Tofu and broccoli are such cliched vegan ingredients, but they are popular for a reason! One of my husband’s all time favorite meals is this teriyaki tofu and broccoli, and it’s so simple to make!
My favorite way to prepare tofu is to cut it into small pieces and bake it. It develops a beautiful golden crust that is just waiting to be coated in sauce. It’s a lot easier (and healthier) than frying, creates no mess, and frees you up to prepare the rest of the meal. This technique is also what I use for curries – I just throw the baked tofu into the curry at the end and let it cook a few minutes to soak up the flavors.
While the tofu bakes, all you need to do is steam or boil the broccoli and make a 6 ingredient teriyaki sauce! My teriyaki sauce recipe calls for both tamari and coconut aminos. I find using just tamari (even low sodium) is too salty, but coconut aminos by themselves don’t have quite enough flavor. If you’re looking to make a paleo teriyaki sauce, you could replace the tamari with more coconut aminos. The sauce takes just a couple of minutes to cook, then you toss it with the baked tofu. Fill your bowls with broccoli, top with teriyaki tofu, scallions and sesame seeds, and that’s it! You can always serve with a cooked grain if desired, but I like it best as is.
- 2-12 or 14 oz packages extra or super firm tofu
- 4 heads broccoli, cut into florets
- ¼ c. tamari
- ¼ c. coconut aminos
- ⅓ c. mirin
- 2 T. agave nectar
- ½" piece ginger, peeled and minced
- 2 T. tapioca starch or flour
- 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 T. sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- Drain tofu. Cut each slab into 8 pieces widthwise, then each slice into strips or triangles. Place on a baking sheet that is either very well greased or lined with a silicone baking mat. Bake until tofu is firm and golden; between 25-45 minutes, depending on the firmness of your tofu.
- Steam or boil broccoli until tender.
- Combine tamari, coconut aminos, agave, ginger and tapioca starch in a large pan over medium heat. Let come to a boil and stir continuously until thickened, a couple of minutes. Add the tofu and stir to combine.
- Garnish with the scallions and sesame seeds, and serve over broccoli.