TERIYAKI TOFU & KIMCHI FRIED RICE
This is one of the easiest recipes that I have ever made and is perfect for those weeknights after work. The tofu is amazingly sweet and salty while the fried rice is a bit spicy. I served this with some roasted broccoli but any greens would work great with this meal. This is also a great way to use up some leftover rice as fried rice usually is made with day old rice.
What is Kimchi?
Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish that usually includes cabbage, vegetables, garlic, ginger, chili peppers, salt, and sometimes fish sauce. This mixture is pickled and fermented, which was used to help preserve the vegetables during the winter. Cabbage is the most common vegetable used to make kimchi but carrots, radish, cucumber, and scallions are great options as well. There are lots of vegan options out there (no fish sauce) so just check the ingredients list! Definitely recommend trying to make your own as well.
TERIYAKI TOFU & KIMCHI FRIED RICE RECIPE
1 1/2 cups kimchi
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 block of extra firm tofu
2 tbsp corn starch
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp teriyaki sauce
2 tsp maple syrup
If you are using day old rice skip this step.
If you are using fresh rice start by preparing that. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, and add 2 cups of dry brown rice. Once it returns to a boil add 1/4 tsp of salt, reduce the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes or until all of the water has been absorbed.
Next preheat your oven to 375F (or if using an air fryer skip this step)
Press your tofu with your hands to remove the water. Cut into 3/4" cubes and coat with corn starch, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Add to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping after 10.
For the rice, add kimchi to a large pan and saute for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the rice and saute for 10 minutes. It should begin to stick to the pan and turn a beautiful orange color. Add a tbsp or two of water at a time to deglaze the bottom. Rice is ready to serve.
Remove tofu from oven and add to a pan with teriyaki sauce and maple syrup. Toss to coat and saute over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until sauce has been absorbed.
Serve tofu over rice with some fresh chives and greens or roasted broccoli.