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Pan-Seared Tofu over Black Rice Noodles

Pan-Seared Tofu over Black Rice Noodles


Dinner Tofu Pasta Gluten-Free High-Protein
2 2
35 min


  1. 1 package extra firm tofu
  2. 10 ounces baby bok choy
  3. Fresh cilantro
  4. Fresh ginger
  5. 1 shallot
  6. Salt*
  7. 8 ounces black rice noodles
  8. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil*
  9. 2 scallions
  10. 1 tablespoon Sambal
  11. 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  12. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  13. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  14. 2 tablespoons cashews
  15. *not included


Prep the tofu and veggies

Drain and dry the tofu as much as possible by patting it and letting it sit on paper towels. Split the bok choy in half and cut the V-shaped cores out. Break apart the leaves and rinse clean. Rinse and dry the cilantro. Peel and mince the ginger and shallot.

Bath time for the noodles

In a large pot, bring 6 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil. Once boiling, add noodles and cook uncovered for 6 minutes. Cook, checking every minute until noodles are tender. Once done, strain into a colander and run quickly under cool water. Return to the pot and toss with 1/2 teaspoon of oil to prevent sticking. Cover and set aside.

Get your pan ready

Divide the brick of tofu into 4 blocks, and then halve each piece to end up with 8 small squares. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Bunch the bok choy leaves together and roughly chop them into medium bite-sized pieces.

Sear the tofu and veggies

The oil should be hot now in the skillet. Carefully add all 8 squares of tofu using a spoon or spatula; the oil will snap a little bit while it cooks off excess water. Cook covered for 4 to 6 minutes, checking to see if the bottoms have turned golden brown. If the tofu sticks, give it a little more time before flipping. When tofu is ready, flip to other side and add ginger, shallots, and bok choy to the pan and cover. Cook until the bok choy is bright green, about 4 to 6 minutes.

Get a little saucy

In a medium bowl, mix together the sambal, soy sauce, brown sugar, 1/2 cup water, and cornstarch until smooth. Add the sauce to the skillet with tofu and cook until the sauce just starts to thicken, about 5 minutes. Add the cashews. When it’s ready, the sauce should just coat the back of a spoon. Bunch up your cilantro and roughly chop it into small pieces. Rinse, trim, and slice the scallion.

Wok the wok

Put half of the noodles into a bowl. Sprinkle with some cilantro, scallions, and half of the tofu and bok choy. Top with the sauce and serve hot.