Tofu is Asian in origin and is a staple of Asian cuisine, so understandably a lot of tofu recipes tend to include other typical Asian ingredients such as soy sauce and ginger. While these kinds of tofu dishes are delicious, the same combination of flavors can start to feel repetitive if you’re eating a lot of tofu.
But tofu need not be so limited! Case in point…
In this recipe tofu is prepared with balsamic vinegar, basil, and orange juice. The result is a tangy dish that feels like it could come from an Italian or Greek cookbook. It’s an easy dish to love, and a great reminder of just how versatile tofu can be.
1 14-ounce package extra-firm water-packed tofu, rinsed
2 tablespoons red miso, divided
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided
4 teaspoons vegetable broth, divided
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (from the jar will be fine here too)
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a large baking pan with oilve oil or cooking spray.
2. Pat tofu dry and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Whisk 1 tablespoon miso, 1 tablespoon vinegar and 2 teaspoons broth in a large bowl until smooth. Add the tofu; gently toss to coat. Spread the tofu in an even layer on the prepared baking pan. Roast for 15 minutes.
3. Gently toss asparagus with the tofu. Return to the oven and roast until the tofu is golden brown and the asparagus is tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.
4. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon miso, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 2 teaspoons broth, basil, orange zest, orange juice, and salt in the large bowl until smooth.
5. Toss the roasted tofu and asparagus with the sauce and serve.