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Sous Vide Harissa Marinated Tofu and Kale Bowl Recipe

It is safe to say that tofu isn't a favorite food of mine, but my father-in-law loves it and I wanted to try something special for him so I came up with this spicy tofu and kale bowl. Thanks to the Anova website I found a few variations on sous vide tofu recipes and adapted them to come up with this version.

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Harissa is a spicy Moroccan red pepper sauce that is an easy way to spice up a dish, but if you can't find it you can substitute with any chile-sauce like sriracha or Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce.

When you seal the tofu in the sous vide bag, don't seal it on hard power or the tofu can be crushed. Either use the water displacement method or manually shut off your sealer once most of the air is out.

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Harissa Marinated Tofu and Kale Bowl Recipe

  • Published: July 26, 2018
  • By Jason Logsdon
  • Total Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Cooks: 180°F (82.2°C) for 2 to 3 hours
  • Serves: 4

Ingredients for Harissa Marinated Tofu and Kale Bowl

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  • For the Sous Vide Tofu

  • 1 package firm or extra-firm tofu, about 14 ounces (400g)
  • 3 tablespoons harissa or other chile-garlic sauce (45ml)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (15ml)
  • For the Kale

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (15ml)
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped kale (710ml)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger (30ml)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (30ml)
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar (15ml)
  • To Assemble

  • 1 cup cooked farro (237ml)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked lentils (355ml)
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers (118ml)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (60ml)

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Cooking Instructions for Harissa Marinated Tofu and Kale Bowl

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For the Sous Vide Tofu

Preheat a water bath to 180°F (82.2°C).

Drain the tofu and cut into slabs 3/4" to 1" thick (19mm to 25mm). Place the slabs on paper towels, top with more paper towels and a sheet pan lightly weighted down. Let sit for 20 to 30 minutes.

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Mix the harissa and soy sauce together. Remove the sheet pan from the tofu and brush the tofu with the harissa mixture. Place the tofu in a sous vide bag then lightly seal it. Place the bag in the water bath and cook for 2 to 3 hours.

For more information on the cooking times you can read my detailed article which addresses why is there a range in sous vide cooking times.

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For the Kale

Heat the sesame oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the kale, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and vinegar then cover and let cook until the kale is tender, about 10 to 20 minutes.

To Assemble

Remove the cooked tofu from the sous vide bag and dry thoroughly using paper towels or a dish cloth. Sear the tofu with a torch or under a broiler until it starts to brown. Remove from the heat and cut into bite-sized chunks.

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Place the farro and lentils in a bowl and top with the kale and its juices. Add the tofu and the roasted red peppers. Sprinkle with the basil then serve.

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Nutritional Information for Harissa Marinated Tofu and Kale Bowl

  • Calories: 321
  • Fat: 11g
  • Protein: 20g
  • Carbohydrate: 41g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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PT2.5H 4 Ingredients: 1 package firm or extra-firm tofu about 14 ounces (400g) 3 tablespoons harissa or other chile-garlic sauce (45ml) 1 tablespoon soy sauce (15ml) 1 tablespoon sesame oil (15ml) 3 cups coarsely chopped kale (710ml) 3 cloves garlic minced 2 tablespoons minced ginger (30ml) 2 tablespoons soy sauce (30ml) 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar (15ml) 1 cup cooked farro (237ml) 1 1/2 cups cooked lentils (355ml) 1/2 cup roasted red peppers (118ml) 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (60ml)
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Tofu isn't a favorite food of mine, but my father-in-law loves it, so I came up with a sous vided tofu and kale bowl for him. This dish uses Harissa, a spicy Moroccan red pepper sauce for some zip.
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Jason logsdon headshot This article is by me, Jason Logsdon. I'm a passionate home cook who loves to try new things, especially when it comes to cooking. I've explored everything from sous vide and whipping siphons to pressure cookers and blow torches; created foams, gels and spheres; made barrel aged cocktails and brewed beer. I have also written 10 cookbooks on modernist cooking and sous vide and I run the AmazingFoodMadeEasy.com website.