Lemongrass Tofu Lettuce Wraps Recipe

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Lemongrass chicken is a beloved dish both in its home region of South East Asia and throughout the world. Loved for its interplay of sweetness, spiciness and creaminess, this dish should not be off limits to those who are not carnivorous.

Substituting tofu for chicken in this recipe does not detract from the flavor, but rather adds its own firm consistency to the dish, complimenting the crunch of beansprouts and lettuce, and absorbing the rich flavor of the sauce.

 

Lemongrass Tofu Lettuce Wrap
Yield: 4 Servings

Lemongrass Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

The firm consistency of tofu complements the crunch of beansprouts and lettuce, and absorbs the rich flavor of the lemongrass sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 stalks lemongrass, white part minced, and stalks reserved for simmering
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp curry powder, plus one pinch
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 block extra-firm tofu
  • 4 cups fresh beansprouts
  • 1 leaves head butter lettuce, separated

Instructions

  1. Blend the soy sauce, garlic, onion, coconut milk, sugar, sesame oil, 2 tsp. curry powder, rice vinegar and ginger until smooth. Mix in the cilantro leaves.
  2. Cut the tofu in to small cubes. Place them in a non-stick frying pan, sprinkle on a pinch of curry powder and pinch of salt, and dry fry the tofu for 5 to 8 minutes on medium-high heat, flipping often, to evenly brown it.
  3. Cover the tofu by the blended lemongrass mixture. Add the remaining stalks and simmer for 15 minutes, or until thick and fragrant. Remove the stalks.
  4. Place the beansprouts in the butter lettuce, and spoon the desired amount of lemongrass tofu mixture over top.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 425Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 23gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 0mgSodium 464mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 2gSugar 14gProtein 15g

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  • Samantha Lowe

    Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She records her culinary and globe-trotting experiences online at www.samanthalowe.com/blog. A love of photography and cooking fuels this writing, with the end result usually enticing friends and acquaintances to 'loosen their belts'.

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