Orange-glazed tofu with barley & vegetable salad [Recipe]


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Reprinted from Blue Apron

This barley and fresh vegetable salad features some unique produce like shishito peppers and burpless cucumber. Shishitos are mild, though about 1-in-10 peppers can be spicy. The tips of the peppers appear to resemble a lion’s head, or “shishi” in Japanese. We like them and the cucumber for their crisp, sweet crunch that’s wonderful with the nutty barley and citrus-glazed tofu.

Makes 2 servings; about 695 calories per serving


  • 3 ounces baby radishes
  • 2 ounces shishito peppers
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 bunch Thai basil
  • 1 burpless cucumber
  • 1 package extra-firm tofu
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 birdseye chilis
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • ¾ cup pearled barley



1. Prepare your ingredients.

Preheat the oven to 500°F. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the radishes into wedges. Slice the shishito peppers into rounds. With a paring knife or peeler, remove the peel of half an orange. Finely chop the peel to make about 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a citrus grater). Squeeze all the juice from both oranges. Pick the Thai basil leaves off the stems. Peel and slice the cucumber into rounds. Drain and pat dry the tofu; then cut it into ¼-inch-thick planks. Peel and mince the shallot. 


2. Cook the barley.

Add the barley to the pot of boiling water. Cook 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender. Drain thoroughly. 


3. Roast the tofu.

While the barley cooks, roast the tofu. Place the tofu in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet. Drizzle some olive oil over the tofu and season it with salt. Roast in the oven 13 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown on the edges.


4. Make the glaze.

In a small pot, heat the orange juice to boiling on medium-high. Simmer 7 to 9 minutes, or until syrupy and thickened. (It will reduce in volume quite a bit, and you may end up with a few tablespoons of glaze.) Remove from the heat; then stir in the honey and the birdseye chilis. 


5. Make the barley salad.

In a small bowl, combine about 2 tablespoons of the minced shallot, vinegar and orange zest. Gradually whisk in enough olive oil to make a dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste. In a medium bowl, combine the barley, radishes, shishito peppers, cucumber and half the basil leaves. Add some of the dressing and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 


6. Plate your dish.

Place half the roasted tofu slices on each of 2 plates. Spoon the glaze over the tofu. Top the tofu with the barley salad. Garnish with the remaining Thai basil. Enjoy! 


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