So, as many of you know I recently decided to start on a plant-based diet. I have had to find some good protein sources for my cooking and tofu is one of my favorites. There are many ways to cook tofu.
Pressing, it’s a must!
One thing I learned is that if you are planning on pan frying your it, you should definitely press it. Pressing removes a lot of the extra moisture and allows for a more crisp texture.
So, what is pressing? It is exactly what it sounds like. You want to take it and remove it from the container of water. Pat dry and wrap with either a clean kitchen towel or multiple paper towels (it has to be enough to absorb the extra liquid). Place on a plate and then place another plate or even a cake pan on top. Add a few cans for weight or use a brick wrapped in foil. Let the tofu sit for an a minimum of 15 minutes and up to an hour. I like mine a bit dry too. I remove the paper towel after pressing and let it sit for another 30 minutes.
Here’s a video. I’m a more visual person and this is a very basic demonstration.
I also like to “mash” it. I do this when making tacos or even adding it to marinara sauce. It gives it more of a “meat” feel, just a tad softer. Even better is a tofu scramble for breakfast.
Tofu is very porous and will take on almost any flavor you want. My personal seasoning favorites are chili powder, cumin, garlic and smoked paprika, yummm.
Here are a few things I like to make with my tofu.
- scrambled with veggies
- tofu and soy sausage breakfast sandwich
- pan-fried on salad
- lasagna (so freaking good)
It can also be added to sauces and dressings as a thickener. The possibilities really are endless. You really have to be willing to experiment to find what you like and do not. I try not to limit myself. That way it doesn’t get boring. I will list a few links to some good recipes/sites below.
Thanks for reading!