Monday, July 9, 2012

Pan Seared Tofu and Sushi in Ponzu

This post has two recipes, which I rarely — if ever —do, but they are both so easy that it seemed silly to do one for each.  Blake and I had this as basically our meal one night...with a little Asian Marinated Cucumbers...oh and a Fresh Tuna Tower.  We were stuffed.  It's all so fresh, which is great, especially if you're trying to beat this summer heat.

Sushi-grade fish is best purchased from a trusted source.  If you don't have a local fishmonger you love, order from Chef's Fresh Fish - they have a variety of sushi-grade fish that can be delivered to your door. For this recipe, order the Ahi Tuna Loin and Scottish Salmon, which are both sushi-grade and very high quality.

Ingredients for Tofu:

-2 Tbsp coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
-1 pkg. tofu in water
-3 green onions, chopped

Ingredients for Sushi (for 2 people as an appetizer):

-1/4 lb sushi-grade ahi (yellowfin) tuna
-1/4 lb sushi-grade salmon
-1 Tbsp Ponzu sauce (citrus soy sauce, can usually be found at Whole Foods or Asian Market)
-1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
-1 Tbsp wasabi powder, rehydrated or wasabi paste

The first step is to remove the Tofu from the package and pat dry between two paper towels. My tofu squares were a bit thick so I sliced each one in half.  You can also place a plate over the tofu and paper towels to remove more liquid.

Chop your green onions and heat your coconut (or vegetable) oil over medium high heat in a skillet.  

Once the oil is hot, add the tofu and sear on each side for a few minutes or until golden brown.  Remove and cut into wedges and serve with the green onions as a garnish.  

For the sushi, slice it very thinly and place on a plate.  Top each piece with a thin slice of jalapeño and drizzle of ponzu sauce.  We also put a dollop of wasabi in the middle to enjoy with our fresh fish.  

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