Pesto gets some Asian flair with cilantro, fish sauce, sesame oil and lime in this vibrant tofu dish.
It’s been a while since I cooked with tofu. My family loves it, and it’s a nice alternative to meat-filled main courses occasionally.
This dish is really simple to put together, and the flavor of the pesto goes really well with the tofu.
I cut this recipe in half when I made it, and served it as a main course with a side of steamed basmati rice. Instead of spraying the baking sheet and then brushing both sides of the tofu, I just drizzled a thin layer of oil on the sheet, plopped down the slices of tofu and moved them around a little to coat with oil, flipped ’em and moved them around a little more so that both sides were coated. It worked really well.
The fish sauce really makes the pesto unique, but if you want to keep this vegetarian/vegan friendly, you can substitute soy sauce.
My family really enjoyed this meal. I particularly liked biting through the crispy exterior of the tofu and enjoying the silky center. Delicious!
Oh, and on a funny note – apparently I made this recipe back in 2009 and we didn’t care for the Asian twist in the pesto. I think we’re more into fish sauce than we used to be, which probably explains it. I mean, I do have more years of cooking under my belt now, so that’s probably part of it as well. I guess just proceed with caution if you aren’t really into the potent flavor of fish sauce (or go ahead and substitute soy sauce for a more mild flavor.