Have you tried Sacha Inchi seeds before? They’re gaining popularity because of their high levels of omega fatty acids and their earthy flavor. These fatty seeds have a crunchy texture and taste a bit like peanuts. They make an excellent substitute for other nuts and work in your kitchen in a variety of ways. In this crusted tofu recipe, the Sacha Inchi seeds deliver an extra crunch and a healthy boost.
With this recipe, the earthiness of the Sacha Inchi seeds is contrasted by the tart and acidic lemon-mustard vinaigrette. Not only is this dish easy in execution, it is light and filling. Served with a steamed side of kale, and a little extra lemon-mustard vinaigrette, you’ve got yourself a solid meal!
Sacha Inchi Crusted Lemon Mustard Tofu
- Press the extra firm tofu for 20-30 minutes, or until most of the moisture is drained. Cut the 1/2 block in half through the thickest part, then cut into 8 small triangles.
- Stir the water, oil, lemon juice, mustard, salt and black pepper together until evenly mixed. Pour most of the contents of the “vinaigrette” into a medium-sized pan over medium heat.
- Once the liquid starts to simmer, take the sacha inchi pieces and place them in a thin layer on a plate. Press each piece of tofu into the pieces firmly on the two broad sides.
- Set the crusted tofu pieces in the pan, and cook on each side for 5-7 minutes at just below medium heat. Try evenly distributing the sauce throughout the tofu cutlets. Keep in mind that some of the seed pieces with come off in the pan.
- Once they are done cooking and the sauce has soaked completely into the tofu, plate 4 pieces of tofu on 2 plates, drizzle the leftover chopped seeds from the pan and pre-cooking over the top with a little leftover “vinaigrette” and serve.