Recipe Difficulty: Easy
Recipe Keywords: Tofu, Cajun, Vegan, Tacos
Cajun Tofu Recipe Notes
This Cajun Tofu recipe is really simple, tasty and versatile. There are a couple of steps, but it's all relatively passive so it feels like a lazy tofu recipe to me. No hovering over a pan to cook them, as they are baked in the oven. I love Cajun Tofu in tacos, power bowls, or on a chopped salad.
Not all tofu is created equal flavour wise. I would suggest trying different brands. I've never had any that I thought were bad, but some do just taste better to me. Where I currently live I can even get locally made tofu that is super fresh and delicious.
I don't always press my tofu before cooking with it, especially if I'm trying to be quick, but I do for this recipe, even if for a short amount of time. Just wrap the tofu block in paper towel, then in a kitchen towel. I pop it in the fridge with something weighted on top of it for an hour or overnight.
For leftovers, I do want to try reheating them in a pan or oven, but thus far I've just zapped them in the microwave for convenience.
Ideas for serving Cajun Tofu
Cajun Tofu Tacos
I am still messing around with toppings to figure out my *perfect* taco, but this variation was really tasty. I added more heat to my tacos before eating. Either a sprinkle of chili flakes or chopped pickled jalapeno peppers.
Corn Tortilla, warmed in a pan
For the dressing I mixed together:
1/2 cup mayo
juice from 1/2 lime
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp oregano
a small handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
Then I tossed the dressing with one small bag of "slaw mix". It was approximately 2 cups worth of cabbage.
3 large mangos, small dice
1/2 cup minced red onion
2 - 3 jalapeno peppers, minced (to taste)
handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
3/4 tsp sea salt (to taste)
lime juice to taste (juice from 1 - 2 limes)
sliced, squeeze of lime sprinkle of sea salt. I wouldn't leave it out. Adds delicious richness.
Crushed Corn Chips
I had a bag of open tortilla chips, I add bite sized corn chips over top of the tacos. The crunch is an awesome addition.
Garnish with fresh cilantro, and pickled jalapeno peppers (or chili) if you want added heat.
Power Bowl with Cajun Tofu (pictured below)
What is Cajun Spice?
Cajun spice blends are used in the Cajun and Creole cuisines of Louisiana. These cuisines are influenced by a combination of French, African, and Native American culinary traditions. The spicy, flavorful blends of herbs and spices that are characteristic of Cajun and Creole cooking were developed as a way to add flavor to the abundant seafood and game that was available in the region. Cajun spice blends became popular beyond the Louisiana region and are now widely used in many different types of dishes around the world. I love using it to flavour my tofu, and I imagine I will come up with many other ways of using it in the future. How about sprinkling some on your potatoes before roasting?
Cajun spice blends are typically made with a combination of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and other herbs and spices. The exact blend of spices can vary, and some variations may include herbs like thyme, oregano, and basil, as well as other spices like black pepper, white pepper, and mustard powder. You will find Cajun spice being used in traditional recipes like gumbo, jambalaya, and blackened chicken or fish. Cajun spice blends can definitely be purchased pre-made (I haven't tried any store bought ones but I would imagine they would be decent) or you can make your own blend by mixing together the desired spices in the desired proportions.
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