Watch your tofu soak up this marinade, which caramelizes nicely over a hot grill. This is a great entrée, but also a delicious lunchtime or late-night snack: Toss the tofu on a brioche roll, add a dollop of mayo, and call it a day (or night, as you wish).
1 14-ounce package firm tofu
1 cup light soy sauce
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons gochujang paste (or sriracha as a substitute)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 cups shallots, thinly sliced
1 lemon (for zest)
3 sprigs cilantro
- Preheat a grill to high heat, or heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Cut the tofu into four 1-inch-thick slabs and pat them dry with paper towels. Lightly brush the tofu with oil and grill on both sides until deeply charred, about 1 minute each side. Transfer to a wide, shallow dish.
- In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, pineapple juice, lemon juice, sugar, and gochujang paste and mix well. Pour the marinade over the grilled tofu and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, pour enough oil into a small saucepan to come 11/2 to 2 inches up the sides. Bring the temperature to 325°F over high heat, as measured by a deep-fry or candy thermometer. Meanwhile, line a sheet pan with paper towels and put it by the stove to hold the shallots as they come out of the oil.
- Put the cornstarch in a small bowl. Dredge the shallot discs in the cornstarch, shaking to remove any excess. When the oil is hot, add the shallots to the pot and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to the prepared sheet pan, let drain, and sprinkle with salt.
- To serve, place the tofu on a large plate, sprinkle the lemon zest on top, and sprinkle with the crispy shallots to finish. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
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