Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tofu Steaks with Baby Oyster Mushrooms + Carrots

Oysters. Chanterelles. Enoki. Portabellos. Shiitake. I love all types of mushrooms, and with their varying tastes and textures it can be fun to experiment with different recipes. Yesterday, I came upon these lovely baby oyster mushrooms and I couldn't resist taking them home. I stir fried these babies with some flavorful carrots and served them with lightly pan-fried tofu steaks. 

  • 1 package firm tofu
  • 2 cups baby oyster mushrooms, bottoms trimmed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated 
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced thinly on the bias
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper, minced (cerrano or jalapeno)
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

Prepare Tofu:
Tofu "Steaks"
Slice tofu so you have four "steaks" approximately 3" x 3"in size. Place on paper towel-lined plate to drain and pat dry. Season each side with salt and pepper. In large non-stick skillet, heat 2 tbs olive oil. Place the four tofu steaks in pan and cook for 3-4 minutes, until lightly crispy and browned. (To check, lift edge gently with a fork.) When done, carefully flip them over and cook the other side until equally crisp.  

Stir Fry:
Heat 2 tbs olive oil in large non-stick pan. Add garlic, ginger, chili pepper and carrots and cook on high heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring with wooden spoon to prevent from burning. Rinse mushrooms* and add them to pan. Add soy sauce and 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper. Optional: sprinkle salt to taste. Cook for 4-5 minutes on high heat, stirring occasionally. Serve over tofu steaks.

*There has been much debate over the years on whether or not to wash mushrooms, but I say go ahead and rinse away.
Serve as a starter or a main course. 

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