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Milk Street Recipe

Cauliflower Rice with Sesame Tofu and Scallions

40 minutes

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Cauliflower Rice with Sesame Tofu and Scallions

Cauliflower rice usually is just a side dish, but here we top a platterful of soy-seasoned “rice” with golden-brown fried tofu to make a satisfying main. Before pan-frying, the tofu slices (use firm or extra-firm) are coated with a mixture of cornstarch and crushed sesame seeds that crisps and browns beautifully while also providing rich, nutty flavor and aroma. Be sure to use raw sesame, as pre-roasted seeds will end up burnt and bitter. The best way to crush them is with a mortar with a pestle or by pulsing them in an electric spice grinder.

4-6

Servings

Tip

Don’t forget to pat the tofu slices dry with paper towels before coating with the sesame-cornstarch mixture. Press firmly to remove as much moisture as possible so the mixture forms a light, even coating and so the crust remains crisp after frying. Before processing the cauliflower, be sure the pieces are completely dry and don’t over-pulse in the machine. The bits should be no smaller than grains of actual rice or the cauliflower rice will end up too soft.

40 minutes

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