October 20, 2008

Mango Ginger Tofu

by IsaChandra

Serves 4 – 6

You can prepare this in several ways, it is fabulous as a grilling marinade. Here I give you conventional oven instructions. It’s tropical, warm, a little spicy and a little sweet. The marinade will fill your kitchen with the most amazing scent while the tofu is cooking. This amount will feed 4 to 6 if accompanied by some jasmine rice.

For the marinade
3 cloves garlic
1 jalepeno, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup fresh ginger, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons peanut oil or veg oil
2 large mangos, roughly chopped (note: you will need one more mango when cooking the tofu, see below)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup white cooking wine (or vegetable broth)
fresh black pepper to taste
dash of salt
1/4 teaspoon allspice
2 tablespoon rice vinegar (use apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar if you dont have rice)
juice of two limes
1 cup orange juice

For the tofu
2 blocks tofu extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
1 mango, sliced in long thin slices
1 red pepper, seeded and cut in long thin slices

The marinade
In a medium sauce pan, heat the oil, add garlic, ginger and jalepeno, saute on medium heat 7 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic. Add 2 chopped mangos and saute 5 minutes

Add pure maple syrup and wine, cover and simmer 35 minutes; Uncover and simmer 5 more minutes.

Add orange juice, vinegar, lime, black pepper, allspice and salt; Add mixture to blender, puree until smooth.

The tofu
Cut tofu blocks into 8 slabs each. Place tofu in marinade in a sealable plastic bag or tupperware. Marinate in the fridge for an hour and up to overnight.

Preheat oven to 375

Reserve about half of the marinate. Lay marinated tofu in a single layer in baking pan. Cook for 20 minutes. Flip tofu over and add more marinade. Dredge peppers and sliced mangos in marinade and add them to pan. Cook another 15 minutes.

Heat up remaining marinade in a sauce pan and put in a bowl on the table (or floor, where ever you’re eating) so guests (or room mates, or who ever is eating) can pour it over the tofu. Serve over jasmine rice, with a steamed vegetable, such as asparagus or broccoli.

  • February 9, 2011 at 3:41 am: Reviewer

    The recipe sounds wonderful, which made my disappointment all the worse. First I was highly put off by several ambiguities in the recipe itself (enough, alone, to merit a few demerits); but I thought, it will be worth it, it sounds delicious. Disappointed again. My partner and I both found the aroma in the kitchen strange and off-putting. Next day, after marinating and proceeding with the baking, the not-so-pleasant aroma was gone. But we were unimpressed with the end product. Mango is always fun, so is ginger. But this recipe still seemed to need more spice, more salt, and I’m not sure exactly what else. Maybe others will have a better opinion of it—if you can stay calm figuring out the recipe ambiguities.

  • March 1, 2011 at 5:19 am: Julie

    I liked this dish. It was light and the sauce was yummy on jasmine rice. I don’t like a lot of over powering spices, so it was just right for me. I would definitely make this again.

  • May 22, 2011 at 10:58 am: Alice

    Easy and delicious! Recipe isn’t hard, just use the substitute’s in brackets if you don’t have the original ingredients. The smell when cooking this was delicious, I definately reccomend. Went down a treat.

  • June 20, 2011 at 4:52 am: starrynight87

    I didn’t find this recipe to be difficult.

  • July 14, 2011 at 7:24 pm: Kristin

    Isa, I love you but I really didn’t like this one. I totally agree with the 2/9/2011 reviewer’s comments, I’m so glad it’s not just me…

  • September 14, 2011 at 11:07 am: Gabrielle

    I loved it! Light, fruity, spicy! I will add more ginger next time, though; I would have liked to taste it a bit more. Also, I want to try to grill the tofu next time; the texture of baked tofu never seems chewy enough to me. Thanks for the recipe!

  • March 27, 2016 at 12:27 am: Rosy Young

    Marinating as we speak – will let you know later tomorrow if successful . So far – so so good! Yum.

  • March 27, 2016 at 12:29 am: Rosy Young

    Marinating as we speak – will let you know later if successful .
    So far – so so good! Yum.