I jokingly call this Sweet & Savory Coconut Curry, “White people curry” because it lacks inspiration from one specific culture, although it does not lack in flavor. This curry, which I make with tofu, but you could with any protein you prefer, packs a punch. It’s rich, slightly sweet, a little salty and has the perfect balance of freshness as well.
This is loosely inspired by this NYT recipe, but we ended up changing just about everything.
- 1 block of extra firm tofu, pat dry and cut into thin planks (I use a local brand that comes in a 16 oz container)
- salt and pepper
- 2-3 tablespoons neutral cooking oil such as avocado, grapeseed, or canola
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 inch of chopped fresh ginger
- 6 cloves sliced garlic
- 1 bird's eye chili, sliced (can sub red pepper flakes)
- 1 can coconut milk (unsweetened, full fat)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or gluten free alternative)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 heads of sliced broccoli
- 1 cup chopped green beans
- 1 bunch of mint, leaves torn off the stem
- 1 bunch of scallions, sliced thinly (you can use white and green parts)
- 1 small bunch cilantro (optional)
- 1-2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- Toasted sesame seeds (for garnish)
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the oil to the pan and let heat up before adding tofu slices that you've seasoned with salt and pepper. Don't crowd the pan; fry them in two batches.
- Cook each batch of tofu 3-5 minutes on each side, until deeply golden. When each batch is golden-brown, transfer to a plate and set aside.
- Once all the tofu is browned and set aside on the plate, heat a little extra oil in the pot (if needed) before adding the sliced onion.
- Briefly stir fry the onion on high heat before adding in the ginger, garlic, and bird's eye chili. Cook this all together 1-2 minutes to allow the garlic to soften, but don't burn it.
- Add in the coconut milk, soy sauce, and brown sugar and bring to a simmer.
- Let the sauce simmer 3-4 minutes to thicken a bit before adding in the garlic and the green beans. Then simmer 5-10 more minutes, until the vegetables reach your desired tenderness - I like them to be pretty soft but I don't cook them so long that the green color loses its vibrancy. Taste for salt and add if needed.
- When the sauce has thickened to a richer consistency and the veggies are about done, add the tofu back in. Toss to coat in the sauce.
- Add in the sliced scallions, mint, and cilantro, and toss to let them all warm through slightly. Stir in the rice wine vinegar.
- Serve over jasmine rice and top with sesame seeds.
Jeremy is a student at Cornell University double majoring in Spanish and Italian with significant coursework in classes such as nutrition, food science and culinary science. He has years of experience as a home cook, working at a local bakery, and teaching cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma. After starting a TikTok account in March 2020 while quarantined in his childhood home, Jeremy’s presence grew to over 1.5 million followers in the first 6 months. During that time, he was featured in People Magazine, Fox News, BBC Radio, BuzzFeed, Tasty, Spoon University, and USA Today, among other media outlets.