Recently my partner came home with a can of Marigold Braised Tofu. Like me, you may have come across Marigold Bouillon, seen this canned tofu on the shelf next to it and swerved it thinking tofu in a can looks wrong. I thanked him, left it on the counter and wondered what to do with it. For about a month. Eventually I just opened the damn can, looked at the tuna looking stuff inside and tried it. Its good! With some lovely bread and fresh tomato as a simple snack it hit the spot however I’m sure there must be better ways.
Straight out of the can its like wide strips of thin tofu sheets folded onto themselves in liquid. It does look very like tuna but has a mild flavour completely unlike tuna. Its made from the delicate folds of ‘tofu skin’ known as ‘yuba’. I have tried this in a Japanese tofu restaurant where they bring the soy milk out in a warming bowl and you wait for the skin to form on top of the boiling milk, use your chopsticks to gather up a mouthful and then its over to the next diner to wait their turn as you carry on nibbling on all the other deliciousness spread over the table.
But I’m not in Japan at the tofu restaurant. I’m in the UK still wondering what to do with braised tofu. So I googled for a braised tofu recipe. Nothing! Obviously I’m not the only one to swerve the canned tofu! Fortunately the Holland & Barrett product description is more informative and suggests you can roast, bake, stir-fry, use in soups, pastas or pop it in a sandwich.
Well I tried the sandwich and can confirm it works nicely. I imagine it would also be good in a stir-fry, soup or stew and absorb the flavours well BUT I decided to air-fry it. Now if you don’t have an air-fryer you could just roast it, it will just take a bit longer.
The air-fryer method in my Philips took 8 minutes. 8 MINUTES!!! Simply brush the slices with oil using a pastry brush and toss the broccoli florets in a bowl with a tablespoon of oil then put it all in the air-fryer basket and cook for 8 minutes on 180 degrees C (its worth checking it half way through and maybe giving the basket a shake). When I pulled out the drawer and looked in the basket 8 minutes later, what I saw made me drool!
This looks just like roasted meat. Its crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Similar to the texture of roast pork or lamb slices although not tasting like them. The taste is hard to describe. Its a mild flavour… you could easily season it by adding herbs or spices to your oil before coating it but I opted not to since I was serving it with a spiced rice.
Cooking it this way is a WIN! My omnivore partner loved it. I loved it. I am sitting here next day wondering if I should just pop out for another tin.
I can now imagine all manner of ways to use it but know that even just brushed with oil and air-fried/baked it is delicious. I’m reminded of the sandwiches using the leftover meat from roast dinners and I’m salivating… turkey, cranberry and stuffing, lamb & mint, beef & horseradish. This braised tofu could be any or all of those.. without the artery clogging saturated fat but with all the protein.
There’s a whopping 32g of protein in this small can. AND for those of you familiar with the daily dozen checklist, tofu = beans, so here’s another way to get those beans checks! If you don’t know what I’m talking about watch this short video, it is a great way to help you on your way to being a happy, healthy vegan!
Find this delish at your local health food shop, on Amazon or Holland & Barrett in store or online. If you don’t live in the UK and can’t find Marigold braised tofu at your local health food shop, online or in the supermarket, don’t be disheartened. Check your local asian grocers for yuba (tofu sheets), it comes dried but the fresh stuff is what you want! If you live in the US click here! It doesn’t have to be marigold braised tofu, if you find another brand try it!
ARE YOU READY TO MAKE ROASTED BRAISED TOFU???
Tomato Spiced Rice with Roasted Tofu & Broccoli
A way to use braised tofu or yuba.
ROASTED TOFU & BROCCOLI
- 1 225g can Marigold braised tofu or any other brand you find
- 1 head broccoli cut into florets
- 2 tbsp oil for brushing/tossing
- 1 pinch salt
INSTANT POT TOMATO SPICED RICE
- 1 small red onion chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced or chopped
- 1 splash oil for frying use stock if oil free
- 2 tbsp vegan butter optional
- 2 cups brown rice rinsed well
- 250 ml vegetable stock
- 250 ml tomato passata or canned chopped tomatoes
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne chilli powder
If you will be oven roasting your veggies and tofu set the oven to 200 C. Then start with the rice.
INSTANT POT SPICED TOMATO RICE
Set the instant pot to saute and when hot add the splash of oil or broth.
When the oil is hot add in your onion and garlic and saute for a minute or 2.
If using butter add this now (or a little more broth), let it melt then stir in the rice and cook for 4 minutes.
Add the spices to the jug of stock, stir and pour in with the rice along with the passata or canned chopped tomatoes and spices. Stir well.
Switch the instant pot over to manual setting for 22 minutes. Allow natural release for 10 minutes then release.
Fluff the rice with a fork and keep warm until its ready to serve.
BRAISED TOFU & BROCCOLI ROASTED / AIR-FRIED
While the rice is cooking toss your broccoli florets in a large bowl with a pinch of salt and a tbsp of oil. If oil free you can use stock instead.
Take the braised tofu strips and lightly brush with oil (or stock if oil free but you probably won't get quite the crispy finish)
IF AIR-FRYING: Arrange your broccoli and tofu in the air fryer basket and air fry on 180 C for 8 mins, checking at 4 minutes. I use a Philips Air Fryer, if you have a different model your cooking time may vary so keep an eye. You want it browned and crispy looking.
IF OVEN ROASTING: Place your broccoli and tofu on a baking tray and pop in the oven for 25-30 minutes, turning once during cooking.
Plate everything up and enjoy! You may like to drizzle some optional tahini dressing over the broccoli. The link is just below in the notes!
Click here for the tahini dressing recipe. You'll find it at the bottom of the post!