Anonymous asked: can you share an easy and beginners way to make tofu? I want to make it but i have no idea how to handle or prepare it? and tips to make it super delicious too
Sure! Let me start this by saying that I was super intimidated by tofu for a long time. I’ve had so much bad tofu in my life that I was convinced that it was just a gross food with no hope. Little did I know, tofu is an amazingly absorbent ingredient that lends its flavor to whatever it’s cooking in and has the ability to taste amazing when cooked properly!
My gateway into the world of yummy tofu was tofu scramble. To this day, it is still my favorite way to eat tofu. Try this recipe out! It requires very little prep as far as the tofu goes - just drain the package, pat dry, and crumble/mash into small pieces.
Some other helpful tips I’ve gathered over the years:
- Tofu comes in different styles, ranging from silken to extra/super firm. In cooking, I almost always use extra-firm. In the beginning, I always had issues with the tofu falling apart and using extra-firm tofu will help to prevent that. In preparation, Make sure to drain all the liquid from the tofu. Next, wrap it in a kitchen towel or a few layers of paper towel, set it on a plate, place another plate on top of it (flipped over), and set something heavy on top, such as a book or a can of tomato sauce - anything that’ll apply a decent amount of pressure. For best results, press the tofu for 20 minutes - 1 hour. When you come back to it, most of the water will have extracted from the tofu and you’re left with a block of tender tofu, ready for virtually anything! You can slice it into rectangles and grill it to make tofu “steaks,” cut into thin strips to use in fajitas, or cut into cubes for a stir fry.
- To infuse the most flavor into tofu, it’s best to marinate it. After you have pressed your tofu and cut it into your desired shapes, place in a bowl with a marinade of your choice. This can simply be BBQ sauce, dry seasoning, a vinaigrette - just make sure that all the pieces are coated by the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour (if you like to meal prep, do this the night before and leave to marinate overnight). Once it’s ready for cooking, you’re free to grill it, bake it, or sautee it.
- Silken tofu is wonderful for a protein boost in smoothies!! It will also make a decadent chocolate mousse.
Don’t be afraid of tofu!! Keep trying and I am sure you will find a method that works best for you.
I hope this helps!