I suspect a lot of Australian (and overseas Australian) bloggers have tried Vegemite with tofu at some stage. There are a few recipes around, but it's the kind of dish that doesn't necessarily require a recipe. There seem to be some Vegemite chicken recipes out there too, and I imagine Vegemite has been paired with all sorts of other ingredients that I've never thought of.
Vegemite stir fry may not be a new concept, but I thought I'd post this version for my own reference, and perhaps to inspire those of you who haven't come across this use for the ingredient. If you're from the UK, Marmite would work equally well, and Promite would give a milder but still similar result. If you're from the US, I'm not sure if you have an equivalent product, but you can probably get hold of Vegemite, Marmite or Promite if you're really keen! (I summarised the differences between the three here.)
When you think about it, the salty, yeasty, umami taste of Vegemite isn't all that different to the flavour profile of soy sauce, which is a common stir fry ingredient. I'm not sure I want soy sauce on my toast...but Vegemite on my vegetables works just fine.
Vegemite stir fry
A casual dish that takes Vegemite from spread to sauce!
1 1/2 tbsp Vegemite or equivalent spread (you could easily double this if you wanted a stronger taste)
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 cup water
350g (1 block) firm tofu, sliced and pressed
1 small onion, diced
Stir fry vegetables of choice such as -
1 small head broccoli, cut into florets
1 bunch bok choi, roughly chopped
1 carrot, thinly sliced
Handful mushrooms, sliced
Srirachi or other chilli sauce, for drizzling
Rice, quinoa or noodles, for serving, as desired
Combine the Vegemite, nutritional yeast and water in a shallow baking dish and whisk to combine. Add the sliced and pressed tofu and allow to marinate for at least 15 minutes, but preferably 30-60 minutes.
Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat and cook the tofu pieces until lightly golden. Retain the extra Vegemite marinade/sauce.
Remove the tofu pieces and add the onion and other vegetables to your pan, along with the remaining Vegemite marinade. Cook over low-medium heat for approximately 5 minutes. Return the tofu to the pan and keep over low-medium heat for a further 5-10 minutes.
Serve drizzled with Srirarchi or other hot sauce (this really makes the dish!), plus rice / quinoa / noodles as desired.
Do you enjoy Vegemite or a similar spread on tofu, or in other savoury dishes?