Pomegranate glazed tofu is a perfect holiday dish for your friends and family who are vegetarian.
1 block extra firm tofu
1 tablespoon coriander
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon sumac
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon coarse black pepper
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 inch piece ginger minced
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup pomegranate molasses https://amzn.to/3c3NU4o
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup mango nectar
2 – 4 tablespoons soy sauce – start with 2 and add more as you taste the sauce per your liking
1 tablespoon butter for finishing
pomegranate arils for garnish
slice green onion tops for garnish
Prepare the tofu. Really dry the tofu with layers of paper towels placing a pan on top to help press moisture out. This takes a little time. I even set the tofu in the refrigerator several hours and change the paper towels.
Sauce in a medium sauce pan over medium heat, give a swirl of olive oil and saute garlic, and ginger. Once translucent add the remaining ingredients.. Cook over a medium heat, bring to a boil and reduce the sauce until it coats the back of a spoon. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Add salt & pepper and the butter.
Place al the seasoning mix in a small bowl. Stir well to incorporate. You will not use all this seasoning save the extra in a small baggie. Season the tofu.
Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.. Let heat for several minutes, test how hot the pan is by placing your hand over the top of the pan, obviously not touching. If you can feel the heat, then give a swirl of olive oil. Add the tofu. Allow the tofu to get nice and brown before turning. Using a a spatula flip and turn the tofu. Every now and then feel the tofu to see if it is soft or getting firm. This may take a little time. When the tofu is nice and crisp, drizzle some of the sauce in the pan and swirl around. Serve immediately. Garnish with sliced green onion and pomegranate arils.
Serve with rice and vegetables of your choice.
The flavor of the spice rub and sauce is also great on salmon, shrimp, chicken and pork. I think this makes a great holiday dinner you can prepare tofu for the vegetarians in your group and choose a protein for the rest of your group making everyone happy.