Sous Vide Turmeric Tofu with Sumac and Lime

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One of my favorite new-ish cookbooks is The New Persian Table by Louisa Shafa. In it, she gives traditional Persian recipes a healthier twist, while still incorporating the bold flavors of Iranian cooking. This turmeric-infused tofu is a vegan riff on a super simple chicken dish in that book. Preparing the tofu in the Anova Precision Cooker infuses the flavor of a zingy turmeric, garlic, and black pepper rub into the often bland protein, and it renders the texture tender and supple. A quick stint under the broiler adds color, and a finishing flourish of tangy sumac and lime juice makes the final dish unforgettable. Serve with rice on the side.
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Ingredients for 4

  • 1 (15-ounce) package firm tofu, drained and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick planks

  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly minced

  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 limes, cut into wedges, for serving

  • Sumac, for serving


  • Step 1

    Place the tofu planks on a towel-lined baking sheet. Top with a second towel and a second baking sheet. Place a heavy pot or several canned goods on top to weigh down the tofu. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, set the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker to 180ºF (82.2ºC).

  • Step 3

    In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, pepper, turmeric, and salt.

  • Step 4

    Place tofu in a single layer in a large zipper lock or vacuum seal bag. Rub both sides of the tofu with the garlic-turmeric mixture. Seal the bag using the water immersion technique or a vacuum sealer on the moist setting. Place the bag in the water bath and set the timer for 2 hours.

  • Step 5

    About 5 minutes before the tofu is finished, heat a broiler to high.

    • Finishing Steps

    • Step 0

      When the timer goes off, remove the bag from the water bath. Gently remove the tofu from the bag and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle any remaining oil from the bag over the tofu.

    • Step 1

      Broil until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving plate. Squeeze lime juice over tofu and sprinkle with sumac. Serve.

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