Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Crispy Baked Tofu with Honey-Sesame Glaze Recipe

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Eleanor Reynolds Modified: April 1, 2022
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Crispy Baked Tofu with Honey-Sesame Glaze Recipe

How To Make Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Crispy Baked Tofu with Honey-Sesame Glaze

This baked tofu recipe is a play on textures and flavors. Crispy tofu, tender Brussels sprouts and smooth honey-sesame glaze atop a bed of rice.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour

Serves:

Ingredients

For Brown Rice:

  • cupbrown rice,preferably short grain

For Roasted Brussels Sprouts:

  • lbsbrussels sprouts
  • tbspextra-virgin olive oil
  • fine grain sea salt

For Extra crispy Baked Tofu:

  • 15ozorganic extra-firm tofu,(1 block)
  • 1tbspextra-virgin olive oil
  • 1tbspreduced-sodium tamari,or soy sauce
  • 1tbsparrowroot starch,or cornstarch

For Spicy Honey-sesame Glaze:

  • ¼cupreduced-sodium tamari,or soy sauce
  • 3tbsphoney,or maple syrup
  • 2tbsprice vinegar
  • 2tsptoasted sesame oil
  • 3tspchili garlic sauce,or sriracha

For Garnish:

  • 2tbspsesame seeds
  • handfulfresh cilantro leaves,(big handful), torn by hand

Instructions

  1. Position oven racks in the lower third and upper third of the oven.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Line two large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper for easy cleanup (and to prevent the tofu from sticking).

  3. Bring a large pot of water to boil for the rice. Rinse the rice in a fine mesh colander under running water and set aside.

  4. Drain the tofu and use palms to gently squeeze out some of the water. Slice the tofu into thirds lengthwise to have 3 even slabs. Stack the slabs on top of each other and slice through them lengthwise to make 3 even columns, then slice across to make 5 even rows.

  5. Line a cutting board with an absorbent lint-free tea towel or paper towels, then arrange the tofu in an even layer on the towel(s).

  6. Fold the towel(s) over the cubed tofu, then place something heavy on top (like another cutting board, topped with a cast iron pan or large cans of tomatoes) to help the tofu drain.

  7. Let the tofu rest for at least 10 minutes while prepping the Brussels sprouts.

  8. Trim the nubby ends and any discolored leaves off the Brussels sprouts, then cut the sprouts in halves lengthwise. Toss the sprouts with a light, even layer of olive oil.

  9. On a large baking sheet, arrange the sprouts in an even layer, flat sides down, and sprinkle with sea salt.

  10. Transfer the pressed tofu to one of your prepared baking sheets and drizzle with the olive oil and tamari. Toss to combine.

  11. Sprinkle the arrowroot starch over the tofu, and toss the tofu until the starch is evenly coated, so there are no powdery spots remaining. Arrange the tofu in an even layer across the pan.

Rice:

  1. Once the water is boiling, add the rice. Let the rice boil for 30 minutes, then remove from heat and drain the rice. Transfer the drained rice back to the cooking pot and cover for 5 minutes.

  2. Remove lid, add a dash of sea salt and use a fork to fluff the rice. Set aside, partially covered, until ready to serve.

Bake Sprouts and Tofu:

  1. Transfer the pan of Brussels sprouts to the lower oven rack, and the pan of tofu to the top rack. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, tossing the contents of each pan halfway through cooking, until the sprouts and tofu are deeply golden on the edges.

Glaze:

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the glaze ingredients (start with 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce or sriracha and add more to taste). Bring the glaze to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring often and reducing heat as necessary.

  2. Simmer until the glaze is reduced by about half. Remove the glaze from the heat and set aside.

Assemble:

  1. Divide the rice onto four plates. Top each plate with sprouts and tofu and drizzle with glaze.

  2. Finish each plate with a very generous sprinkling of sesame seeds and a small handful of chopped cilantro.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 557.15kcal
  • Fat: 19.51g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.14g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 9.83g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.56g
  • Carbohydrates: 80.20g
  • Fiber: 10.36g
  • Sugar: 17.77g
  • Protein: 22.34g
  • Sodium: 1318.33mg
  • Calcium: 361.10mg
  • Potassium: 1084.69mg
  • Iron: 6.58mg
  • Vitamin A: 78.14µg
  • Vitamin C: 146.61mg
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