Sesame tofu with edamame

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This is a delicious and healthy vegetarian meal, as long as you don't mind a lot of soy! I got edamame (soybean pods) in my CSA, and this seemed like a tasty way to serve them.

To make a serving for one, I used 1/3 of a cake of refrigerated extra-firm tofu. The leftover I put in an airtight container, covered with water for future meals. Perhaps tofu, broccoli and scallion stir-fry?

Start by making some homemade teriyaki sauce. Here's the tofu along with some minced ginger and garlic.

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Heat soy sauce, sake, ginger, garlic and a little sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes.

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I prefer to vacuum marinate my tofu for 4 hours or so in the refrigerator. This is only practical if you have a chamber vacuum sealer, since the FoodSaver type sealers will just suck the marinade of the bag, which pretty much defeats the purpose and makes a huge mess. You can also marinate overnight, which doesn't require any equipment, but probably requires more marinade.

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Remove the tofu from the vacuum bag, pick off any ginger or garlic and let dry for a few minutes.

Mix together all-purpose flour and sesame seeds and dredge the tofu.

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Bring a pot of water to boil for the edamame. Add salt. Cook for 3 minutes for small, fresh edamame. Drain in a colander then serve. Sprinkle with more salt.

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Add oil to a sauté pan over medium heat. I used canola. I rarely use a non-stick pan, but tofu is one of the things I use it for. It is possible to cook it in a well-seasoned pan without sticking, if you're careful. Cook until browned, flip over, and brown the other side.

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Serve with white sushi rice. Delicious!

This dish should be vegetarian. Vegan, too. It should be tree-nut free (as long as you don't use nut oil to cook in, of course).

I used all-purpose flour, so there's wheat gluten, but you should be able to use a gluten-free flour substitute and gluten-free soy sauce and it should work to make this dish gluten-free.

It is not productive to make this dish soy-free...