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Meatless Monday with Vegan Hawaiian-Style Fried Tofu with Coconut Rice

Welcome to the Miratel blog and to our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment

Given that’s it’s summer – and it’s been a warm one – we thought we would transport you to the beautiful shores of Hawaii with today’s recipe for Hawaiian-Style Fried Tofu with Coconut Rice. According to the chef who created this great recipe, “Looking for a unique and refreshing way to eat tofu? Sounds like this Hawaiian-style dish is just the thing you need! In it, tofu is marinated in a lemony garlic sauce, then lightly battered, and fried. Paired with a creamy coconut rice and fresh pineapple spears, this entrée will transport you right to the tropics!” Thank you to Cara Carin of Cara’s Kitchen for this great recipe along the great folks at One Green Planet for sharing it.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2-4)


  • 1 cup brown rice, uncookedVegan Hawaiian-Style Fried Tofu with Coconut Rice
  • 1 cup canned light coconut milk
  • 3/4 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


  • 1 14-ounce package extra firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter (optional)
  • Pink salt and pepper, to taste


  • Lettuce
  • Pineapple


  1. To make the rice, add the coconut milk and coconut water to a medium size pot. Bring to a low boil and then add the rice, salt, and coconut oil. Bring back to a bowl, then cover and reduce to a lower simmer. Depending on your rice and the package instructions, simmer about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  2. To make the tofu, first, prep your tofu for frying. Fill up a medium bowl with 4-5 cups are warm water and dissolve a teaspoon or two of pink salt in the water and put the tofu in for 7-10 minutes.
  3. While the tofu soaks, create the marinade by preparing your ingredients as stated above and putting the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, flour, cayenne, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  4. Remove the tofu from the salt bath and using paper towels, squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Then slice the tofu in to small rectangles (or however you want) and using paper towels pat dry some more. You want to remove as much liquid as possible.
  5. Add the sliced tofu into the bowl and gently mix well with a spoon to evenly coat the tofu. You could also add this to a plastic ziplock instead. Let the tofu marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Then gently spa a cast iron skillet with coconut oil. Using a slotted spoon, remove the tofu from the marinade and lay out the tofu in an even layer. Heat to medium, and brown on the first side for about 7 minutes. Carefully lift the edges of one piece to check and see if it is getting crispy. Once golden brown, flip over and fry up on the remaining side.
  7. Gently transfer to a bowl. Then in the same skillet, melt butter and caramelize the garlic that is left in the pan from the tofu until golden brown. Pour on top of the tofu right before serving. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and a pinch of fresh chopped parsley.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Meatless Monday website and join us in taking the pledge today. Spread the word at home and at work and promote CSR business initiatives to make your green call centre, office, factory, shop, restaurant or salon even greener.


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