You'll Never Believe What These Fries Are Made Of

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Can we talk for a second about how amazing deep-fried tofu is? Even shallow, pan-fried tofu is beyond delicious. If you love texture contrasts, these sesame tofu fries are for you. The crusty, crunchy outsides give way to a soft, yielding creamy soft center. Toss these crispy guys up with sesame honey garlic sauce and a drizzle of Sriracha and you’re got yourself an indulgent snack. So good.
P.S. If you like this recipe, I’ve got another tofu fries recipe in my book, Easy Gourmet. I hope you check it out!

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Sesame Tofu Fries
Serves 2

1 block tofu (I used medium silken tofu)
Oil, to fry
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp minced ginger
2 tbsp brown sugar or honey
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp water
Toasted sesame seeds, to garnish
Sliced green onions, to garnish
Sriracha, to taste if desired
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1. Cut tofu into fry shapes. I usually cut the block in half, and then each half into 4, which will give you 8 slabs of tofu. Then, I cut each slab equally into 4 pieces so that you end up with 32 sticks of tofu. Let the sticks drain on paper towels for 10-15 minutes, switching out the paper towels once or twice.

2. While the tofu is draining, make the sauce. Heat up the garlic, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, and water in a small sauce pan. Bring up to a gentle simmer and reduce slightly. Taste and adjust flavors if needed. Keep warm on very low heat.

3. Heat up a generous amount of oil in a non-stick pan or a heavy-bottomed cast-iron pan. In batches, fry the sticks over medium to medium-high heat, flipping so all sides fry up, until golden brown and crunchy, about 10-15 minutes. Let drain on a wire rack or paper towels. 

4. Throw the fries into a bowl and drizzle on the sauce and Sriracha (if using) to taste. Enjoy hot!

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