Cooking with Erica: Basil Tofu in Coconut-Curry Sauce

Both Jason and I think this dish is spicy enough, but not flavorful enough. Gretchen thought it was beyond perfect. But overall, it was pretty good. Plus, it’s a quick meal to make if you marinate the tofu in advance. (I ended up making a batch of cookies while I was waiting.)

Basil Tofu in Coconut-Curry Sauce

Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens’ New Cook Book 12th edition.

1 14oz tofu
2 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsp olive oil
1 13 1/2 or 14 oz can unsweetened coconut milk
1 tbsp cornstarch
3 tbsp fresh basil

Cut tofu into 1-inch pieces. Place in medium bowl and mix in curry powder, salt, black pepper, and chili powder. Coat evenly. Cover and chill for 1 or 2 hours to allow spices to penetrate the tofu.

Cut tofu and coat evenly with spice mix

Chop onions and jalapeno peppers.

Chop onions and peppers

In a large nonstick wok or skillet cook and stir onion and jalapeno peppers in hot oil over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Remove onion mixture.

Cook onion mixture

Add tofu and cook and stir for about 4 minutes. Remove tofu.

Cook tofu

Combine coconut milk and cornstarch. Carefully add to wok. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly.

Heat coconut milk until thick and bubbly

Return tofu and onion mixture to wok. Stir in basil. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes more or until heated thoroughly.

Cook mixture

Serve over hot rice.

About Erica

Erica McGillivray spends too much contemplating the socioeconomic importance of the bananaphone. Ring, ring, ring. Bananaphone. She loves bunnies, soap opera plots in comic books, and dreams of flying in the stars. Erica works for Moz in inbound marketing, which means sometimes, she'll talk about that.
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2 Responses to Cooking with Erica: Basil Tofu in Coconut-Curry Sauce

  1. Carole says:

    I imagine serving this with a side of napa or bok choy or choi sum or even chinese broccoli, or even green beans … mmmmm.

  2. Erica says:

    @Carole — Oooh, a side dish would be very yummy. It might add a little more flavor.

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