How To Cook Tofu

There are so many options with tofu. It is extremely versatile and lends itself to a huge variety of healthy recipes. It can be fried, baked or served in a salad or pie. It can be served in a smoothie or scrambled like eggs. There are so many recipe possibilities. I've included instructions on how to cook tofu in many of these ways below.

What Is Tofu?

If you are new to to this fab food, you might want to start here...



Freezing Tofu

A very useful trick which goes beyond storing and preserving. Tofu that's been frozen has a lot more chew and drinks up any sauces or spices you want to add.



How To Fry Tofu

Probably the most popular method but it can be hard to get right. Here's how to make fried tofu that is crispy and delicious.



Baked Tofu

My favourite. The only problem with this method is that I can't resist popping these delicious little morsels in my mouth when they come out of the oven;-)



Deep Fried Tofu

Deep frying results in a very light, crisp and golden texture. Prepare as you would for regular frying but it is best to keep the pieces relative large - a couple of inches in length at least.

Use a deep fryer or a wok and fill the oil to a depth of about two inches. The ideal temperature for the oil is 350F or 180C. Drop in the tofu and cook for about 2 minutes or until golden and beginning to float to the top of the cooking oil. Again, don't overload the pan - you might need to cook in batches. Flip over the pieces using a tongs (or chopsticks if you are feeling confident and authentic!) and deep fry for about 2 minutes more. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on a rack or on paper towels.


Recipes


Fajitas With Tofu

Smoky and spicy, one of my favourite weekend dinners.



Crispy Tofu Sticks

Fun and easy family friendly tofu. Great for dipping.



Creamy Apricot Tofu Dessert

A simple but delectable chilled dessert with silken tofu, apricots and almonds.



Green Bean & Tofu Salad With Spicy Peanut Sauce

A tasty vegan salad made with green beans, fried tofu and a spicy peanut Asian dressing.



Teriyaki Tofu

Thick slices of beancurd and vegetables in a rich Japanese style broth.



Smoked Tofu, Spinach and Tomato Tart

Here's one that's a little different to the norm. This quiche is both unusual and delicious. It is also really quick and simple to rustle up.



Black Pepper Tofu Stir Fry

This is an amazing recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi's book Plenty.



A Deliciously Light and Easy Vegetarian Pad Thai

This vegetarian Pad Thai recipe is fast, simple and wonderfully authentic.



Sesame Tofu Marinade

This aromatic dish is super easy and good. The intense sesame flavours are great here.



Malaysian Satay

A vegetarian satay recipe full of the exotic spices of South East Asia.


Tofu Burger Recipe. Quick And Tasty Tofu Burgers

This tofu burger recipe is incredibly easy but the results are fantastic. Even kids love them.



Sweet And Sour Tofu, Yummy Fried Tofu Recipe

Crispy with a sweet and sticky sauce, this sweet and sour tofu is yum and easy.



Baked Tofu Recipe With Sweet Chilli

This easy baked tofu recipe uses sweet chilli sauce to create scrumptious savory bites that will really add something special to your stir fries, salads or sandwiches.



Pressing Tofu

Depending on the tofu you are using, it is not always absolutely essential to press tofu before cooking it but it does improve the texture and helps it to hold its shape so it is worthwhile. I almost always recommend pressing unless you can find tofu that is labelled "extra firm" or which has already been pressed.

To press tofu, wrap it in 2-3 layers of heavy paper towels and place it on a chopping board. Cover the wrapped tofu with a heavy weight - a saucepan or pot weighted with a couple of cans of tomatoes or beans works well. Leave the tofu to press for 20 to 30 minutes. Pat dry with more paper towels and slice or cube as you wish.

Now the method I just described is exactly how I press my tofu and it works very well though I admit I have my eye on this little gadget from Tofu Xpress. The reviews are glowing and I do feel actively guilty about the amount of paper towels the traditional pressing method uses. I also once made the mistake of weighing down my tofu with a jar of tahini which rolled onto my tiled floor and smashed into many messy pieces. If you have a tofu press, I'd love to know what you think of it.


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