Caramelized Tofu with Shredded Brussel Sprouts

John and I have been eating a lot of tofu lately, and when I saw this recipe I knew immediately that we would like it. It also seemed like something really different from what we normally eat.

I loved the idea of a shredded brussel sprouts as a "bed" for the tofu, instead of rice or noodles. This meal has a lot of flavor, especially considering how many health benefits it has, too.

The pecans and tofu caramelized perfectly. I wish we hadn't left the tofu in for quite so long, but still, it was delicious. You can use the same pan for both stages, and since it has so few ingredients, it only took about 15 minutes TOTAL to make this. It's a great weeknight meal, and I'll definitely make it again.

Caramelized Tofu with Shredded Brussels Sprouts
from 101 Cookbooks

7 - 8 ounces extra-firm tofu cut into thin 1-inch segments (see photo)
a couple pinches of fine-grain sea salt
a couple splashes of olive or peanut oil
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
3 tablespoons fine-grain natural cane sugar or brown sugar
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 lb. brussels sprouts, washed and cut into 1/8-inch wide ribbons

Cook the tofu strips in large hot skillet (or pot) with a bit of salt and a splash of oil. Saute until slightly golden, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and pecans, and cook for another minute. Stir in sugar. Cook for another couple of minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Scrape the tofu out onto a plate and set aside while you cook the brussels sprouts.

In the same pan (no need to wash), add a touch more oil, another pinch of salt, and dial the heat up to medium-high. When the pan is nice and hot stir in the shredded brussels sprouts. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring a couple times (but not too often) until you get some golden bits, and the rest of the sprouts are bright and delicious.


  1. Um, drool. This is totally getting made, particularly since I have tofu in my fridge that needs to be used.

  2. Dude sweet, I can't believe I wasn't already following your blog. I'm totally going to make your food. And weep because I miss you.

  3. You and I had opposite reactions to this recipe. The sprouts de Brussels just do not agree with my worldview.

  4. Ha! Thanks, Julia! We make a lot of food...our blog "about Canada" is mostly about the food we make...in Canada.

  5. And Sara, most of the time I agree with you. John and I agreed to be "try-ers" with this recipe, which is what we say whenever we want to be open minded about something we normally wouldn't like. I'll just say that shredded and briefly sauteed, Brussels sprouts are way different.