Simmered Tofu with Leeks and Tomatoes

simmered tofu with leeks and tomatoes

This simple, tasty tofu dish, flavored with ripe tomatoes and leeks, makes a nice entrée for a summer dinner. To make it more substantial, serve over warm cooked grains or noodles. Hoisin sauce, a salty-sweet condiment, is readily available in the Asian foods section of well-stocked supermarkets. Photo by Sophie at Happy Spinach.

Serves 4 to 6

  • 2 large or 3 medium leeks, white and palest green parts only,
    chopped and well rinsed (see note)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • One 14- to 16-ounce tub extra-firm tofu, cut into 6 slabs,
    blotted well and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 to 4 medium ripe, juicy tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons dry red wine or sherry, optional
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 2 to 3 scallions, thinly sliced, for topping
  • Sesame seeds for topping

Heat the oil with about 3 tablespoons of water in a stir-fry pan or wide skillet. Add the leeks and garlic and cover. sweat over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, or until just tender.

Add the remaining ingredients and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Lift the lid to stir occasionally. Uncover and simmer 5 minutes more over low heat. Serve at once in shallow bowls, topping each serving with scallions and sesame seeds.

Note: If you prefer, use one large or two medium onions instead of leeks.

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5 comments on “Simmered Tofu with Leeks and Tomatoes

  1. Glen

    Wow, it took me a while to dice all that tofu. I’d definitely recommend going with a little less – say, not more than 10 pounds.

  2. Nava Post author

    Yikes, I hope you’re pulling my leg — though that is a serious error, it should say 14- to 16-ounce tub. I will fix at once!

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