Tofu is the magical ingredient. It’s pretty much tasteless, so you can transform it into anything from a dessert to a savory dish. I don’t blame anyone who has tasted tofu in it’s raw form and claims to hate it. But what a shame it is to disregard this wonderfully adaptive food without first experimenting. Don’t give up on tofu! You do not have to be a vegetarian to love it, and you do not have to be a well versed the the kitchen to cook it on your own.
Here are 5 quick and easy tofu recipes and tips that anyone could start with.
Tip: Usually tofu comes in liquid. You are going to want to drain the liquid, and if it’s firm tofu I recommend wrapping it in a towel and pressing down on it to further drain out as much liquid as you can from the block. I usually wrap the tofu in a towel and let it sit on the counter while I prepare the other ingredients before I cook with it.
Using firm tofu > drain liquid > cube > throw in olive oil misted cooking pan > on burner medium high > drizzle soy sauce or Bragg’s aminos over the tofu > shake pan, use spatula to turn the cubes every which way until each side has a bit of sauce on it > cook/sauté until golden brown, or yellowish in color. DONE
Using soft tofu > drain liquid > throw in cooking pan over medium high > drizzle with olive oil > add salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, dried or fresh basil > sauté until golden brown or yellowish in color. DONE
Using firm tofu > drain liquid > cube > drizzle olive oil in cooking pan over medium high heat on burner > fill large ziplock back with bread crumbs, crushed up saltines, or brewers yeast > add garlic powder, salt, pepper, curry powder to bag > throw in cubed tofu > shake bag > empty contents of bag into pan > cook/sauté until golden brown. DONE
Using silkened tofu > drain liquid > drizzle olive oil into cooking pan over medium high heat > throw tofu into cooking pan > add salt, garlic powder > dried or fresh basil, pepper > sauté and use spatula to mix the tofu around in the pan > cook until golden brown or yellowish color. DONE
Using firm tofu > drain liquid > cube > get brave and choose your very favorite herb and or spice blend > place tofu evenly on olive oil misted baking sheet > sprinkle herb and or spice blend over tofu > salt and pepper > bake at 350 for 8 minutes > open oven and turn tofu over > sprinkle more of your favorite spice blend onto the tofu > salt pepper > bake for another eight minutes. DONE
Tip: Once you get the idea, run with it. Don’t be afraid to add real onions and garlic, firm tofu is a great addition to fried rice or stir fry. Use silkened tofu in a milkshake, firm in soups. Any of the recipes above would go great over rice or in a salad. Wing it and add tomatoes, corn, peas, steamed carrots to the cooking pan. Even plain firm tofu is a great addition to a salad with your favorite dressing. It is high in protein and low in carbs. Again I say it’s the magical ingredient. Enjoy!