Mashed Tofu Salad (Shira-ae)

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

1 14-ounce package firm tofu

Kosher salt

8 cups spinach leaves

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon mirin (sweet rice wine)

1 teaspoon soy sauce

Directions

  1. Drain the tofu and wrap in paper towels to absorb excess water. Puree in a food processor until smooth, then transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Fill a bowl with ice water. Cook the spinach in the boiling water until wilted, about 2 minutes, then drain and plunge it into the ice water. Drain and squeeze out the excess water.
  3. Toast the sesame seeds in a skillet over medium-low heat, tossing, until golden, about 3 minutes. Cool, then grind in a spice grinder. Stir the ground seeds, sugar, mirin, soy sauce and spinach into the tofu. Season with salt.

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