nutritional information

Per 2 triangles with 2 Tbs. pesto:

  • Calories: 282
  • Protein: 16 g
  • Total Fat: 22 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 511 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 0 g
Vegan

Spice-roasted Tofu Fillets with Jade Pesto

Spice-roasted Tofu Fillets with Jade Pesto

Serves 6

These fillets are superb served solo or over soba noodles. Garnish with microgreens, if desired.
Tofu Fillets
  • 2 16-oz. pkg. extra-firm tofu, drained, rinsed, and cut into 3 slabs each
  • ½ cup soybean oil
  • 6 Tbs. dry southwest, jerk, or Cajun spice blend
  • 4 Tbs. tamari or low-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 tsp. toasted sesame oil
Pesto
  • 6 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups loosely packed cilantro leaves
  • 4 whole green onions, chopped (½ cup)
  • ½ cup soybean oil
  • 4 Tbs. peeled and chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 small cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. prepared wasabi, optional
  • ⅛ tsp. white pepper

To make Tofu Fillets:

1. Place tofu slabs in large shallow dish. Whisk together soybean oil, spice blend, tamari, and sesame oil. Pour over tofu slabs, and chill 1 hour, or overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray, and arrange tofu slabs on prepared baking sheet. Bake tofu 12 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Remove, and cool.

To make Pesto:

3. Purée all ingredients with 1/2 cup water in food processor or blender until smooth. Slice each tofu slab into 2 triangles. Top with Pesto.

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comments

Cilantro is the Spanish word for coriander. Someone decided to name the seeds coriander and the leaves 'cilantro". NO GOOD REASON, except to be different. One could also name the dill seeds differently from the dill plant. Ludicrous, to say the least. I still call it coriander or and use curly parsley, instead of the flat leaf kind, because they taste identical. Besides my mother grew curly parsley [plus many others] So I don't go with the hype :-) Thai basil is perfect, it's not as fragile & lasts a lot longer than the regular basil & tastes terrific. I grow it in my backyard - it's easy to grow - and love it!

Anja - 2016-04-09 17:50:18

Hmmm, I bet Thai basil would work for the basil in the pesto!

Pam - 2014-04-10 00:27:15

Linda.... Green Onions= Scalions Cilantro....I want to say that is Italian flat leaf parsley. It's the herb that coriander seed comes from in any case.

Shawn M. - 2014-04-09 16:51:11

For the Brits/Irish: Cilantro = coriander; green onions = spring onions. Vegan love from an American expat living in Ireland. :-)

Dia - 2014-04-09 16:18:00

I can't find cilantro leaves at my supermarket, and what do you mean by green onions? Assume this is an American recipe, is there a British equivalent please?

Linda Slawson - 2014-04-08 21:40:52

I am looking for a vegetarian, THAI coconut mushroom soup recipe. Could you please send me one ASAP. Thank you. Madhu Sheth.

Madhu Sheth - 2013-08-22 03:39:49

Amazing! I added a little chili paste to the tofu marinade. My fiance loved it!

Lanae Cordes - 2013-04-15 03:38:33

Been making this recipe occasionally for over a year now, and we love it!! I use olive oil instead of soy bean with no problems. We bake the tofu at 400 for a while and then put under the broiler for a little bit. It crisps up very nicely.Delish! try it!

Meghan Nelson - 2012-07-09 20:54:25

Don't forget to press the tofu! Pressing gets water out and allows the marinade to be better absorbed. Pressing also gives tofu a better texture. I use the EZ Tofu Press, available on line, everytime I use extra firm and firm tofu!

Ben - 2012-05-10 10:39:22

Sounds so good! I will make this when my garden comes in! Thank you.

Jo Ann Davidson - 2012-04-25 17:39:13

Delicious! I cut the oil in half and broiled the fillets after they had baked. I also didn't make the sauce and they were great without it although I will try it.

Debbie - 2011-04-11 12:20:19

I am wondering why this recipe calls for soybean oil. Why not a more healthy oil, like extra virgin olive oil, or even grapeseed or canola?

Kathleen - 2011-04-06 19:00:49

wow - I wish our salad bars contained something even half as exciting as this for vegans!!!!!!!!

christine - 2010-10-06 04:55:11

We have made this recipe so many times. It is a hit with kids and adults alike. I some times substitute the cilartro and basil pesto, for a mint pesto. Great dish!

Asit - 2011-07-16 13:05:03