Have you tried shichimi togarashi? It’s a seasoning blend also known as Japanese seven spice. The condiment is a mix of red chili pepper, orange peel, black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds, Japanese pepper, ginger and seaweed. It makes all dishes more delicious. I sprinkle it on everything from soups to rice bowls to veggies…whatever needs a flavor kick.Lately, I’ve been using togarashi to season baked tofu. The recipe couldn’t be easier. Simply coat pieces of tofu in oil and shichimi togarashi and bake.
Togarashi Baked Tofu Recipe
1 package (12-ounces) tub-style extra firm tofu
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 to 1 teaspoon shichimi togarashi* (sometimes labeled nanami togarashi)
Tamari (soy sauce)
Toasted sesame oil
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Drain and rinse tofu. Gently, but firmly press tofu brick to release excess water; pat dry. Slice tofu brick into small pieces. I sliced mine into 8 slices the long way by 4 slices the short way to get 32 total bite-size pieces.
Place tofu pieces in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with togarashi. (*Use the full 1 teaspoon togarashi if you like your tofu a bit spicy!) Gently stir the tofu to coat with the oil and togarashi.
Place tofu slices in a single layer on baking pan. Bake tofu 25 to 30 minutes until the edges begin to brown. Serve warm or cold. I like to serve the baked tofu with a simple dipping sauce of tamari mixed with a few drops of toasted sesame oil.
Makes 4 servingsI love baked tofu because it’s super versatile and makes an excellent salad topper. Here I’ve served togarashi baked tofu, roasted crimini mushrooms and fresh cucumber and tomato over romaine lettuce. To finish, I drizzled lightly with plum vinegar, tamari and olive oil and then sprinkled with gomasio sesame seaweed blend. Avocado would be an excellent addition.
More tofu recipes:
Easy Sambal Baked Tofu from Kingfield Kitchen
Honey Sriracha Baked Tofu from Kingfield Kitchen
Simple Tofu Scramble from Kingfield Kitchen
Easy Baked Tofu
Spicy Edamame and Togarashi from The Chubby Vegetarian
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