25-Minute Lemongrass Tofu + Sesame Aioli Tacos w/ Ginger Lime Asian Slaw

25-Minute Lemongrass Tofu + Sesame Aioli Tacos w/ Ginger Lime Asian Slaw

Difficulty: 2/5 (5 being hardest)
Spice Level: 1/3 (3 being spiciest)

Prep & Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
Servings: 4-6

The Challenge: 25-Minute Tofu Tacos

It is recipe #1 for my new 30-Minute March Madness Challenge. Starting a little early, all March I'll be posting simple recipes that you can prep + cook in 30 minutes or less. Yum + Simple!

We kickstart the challenge with some absolutely delicious tacos. One of my go to recipes whenever I want to cook something nice + quick are tacos. What I love about tofu tacos is that they are super quick, but the tofu can capture amazing flavor. These tacos are Asian-influenced and oh so tasty.

We start by marinating the tofu in a lemongrass, cilantro, sesame, and ginger quick sauce. Fry that up in a pan to get it crispy + warm. We then smother it in a deliciously simple ginger lime asian slaw. Then, we finish it off with a decadent sesame cilantro aioli that is to die for. Overall, though, this dish is simple but downright filthy tasty. Your family will think you brought home gourmet tacos.

One tip for making tofu tacos is to get your pan heated up before you put the tofu in so its very warm and can cook off the marinade quickly and get a nice sear on the tofu. I like to put my pan on Medium heat for about five minutes before putting the tofu in the pan.

Let's get into it!


Lemongrass Tofu

  • 14 oz extra firm tofu, drained
  • 1/2 tbl liquid aminos
  • 1tbl sesame oil
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbl fresh ginger, minced (1 tsp ground)
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass, diced
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbl water
  • 2 tbl tahini
  • 1/2 tbl apple cider vinegar
  • Spices: pinch of salt, pepper, coriander, and chili powder

Sesame Aioli

  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo
  • 2 tbl sesame oil
  • handful of cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Ginger Lime Asian Slaw

  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup snap peas, chopped
  • 1/4 cup bean sprouts
  • medium tomatillo, diced
  • 1/2 cup jicama, diced (optional, can replace with cabbage)

Other

  • corn tortillas
  • lime wedges + cilantro (optional)
  • 1-2 avocados, sliced (optional)

Equipment You'll Need:

Mixing Bowls . Sharp Chopping Knife . Measuring Cups + Spoons . Cutting Board . Large Frying Pan . Whisk 


Before You Cook:

  • Wash + chop fresh ingredients
  • Drain tofu
 1. To start, chop your tofu into thin long strips. I do this by cutting the tofu in 1/2 across the width and then down the middle. Then I slice it across to create about 16 strips. 

1. To start, chop your tofu into thin long strips. I do this by cutting the tofu in 1/2 across the width and then down the middle. Then I slice it across to create about 16 strips. 

 2.  Next, mix the rest of the tofu ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the marinade onto the tofu and let it sit in it while you prep the other ingredients. Get a large frying pan warm on medium heat while the tofu marinates.

2.  Next, mix the rest of the tofu ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the marinade onto the tofu and let it sit in it while you prep the other ingredients. Get a large frying pan warm on medium heat while the tofu marinates.

 3. While the tofu marinates, mix together all the ingredients for the slaw. Set aside.

3. While the tofu marinates, mix together all the ingredients for the slaw. Set aside.

 4. Next quickly whisk together the aioli ingredients. Set aside.

4. Next quickly whisk together the aioli ingredients. Set aside.

 5. Next, add the tofu to your warm pan. It should sizzle and cook quickly. Cook until the marinade starts to cook off and tofu begins to crisp. Should take 5-6 minutes. While waiting, warm up your corn tortillas.

5. Next, add the tofu to your warm pan. It should sizzle and cook quickly. Cook until the marinade starts to cook off and tofu begins to crisp. Should take 5-6 minutes. While waiting, warm up your corn tortillas.

 6. To form your tacos. Layer on some tofu strips, slaw, avocado slices, and the aioli. Top with a few pieces of fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice to take it to the next level.

6. To form your tacos. Layer on some tofu strips, slaw, avocado slices, and the aioli. Top with a few pieces of fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice to take it to the next level.

 9. Serve it up! Enjoy!

9. Serve it up! Enjoy!

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