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Sesame tofu with edamame

This is a delicious and healthy vegetarian meal, as long as you don't mind a lot of soy! I got edamame (soybean pods) in my CSA , and this seemed like a tasty way to serve them.

To make a serving for one, I used 1/3 of a cake of refrigerated extra-firm tofu. The leftover I put in an airtight container, covered with water for future meals. Perhaps tofu, broccoli and scallion stir-fry ?

Start by making some homemade teriyaki sauce. Here's the tofu along with some minced ginger and garlic.

Heat soy sauce, sake, ginger, garlic and a little sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes.

I prefer to vacuum marinate my tofu for 4 hours or so in the refrigerator. This is only practical if you have a chamber vacuum sealer, since the FoodSaver type sealers will just suck the marinade of the bag, which pretty much defeats the purpose and makes a huge mess. You can also marinate overnight, which doesn't require any equipment, but probably requires more marinade.

Remove the tofu from the vacuum bag, pick off any ginger or garlic and let dry for a few minutes.

Mix together all-purpose flour and sesame seeds and dredge the tofu.

Bring a pot of water to boil for the edamame. Add salt. Cook for 3 minutes for small, fresh edamame. Drain in a colander then serve. Sprinkle with more salt.

Add oil to a sauté pan over medium heat. I used canola. I rarely use a non-stick pan, but tofu is one of the things I use it for. It is possible to cook it in a well-seasoned pan without sticking, if you're careful. Cook until browned, flip over, and brown the other side.

Serve with white sushi rice. Delicious!

This dish should be vegetarian. Vegan, too. It should be tree-nut free (as long as you don't use nut oil to cook in, of course).

I used all-purpose flour, so there's wheat gluten, but you should be able to use a gluten-free flour substitute and gluten-free soy sauce and it should work to make this dish gluten-free.

It is not productive to make this dish soy-free…

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