I had this dish, well something similar, at a brewery in St. John’s, Newfoundland last winter. It’s fresh flavours stuck with me so much, I just had to recreate something similar at home. The combination of crispy tofu (love that crunch!) with your favourite fresh herbs (I love mint, basil and parsley to keep it extra fresh) and the sweet but tangy pomegranate molasses is just delightful. I love to eat this on top of a salad (aka just add lettuce) or just on its own!
350g extra-firm tofu
3 tbs flour
3 tbs corn starch
2 tbs smoked paprika
1 tbs white pepper
1 tbs garlic powder
1 1/2 tbs smoked salt (regular salt works too, this just gives it more smoky flavour)
3-5 tbs pomegranate molasses (depends on how much you love it)
1 cup chopped herbs (my favourites to use are mint, basil and parlsey)
1 pomegranate, seeded
In a large saucepan/frying pan, heat enough oil to coat the surface (amount of oil will change depending on your size of pan). While that is heating, pat dry your tofu and cut it into approximately 1/2-3/4 inch cubes. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, corn starch, paprika, pepper, garlic powder and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined. Toss in your tofu and ensure all pieces are thoroughly coated on each side.
Once your oil is hot (test it by dropping 1-2 drops of water on it, it should spit), add your tofu. Make sure you shake off any excess flour coating and that none of the pieces touch. If your crowd your tofu it will just steam and not crisp. You might have to do this in batches. Cook the tofu for 1-2 mins a side or until it is crispy on each side. Remove once done and set aside on a plate with paper towel (for excess oil).
Meanwhile, chop up your herbs. A chiffonade or fine chop is fine, it really is personal preference. Plate with the herbs, then layered with the tofu, pomegranate seeds and a drizzle of pomegranate molasses. The measurements for each ingredient will depend on your personal taste – measure with your heart.
Serve immediately while the tofu is warm and enjoy!
Serves 2-4 (depending main or side)