Today we are making tofu kabayaki steaks! This is a little bit similar to what I did previously with my tofu kabayaki donburi. In that recipe, you’ll see how I made kabayaki unagi, or fake unagi with tofu and yamaimo.
We’re going to be doing a little bit of a different take on that with this recipe.
It’s going to be using firm tofu, and we’re going to be making steaks.
It’s little squares that we’re going to saute in a little bit of potato starch and olive oil.
What is kabayaki?
If you’ve never heard of kabayaki before it’s a sweet and salty sauce. The traditional kabayaki is usually used with unagi (eel) but we’re trying to eat a little bit more tofu these days so that’s why we’re using tofu steaks.
It has plenty of flavor and all you need really is just a little bit of rice.
Kabayaki is a popular way to season and cook eel. The real thing is extremely delicious and full of fat, flavor and umami. Tofu may not have all the fat and flavor of eel, but is an excellent vehicle for the tasty kabayaki sauce.
That will be our little meal for today. Pretty straightforward and easy. Comes together very quickly. Just the way we like it.
Tips for making delicious tofu steaks
First thing that we’re going to be doing is getting all the excess water out of the tofu.
It’s called misowokiru. That means to remove the water from the tofu.
There are several ways that you can cut out the water from the tofu.
We’re going to be using the microwave today because it’s one of the quickest.
Some of the other techniques take longer, like putting weight on it, obviously.
You can use cornstarch if you can’t find potato starch. They’re interchangeable.
You can also use soft tofu, but you have to be a little bit more careful when you’re flipping them because it tends to break. That’s why I used firm tofu today.
Have you guys made tofu steaks before? If so, how did you season them? Let me know in the comments below.
And let me know also if you will be making this tofu steak recipe. I’d love to hear from you!
On a side note, I wonder if these would taste good in a hamburger! Tofu kabayaki steak hamburgers? That could be something worth trying!
Or sliders. These would probably be better as sliders because they’re so small, right? Tofu kabayaki sliders? Maybe we’ll give that a try next time!