I’m partnering up with House Foods today to bring you this awesome Jamaican jerk tofu recipe! Thanks, House Foods, for sponsoring this post!
This Jamaican jerk-inspired dish has been one of my favorites lately. Jerk chicken is something that I love eating, and I wanted to make a vegan version of the dish by using tofu instead. Tofu is the perfect balance to the intense spice of a jerk sauce. In the recipe below, I provide a recipe for making jerk sauce, but you can also use store-bought sauce instead. Traditionally, jerk sauce is made with Scotch Bonnet peppers. However, those peppers are difficult for me to find, so I am using habanero peppers instead.
For the tofu, I used House Foods’ organic extra-firm tofu. I love cooking with their tofu because the quality is consistently good. Their cute packaging scores bonus points with me, too. The Doraemon packaging is my all-time favorite.
MASTERING MY MISTAKES / COOKING NOTES
- A note about the spice: Traditional Jamaican jerk marinades are made with Scotch Bonnet peppers. I haven’t seen them around yet, so I used habanero peppers instead. This sauce is definitely spicy! Feel free to use fewer habaneros or one seeded jalapeño pepper for less spice. Warning: If you’re using habaneros, resist the urge to test the sauce before it is cooked down. I made that mistake when I was testing the recipe, and my mouth was on fire!
- You can make the tofu with or without the crust: For this recipe, I decided to toss the tofu in cornstarch and pan fried them separately to give the tofu an extra crust. Because I’ve already featured several recipes that are straight-up tofu stir fries, I thought this would be a good change of pace. Feel free to skip the crust.
- Blending the sauce: Because we’re not mixing a lot of ingredients for the sauce, I like dumping all the ingredients into a jar using my immersion blender for the job.
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Jamaican Jerk Sauce
- 2 to 3 habanero peppers, seeded and ribs removed
- 4 stalks of green onions, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme (or 1 tablespoon dried thyme)
- 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 to 2 limes)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon tomato paste, depending on your taste
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- one 12-ounce package of House Foods extra-firm tofu
- 4 to 5 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
Vegetable Stir Fry
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, sliced
- 1 medium red pepper, seeded and sliced
- 2 cups snow peas (about 1/2 pound / 225g)
- 1 stalk of green onion, sliced
- pinch of salt
- Drain tofu and wrap it around paper towels. Press it down with something heavy. I used my skillet for this. Set aside.
- Blend jerk sauce ingredients in a blender. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat and pour in jerk sauce. When the sauce starts boiling, turn off heat and set aside.
- Chop tofu into 1/2-inch cubes. Pour tofu into a gallon-sized freezer bag, and add about 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. Give everything a shake. If all tofu pieces are not coated with cornstarch, add another tablespoon and shake.
- Heat a skillet or pan over medium-high heat with 1 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil. When the pan is hot, add half of the tofu cubes. The tofu should sizzle upon contact with the pan. Lightly brown each side of the cube (about 2 minutes total cooking time). This should take about 2 minutes. Dish up tofu, add remaining sesame oil to pan, and brown remaining tofu. Dish up tofu and set everything aside.
- Wipe down the pan and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Make sure the pan is over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until softened, about a minute or two. Add red peppers and snow peas and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the snow peas turn into a vibrant green color. Sprinkle on a pinch of salt and add green onions and tofu. Add jerk sauce, one tablespoon at a time, until you get the right amount of sauce for your taste. Stir everything up and turn off heat. Serve over rice and garnish with sesame seeds if you like.
NUTRITION INFORMATION: Makes 4 Servings. Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363, Total Fat 23g, Saturated Fat: 3.3g, Sodium: 597mg, Cholesterol: 0mg, Total Carbohydrate: 27.5g, Dietary Fiber: 5.6g, Sugar: 8.6g, Protein 16.4g
1. You can replace the habaneros with a jalapeño pepper for less spice.
2. Feel free to skip the cornstarch breading. Just make sure that the tofu cubes are warmed all the way through when you add it to the vegetables.
3. If you have some jerk sauce leftover, like I did, use it for your next stir fry!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 3.3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 597mgCarbohydrates: 27.5gFiber: 5.6gSugar: 8.6gProtein: 16.4g
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