Marinated Tofu with Shiitake Stuffing

Layers of Asian flavors heighten the appeal of this Asian-inspired entrée.

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Layers of Asian flavors heighten the appeal of this Asian-inspired entrée.



  • Two 1-lb. blocks tofu, soft, silken or firm
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 8 oz. fresh shiitakes, finely chopped in food processor
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 Tbs. sherry
  • 1 Tbs. tamari soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper


If using silken tofu, drain for 2 to 3 hours by weighting it down with plate. Cut each piece tofu in half vertically to form 4 smaller blocks.

Using melon baller or soup spoon, scoop out middle of each block, about 1½ inches deep x 1½ inches wide. Mince scooped-out tofu and set aside.

Heat oils in skillet over medium heat and sauté garlic and ginger until soft. Add chopped shiitakes, scallions, sherry and reserved chopped tofu. Cook until dry and dark brown, about 5 minutes. Add sherry, tamari, fresh coriander, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Cook another 2 to 3 minutes, remove from heat and set aside.

Put mushroom mixture into pastry bag and pipe it into hollow of each tofu block. Alternatively, use spoon to scoop mixture into hollows.

Steam stuffed tofu on rack in vegetable steamer for 5 minutes until hot, or microwave to heat through. Serve with tamari or regular soy sauce or miso vinaigrette.

Wine Suggestion

Choose a full-bodied, organic red such as Rene Mure “V” 1999 Pinot Noir, or an organic white, such as Rudi Pichler Terrassen 1998 Riesling, from Wachau, Austria.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 190
  • Carbohydrate Content 11 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 10 g
  • Fiber Content 1 g
  • Protein Content 13 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 550 mg
  • Sugar Content 0 g