Hamburger di tofu in tempura con pesto al coriandolo

Hamburger di tofu in tempura con pesto al coriandolo

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Bring more nutritious Japanese tofu into your life with this exciting recipe for tempura tofu steak burgers. An ideal burger recipe for vegetarians and vegans, these tofu burgers are made by pan-frying marinated pieces of rehydrated tofu and serving with, among other tasty fillings, a coriander pesto sauce. The perfect healthy dinner meal.

Recipe courtesy of Great British Chefs


marinated tofu tempura:
8 pieces of dried tofu
dried chipotle chillies, 1–2 to taste
1 dried shiitake mushroom
1 tsp black peppercorns
3 garlic cloves
100g of soy sauce, naturally brewed
3 tbsp of cornflour
3 tbsp of plain flour
8 tbsp of water, approximately
1 pinch of salt, large
freshly ground black pepper, plenty
olive oil, 1–2 tbsp

coriander pesto:
4 garlic cloves
1/2 lemon, juiced
100g of fresh coriander, asian, including stems and cleaned roots
1/2 tsp flaky sea salt, or to taste
8 tbsp of olive oil

to assemble:
4 sourdough rolls, crusty, halved
4 tbsp of mustard, (i used dijon and wholegrain mixed together)
4 handfuls of lettuce
1 avocado, ripe, peeled and sliced
1 red onion, finely sliced into rings
mustard cress
mixed salad leaves, to serve


  1. For the pesto, crush the garlic and add to a small bowl with the lemon juice and set aside for 20 minutes – this softens the bite of the raw garlic.
  2. Rehydrate the tofu by soaking the whole pieces in warm water until soft, for approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Squeeze each piece well to remove any excess water, then return to fresh water for a few seconds and squeeze again until the water runs clear.
  4. To make the marinade, blend the dried chilli, mushroom and black peppercorns to a powder in a spice grinder and add to a medium bowl.
  5. Crush the garlic and add to the other seasonings. Pour over the soy sauce and add the same quantity of water (100g). Stir the marinade to combine and leave for 10 minutes to rehydrate the dried seasonings.
  6. Pour half the marinade into a flat-bottomed plate and arrange the rehydrated tofu pieces in an even layer – you may need 2 plates depending on the size. Distribute the rest of the marinade over the tofu pieces and leave to soak for about 30 minutes.
  7. To finish the pesto, add the softened garlic to a food processor with the salt and coriander (cleaned roots included if using Asian coriander) and blend to break down the herbs. With the food processor running, drizzle in enough oil to make a spoonable, glossy pesto and set aside until ready to serve.
  8. To make the tempura batter, combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until fully blended and lump-free – the batter should be the consistency of double cream.
  9. Heat a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan (I used a cast-iron skillet) over medium heat. Squeeze most of the marinade out of each tofu steak.
  10. When the pan has come to temperature, add about a tablespoon of oil and swirl to coat. Working quickly, dip each steak into the batter, dripping off any excess, and add to the frying pan. You may need to work in batches if your pan isn’t big enough.
  11. Cook the tofu steaks until well browned on each side, flipping the tofu halfway – you may need to add another tablespoon of oil at this point. Drain briefly on some kitchen roll. Either serve immediately or keep warm in a low oven.
  12. To assemble, layer the ingredients into the sourdough buns and serve.