Recipe by Chef Cindy
Are you looking for something to make with Tofu? You have to try this Asian-inspired Tofu Veggie Stir-Fry. It is effortless to make. It’s beautifully plated alongside basmati rice in an almost Yin Yang style! What makes this Tofu Veggie Stir Fry Recipe unique is the addition of a Japanese Sea Vegetable, Arame. If you haven’t heard of sea vegetables before, read on. This tasty recipe is a great way to start cooking with sea vegetables!
What are Sea Vegetables?
Sea Vegetables are simply that – plants known as algae (brown, red, green) that grow in the ocean. And Arame is just one of the many species of seaweed. It comes packaged, dried, in long brown strands. To reconstitute it, add water, and within minutes, it’s ready to use. Don’t be discouraged by their weird look! Arame is great for its sweet and mild flavor. Once you get used to the taste, you can use it in many recipes. It is very adaptable for multiple uses and can be added to salads, sautés, soups, and even baked goods.
DYK: Nori, the common wrapper to make sushi, is a sea vegetable!
Is Arame healthy?
Arame is super healthy! Asian countries have touted the many holistic health benefits of sea vegetables. Arame is packed with vitamins and minerals and is incredibly high in iodine, iron, vitamin A, magnesium, and calcium. It is loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants!
Where can you buy sea vegetables?
You can purchase my sea vegetables at Whole Foods Markets. They are usually located down the aisle with other ethnic food items in the Asian section.
I recommend Eden brand Sea Vegetables because they are one of the highest quality brands in the world. These sea vegetables are hand-harvested in pristine, environmentally protected seas. All Eden Sea Vegetables, except Eden Organic Dulse, come from Japan, continuously fed and cleansed by Arctic Currents. They are collected off shorelines that are protected as national natural treasures.
Eden has 14 different types of sea vegetables:
- Agar Agar Bars and Agar Agar Flakes
- Kombu also known as kelp
- Dulse Flakes and Whole Leaf Dulse
- Mekabu Wakame
- Wakame and Wakame Flakes
- Untoasted Nori, Toasted Sushi Nori, Toasted Nori Krinkles and Spicy Nori Strips
One of my concerns, years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, was the contamination of the waters in the Pacific Ocean. EDEN has assured that all food imported from Japan is multi-radionuclide tested (both in Japan and in the USA) to ensure safety.
Another brand to take note of is Maine Coast Sea Vegetables. They are certified organic, GMO-free, and sustainably harvested.
What are White Beech Mushrooms?
White Beech Mushrooms are gourmet east Asian mushrooms that have a firm texture and possess a mildly sweet, nutty taste. If packaged in a cluster format, cut off and discard the base of the cluster. It is very versatile and can be used either whole or sliced. If eaten uncooked, Beech Mushrooms have a strong, bitter flavor; it is best to cook them. Cooking transforms the flavor and makes the mushrooms more digestible and nutritious.
For additional recipes using sea vegetables, try Roasted Red Pepper & Garlic Hummus. In that post, there are also some great tips on how to use an Instant Pot. It works fantastic for cooking rice too!
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Tofu Veggie Stir-Fry with Arame and Basmati RicePrint Recipe
- 1 cup Basmati Rice
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 package tofu
- 1/4 cup arame
- 1 shallot
- 1 red pepper
- 2 large carrots
- 1 3.5 ounce package mushrooms white beech or shiitake
- 2 baby bok choy
- 3 green onions
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons shoyu
- 2 tablespoon Mirin rice cooking wine
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon mellow white miso paste
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper chili flakes optional
- 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
- Start by preparing the rice first in an Instant Pot (or see package for cooktop directions). Place the rice, water and salt in the Instant Pot. Press the pressure cook button on the panel for Rice, cook 15 minutes, release the steam naturally for 10 minutes, uncover and fluff with a fork. Keep warm with cover on until stir-fry is done.
- Place tofu in a strainer with a weighted bowl to release some liquid from the tofu. Place the arame in a measure cup and cover with 1 cup water.
- Prep the ingredients: chop shallot, dice red pepper, slice carrot diagonally, trim ends of mushroom and cut into bite size pieces, slice bok choy crosswise and slice green onions.
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a non stick pan (or wok). Cook the shallots for 2 minutes, add the red pepper, carrots and cook for 5 – 7 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms, bok choy, green onions and cook an additional 7 – 8 minutes. Remove from the pan and place in a covered bowl to keep warm.
- Strain & rinse arame well.
- In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and sear the tofu on all sides. Add the shoyu, mirin, ginger and vegetable broth. Heat and remove 2 tablespoons of broth from pan, stir into a measuring cup with miso to dissolve. Add the vegetables that were set aside and the strained arame. Add miso & broth mixture to pan and stir thoroughly. Optional: Add chili pepper flakes to taste.
- Plate side by side in a bowl with rice (or on top). Top with chopped cilantro and serve.