I never really thought about cooking tofu in the slow cooker since I assumed it might just become a mushy mess. However doing some research, it turns out that you can make some pretty delicious tofu in the slow cooker. I find that pressing the tofu first helps the tofu to stay firm even with 4 hours of cooking. This recipe is inspired by an Asian style sesame barbecue sauce and uses sesame oil, brown sugar, Hoisin sauce, ginger, and orange juice to create a slightly sweet sauce. It's delicious with the tofu and makes a special vegetarian or vegan meal.
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Slow Cooker Sesame Tofu
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- 28 oz. extra firm tofu
- 1 U onion, sliced
- 8 oz. canned tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar (or honey, Stevia, agave)
- 1/2 U orange (juice only)
- 4 tbsp. hoisin sauce
- 2 U garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp. fresh grated ginger
- 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
Press the tofu using a towel or tofu press. Then cut it into triangles or squares.
Layer the onions in the slow cooker and add the tofu on top.
Mix together the remaining ingredients (except sesame seeds).
Cook on high for 3-4 hours.
Optional: Want a thicker sauce? Add the sauce from the slow cooker to a small pot. Bring to a boil. Meanwhile combine 1 tbsp. of cornstarch and 1 tbsp. cold water. Add to the boiling sauce and stir well. Bring to a boil and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens.
Top with sesame seeds.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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