Almond Tofu with Snap Peas and Soba Noodles



  1. 14 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained and sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  2. Salt
  3. 6 tablespoons almond butter
  4. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  5. 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  6. 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  7. 3 scallions, green and white parts, thinly sliced
  8. 5 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the baking sheet
  9. 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  10. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  11. 3 cups snap peas, trimmed and halved diagonally
  12. 8 ounces soba noodles
  13. 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  14. Leaves from 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  15. Chili oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Lay the tofu slices on a well-oiled baking sheet and season with salt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond butter, soy sauce, maple syrup, and sesame oil.
  4. Rub 1/2 teaspoon of the almond butter mixture into the top of each tofu slice.
  5. Try not to get the sauce on the pan.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Flip the tofu and season lightly with salt.
  8. Rub the second side of each tofu slice with 1/2 teaspoon of the almond butter mixture, reserving the extra.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes more.
  10. Let cool.
  11. Slice the tofu lengthwise into strips.
  12. Heat a saute pan over high heat and add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.
  13. Add the scallions, cook for 1 minute, and add the tofu and ginger.
  14. Cook the tofu for 1 minute, undisturbed.
  15. Add the garlic and 1/4 cup water and saute over medium-high heat for 2 minutes.
  16. Turn off the heat and stir in the reserved almond butter mixture.
  17. Leave the pan on the stove, covered.
  18. Put the peas in a colander in the sink.
  19. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  20. Add the noodles and return to a boil, then simmer, uncovered, for 6 minutes, until the noodles are just cooked through.
  21. Pour the noodles on top of the peas in the colander and drain out the water.
  22. Immediately pour the noodles and peas back into the pot.
  23. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil and toss to prevent the noodles from sticking.
  24. Stir in the tofu, rice vinegar, cilantro, and salt to taste.
  25. Serve immediately with the chili oil alongside.