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Tomatoes and Tofu with Shrimps

A recent blog event on recipes using tomatoes inspired me to cook and share with you this Tomatoes and Tofu with Shrimps or what Filipinos would call Kamatis-Tokwa Guisado. This is one of the easiest sides to make and pair with most Asian meals. Saute together the tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients and it's ready in minutes. The best part is that the tomatoes you pick don't have to look their best because you chop and slice everything for the saute. This is an Asian In America recipe. Serves 2.
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Filipino Tomatoes Tofu Shrimps Saute
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Asian in America recipe


  • Medium-sized skillet : 10-inches in diameter


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil divided, use half for pan-frying tofu, rest for saute
  • 1 large (14 oz./397 g.) block extra firm tofu organic, drained
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 whole onion chopped
  • 2 whole large tomatoes chopped or sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 pound fresh shrimps peeled, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon patis (fish sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper powder
  • 2 stalks scallion greens chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  • In a large, non-stick skillet, over medium high heat, add half of the vegetable oil. When oil is hot enough, place the entire piece of tofu and pan fry till brown. It takes about 5 minutes to brown on each side. Turn it only once. Make sure each side is brown before turning. Remove from skillet and drain on parchment paper. When cool enough, cut in 1-inch cubes and set aside.
  • Using the same skillet, over medium high heat, add more vegetable oil if needed. When oil is hot, saute the garlic and onions. Then add the tomatoes and mix with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Pour the water and the fish sauce (patis) into the skillet. Add the shrimps and cook till they turn pink. Mash the tomatoes slightly with the back of the spoon. Continue cooking till tomatoes are soft for about 8 minutes.
  • Return the tofu cubes and mix with the rest of the ingredients. Season with salt and black pepper.
  • Garnish with chopped scallions and parsley if desired. Serve warm as a side with other entrees.
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Sodium: 1169mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.2mg