Cajun Tofu Bowl with Cilantro Lime Rice
Cajun Tofu with Cilantro Lime Rice. Baked Cajun Spiced Tofu, over greens, cilantro lime rice, and tomatoes. Easy Spicy Bowl. Vegan Gluten-free Nut-free Recipe. Use Chickpea tofu to make soy-free.
- 12 to 14 oz firm tofu
- 1.5 to 2 tbsp cajun spice blend , see note
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt
Cilantro Lime Rice:
- 1 cup long grain rice or basmati rice
- 1/2 tsp oil
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp or more lime juice
- 1/4 cup packed finely chopped cilantro
- crunchy greens, chopped tomato or cucumber, lime juice
Press the tofu (wrap in paper towel, then kitchen towel and place a couple of heavy books on it for 15 minutes or use a tofu press). Then slice into 1/4 inch thick slices. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix the cajun spices with lime juice, olive oil and salt to make a paste. Rub the cajun paste on the tofu and let it chill for at least 15 mins (to an hour) to pick up the flavor. * See Note.. Alternatively, toss the tofu (in cubes form) in olive oil, then toss in dry cajun spice blend + salt. (Drizzle lime juice later after baking).
Bake the Tofu at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for a few minutes, then slice and serve.
Meanwhile, make the cilantro lime rice: Wash and soak the rice for atleast 15 minutes. (I usually do this along with tofu pressing, so the rice and tofu are ready around the same time).
Drain the rice and add to the saucepan. Add salt, water, and oil if using and mix in. You can also add in a bay leaf.
Reduce heat to medium-low and cook covered for 18 to 20 minutes. Fluff the rice, mix in lime juice and half the cilantro. Taste and adjust carefully. Cover and let sit for 2 minutes. Garnish with more cilantro when serving.
Assemble crunchy greens or lettuce cilantro lime rice, sliced tofu, chopped tomato and a good drizzle of lime or lemon, salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve as a bowl or fill up warm tortillas for great tacos.
* Add a tbsp of flour or cornstarch and a few drops of water to make the cajun paste. This will dilute the spice a bit.
Cajun Spice Blend: Mix 2 tsp paprika (sweet + smoked), 1/4 tsp cayenne, 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/3 tsp salt.
To make this Soy-free: Use chickpea tofu, chickpeas/beans or hearty vegetables as cauliflower, eggplant, sweet potato, zucchini. Toss in cajun spice blend + lime + oil and roast them until tender and use those in the bowl instead of tofu.
Nutrition is 1 of 4 Serves. Does not include greens, tomatoes.
Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 9.5g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1325IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1.8mg