Sauteed Tofu with Tea Seed Oil and Basil Pistou
Created by Rori Trovato
Tofu gets a new identity when sautéed in sweet-smelling tea seed oil.
Servings: Makes 2–3 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound firm or extra-firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup tea seed oil
  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts for garnish (optional)
Directions
Take tofu from package and drain well. Cut into 1/2-inch slices crosswise to form tofu "steaks." Place tofu steaks onto layers of paper towels and top with additional paper towels. Place a baking sheet on top to create light pressure to release additional moisture. Allow to drain for at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, to make pistou, combine basil, 3 tablespoons tea seed oil, and garlic in a small bowl. Mix well. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and pinch of pepper. Set aside.

In a large sauté pan, heat remaining oil until hot but not smoking. Carefully place tofu steaks in pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until golden brown, 4 to 7 minutes. Turn and cook the other side the same way, and season again with salt and pepper to taste. Remove and place on serving platter; drizzle pistou on top. Serve hot, with a sprinkle of pine nuts.

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