Daring Cooks Challenge: Tofu Satay

I have joined a most inspirational online group: The Daring Cooks.  Every month, The Daring Cooks (DC) issue a new challenge, and this is my first one – what a way to start the new year!  The January 2010 DC challenge was hosted by Cuppy of Cuppylicious and she chose a delicious Thai-inspired recipe for Pork Satay from the book 1000 Recipes by Martha Day.

Now this is a Thai-inspired recipe that’s been adapted for Western palates.  And I have made a few personal changes, including substituting almond-hazelnut butter for peanut butter (my dear sister has a peanut allergy, and I keep it out of the house), reducing the fat content, and going vegetarian.  I used a grill pan to cook the tofu, but I think this would be fabulous on the barbecue, pan-fried, or broiled in the oven.  Next time, I’m trying this out with eggplant, mushrooms, and broccoli.

Daring Tofu Satay with Almond-Hazelnut Dipping Sauce


  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 thumb-sized nub of ginger, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. tamari
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 tsp. chili garlic sauce

Almond-Hazelnut (Peanut-replacement) Dipping Sauce

  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 4 Tbsp. almond-hazelnut butter
  • 1 Tbsp. tamari
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 dried red chilies, chopped (including seeds for extra spice)
  • 1 package firm tofu, cut into 1-inch strips

Marinade: Combine marinade ingredients (except tofu) in a food processor.  Cover tofu with marinade, and let sit 20 minutes to 4 hours.

Dipping Sauce: Combine dry sauce ingredients in a small bowl, add tamari and lemon juice, and mix well.  Over low heat, add this mixture to almond-hazelnut butter, and slowly warm.

Tofu: Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat, spray with cooking spray, add the tofu, and cook for 6-7 minutes per side.

Serve with brown rice, Thai Red Curry Roasted Veggies, and dipping sauce, and enjoy!

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Categories: Gluten-Free, Main Course, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian


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6 Comments on “Daring Cooks Challenge: Tofu Satay”

  1. January 14, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    I think with the almond-hazelnut butter this would be great especially with the veggies instead of just tofu!

  2. Heather
    January 14, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    Yay peanut free, I love the shout out 😉

    This looks delicious!!

  3. January 15, 2010 at 4:42 am #

    WOWOWOWOW your tofu looks and sounds so delicious and I love the final dishes they look so yummy. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  4. January 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    Yum!!!!!!!!!!! Almond hazelnut beats peanut any day of the week


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