Asian Tofu with Baby Bok Choy

Asian Tofu with Baby Bok Choy

Detox Resolution Recipe Series: Using whole grains, vegetables, lean meats and healthier fats in recipes that you may find taste really good!

In yesterday’s Whole Grain Pasta and Chard dinnerFeed, Richard and I decided to “trim the sails” and reduce our caloric intake. We’re sticking to our guns with tonight’s meal, as well, in a dish featuring tofu.

In a previous Baked Tofu dinnerFeed, I gently tried coaxing tofu haters into trying tofu through a 2-step program. The word on the street is this conversion process worked in several case-studies. If you remain a tofu-hater yet to be convinced, I haven’t given up on you. This recipe uses different Asian vegetables.

To save time, don’t roast the pepper. Simply slice it and sauté it when adding the shiitakes. You may also substitute an Asian marinade, such as Soy Vay, for the soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds and ginger.

Recipe: Asian Tofu with Baby Bok Choy


  • 12-14 ounces tofu; soft, medium or firm
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon-1 tablespoon hot chili paste with garlic, optional
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, white, black or a combination
  • 3 heads baby bok choy, remove yellow stems and core
  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, wipe clean, remove woody stems and sliced
  • 1 roasted yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro plus extra sprigs for garnish, optional


  1. Cut tofu into 1-inch slices and drain, weighted down on paper towels, 30 minutes to 1 hour. Moisture content varies greatly so you may need to change the paper towels when they become wet.
  2. Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes. In a shallow dish, whisk together 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger and 1/2 teaspoon chili paste, if using. Taste and add more chili paste as desired. Place pieces of tofu in the marinade and let rest, at room temperature, 30 minutes to one hour, turning once.
  3. Preheat oven to 400˚.
  4. Line a baking sheet with foil, lightly oiled or sprayed with cooking oil spray. Place pieces of tofu on baking sheet;
  5. Bake tofu on center rack of oven 10 minutes. Remove from oven and turn tofu squares over. Divide and sprinkle top of each piece with sesame seeds and return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes, or until tofu is golden brown.
  6. While tofu is baking, in a large sauté pan, heat remaining tablespoon sesame oil. Sauté bok choy until just tender, about 10 minutes. Toss sliced shiitakes with any remaining tofu marinade. Stir mushrooms and peppers into the bok choy and sauté an additional 3-5 minutes or until shiitakes are just limp.
  7. Arrange tofu pieces over sauteed vegetables; sprinkle and garnish with cilantro, if using.

Time to drain and marinate tofu: 1 hour to 90 minutes

Active Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings (To increase the yield, serve with rice or noodles.)

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