tofu mushroom lettuce cups with sushi rice

We love the idea of eating with our hands so we’re pretty psyched about these taco-like lettuce cups.
By: Anna Decker / 09/30/2015 /

But since they’re filled with tender sweet rice and a savory tofu and mushroom mixture (psst, it tastes like pork!) you could easily assemble these as a bowl to be eaten with a fork or chopsticks: it’s your call. Either way, cook, relax, and enjoy!

What you need:

1 14-ounce extra-firm tofu 1 cup sushi rice (7.8 oz) 2 tablespoons cornstarch (0.58 oz) 2 tablesp1oons rice wine vinegar (1.2 oz) 2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari (1.2 oz) 1 tablespoon light brown sugar (0.54 oz) 2 teaspoons sambal oelek (o.4 oz) 8 ounces button mushrooms 1 head bibb lettuce (5.8 oz) few sprigs fresh cilantro neutral flavored oil such as vegetable or safflower


large skillet small saucepan

Recipe steps:

  1. Drain tofu

Cut tofu into planks. Lay tofu on a double layer of paper towels. Cover with 2 more layers of paper towels and cover with a heavy baking dish or skillet. Set aside 15 minutes. Trim and chop mushrooms.

  1. Cook rice

Combine rice and 1 ½ cups water, and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook until rice is tender and water is absorbed, 15 minutes. Set aside, covered, for 5 minutes. Then fluff with a fork.

  1. Crumble tofu

Using your hands, crumble tofu into small pieces into a large bowl. Add cornstarch and toss to coat. Whisk vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, and sambal together in a small bowl.

  1. Cook tofu

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu, season with salt and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden and crispy, about 5 minutes. Transfer tofu to a plate.

  1. Cook mushrooms

Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet along with mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until tender and browned, about 4 minutes. Return tofu to skillet and add vinegar mixture. Cook, tossing, until liquid is mostly absorbed, about 2 minutes.

  1. Serve

Separate bibb lettuce into individual leaves and rinse if necessary. Pick cilantro leaves from stems. Fill lettuce with rice and top with tofu mixture and cilantro. Enjoy!