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Broiled Tofu with Cilantro Pesto

  • Author: Epicurious
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 as a side-dish or 4-6 as a main course 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Asian


Pesto gets some Asian flair with cilantro, fish sauce, sesame oil and lime in this vibrant tofu dish.


  • 1/4 cup mild olive oil plus additional for brushing
  • 2 (14- to 16-oz) packages firm tofu, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons Asian fish sauce*
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Garnish: pine nuts; fresh cilantro leaves; lime wedges


  1. Preheat broiler and lightly oil a shallow flameproof baking pan with olive oil.
  2. Cut each block of tofu crosswise into 6 slices and pat dry between several layers of paper towels. Arrange in 1 layer in baking pan and brush tops of slices with more olive oil. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat, without turning, until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  3. While tofu is broiling, purée cilantro, pine nuts, lime juice, fish sauce, sesame oil, sugar, remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper in a food processor until bright green and smooth, about 1 minute.
  4. Transfer tofu with a slotted spatula to a platter and serve with cilantro pesto.


Recipe from Gourmet November 2004 via Epicurious

Pesto can be made 3 days ahead and chilled in an airtight container.

*Substitute soy sauce for fish sauce to make this dish vegetarian/vegan friendly


  • Serving Size: 12 as a side-dish or 4-6 as a main course
  • Calories: 376
  • Sugar: 2.1 g
  • Sodium: 543.1 mg
  • Fat: 29.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.3 g
  • Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Protein: 21.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: tofu, meatless monday, cilantro pesto, pesto sauce

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