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Japanese tofu steak topped with sauteed mushrooms and crispy garlic chips.
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Tofu Steak

With seared tofu glazed in Japanese steak sauce and topped with sauteed mushrooms and crispy garlic chips, this Tofu Steak recipe makes for an easy protein-packed meal with layers of textures and flavors.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese-Western
Keyword tofu
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Mushrooms, Tofu
Diet Dairy-Free, Low-Carb, Pescatarian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Draining time 1 hour
Servings 2 servings
Calories 218kcal

Ingredients

For tofu steak

  • 350 grams extra firm tofu
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 15 grams garlic (2 large cloves)
  • 100 grams Enoki mushrooms
  • 60 grams Shiitake mushrooms
  • Scallions (chopped for garnish)

For Japanese steak sauce

  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

Instructions

  • Drain the tofu and then use a sharp knife to slice the tofu in half horizontally into two steaks roughly the same thickness.
    350 grams extra firm tofu
    Slicing block of tofu into steaks.
  • Place the tofu steaks on a wire rack set on a tray and sprinkle with the salt. Place another tray or flat plate on top of the tofu, and then balance a heavy weight on top. Let the tofu drain for at least an hour.
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    Tofu steaks being salted and drained.
  • Trim the growing medium off of the Enoki. Clean the Shiitake with a damp paper towel, trim the stems off, and slice up the caps.
    100 grams Enoki mushrooms, 60 grams Shiitake mushrooms
    Slicing shiitake mushrooms.
  • Peel and slice the garlic about 1mm thick. I recommend using a mandoline so the slices are an even thickness; otherwise, they will not crisp evenly.
    15 grams garlic
    Slicing garlic for garlic chips.
  • When the tofu is done draining, transfer it to a dry work surface and season both sides with a generous amount of black pepper. Dust all sides of the tofu steaks with an even layer of potato starch.
    Black pepper, 1 tablespoon potato starch
    Drained tofu seasoned with black pepper and dusted with potato starch.
  • Heat a frying pan over low heat and then add the oil and sliced garlic. Spread the slices out into a single layer and continue frying, flipping them over in sequence until they've started to tan around the edges and there are no longer bubbling.
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    Frying garlic chips in oil.
  • Transfer the garlic chips to a paper towel-lined plate as they turn golden. Be careful not to let the garlic get too dark, or it will become bitter.
  • Add the tofu steaks to the pan and turn up the heat to medium. Let the tofu fry undisturbed until it's golden brown on one side (3-4 minutes). Next, flip the tofu over and brown the second side (another 3-4 minutes).
    Pan-fried tofu steaks.
  • Once the tofu is browned, transfer to a plate and add the mushrooms. Saute the mushrooms until they're starting to brown (~3-4 minutes), and then transfer them out of the pan.
    Sautéed enoki and shiitake mushrooms.
  • Add the sake, ketchup, soy sauce, and brown sugar to the pan and turn up the heat to bring the mixture to a boil. Let the sauce reduce until the bubbles get large and glossy (about a minute).
    2 tablespoons sake, 2 tablespoons ketchup, 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
    Japanese steak sauce boiling in a pan.
  • Return the tofu steaks to the pan and flip them repeatedly to glaze with the sauce.
    Glazing tofu steaks with Japanese steak sauce.
  • Return the mushrooms to the pan and coat them with the remaining sauce.
    Coating mushrooms with steak sauce.
  • Plate your tofu steaks and top with the sauteed mushrooms, crispy garlic chips, and chopped scallions to serve.
    Scallions

Nutrition

Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1301mg | Potassium: 698mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 3mg