If you’re looking for a delicious and healthy way to cook tofu, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, I will instruct you on how to cook tofu for beginners. Besides, I also will share how to press tofu properly and what dishes you can serve with tofu. By the end of this article, you’ll be a tofu expert! Trust me

1. How To Press Tofu

There are a few methods you can use to press tofu, depending on what equipment you have.

The simplest method is to wrap the block of tofu in a clean kitchen towel or several layers of paper towels, then set it on a plate. Place another plate on top of the tofu, then weigh it down with something heavy, like a can of beans or a jug of water.

If you have a tofu press, you can use that to press your tofu more quickly and effectively. Simply place the block of tofu in the press and tighten the screws until it’s as firm as you like.

Both methods to press tofu need 15-30 minutes. The result is a solid & dense textured tofu block that is ready for cutting and cooking.

2. How To Cook Tofu on the Stove

2.1. How To Deep Fry Tofu

Ingredients

  • A block of extra-firm tofu (15-16 ounces) 
  • 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil (or any vegetable oil)
  • Salt (optional)

Instructions

Step 1: First, drain the tofu and press tofu then cut them into cubes then put all tofu cubes in a zip lock bag. Next, transfer zip lock bag to the freezer for about 30 minutes. This step will help your fried tofu dish become crispy.

Step 2: Place a skillet on the stove over medium-high heat and drizzle the olive oil (4-5 tablespoons).

Step 3: Once the oil is nice and hot, release the top tofu cubes into the skillet. (* ensure to place the tofu pieces in a single layer without over-lapping)

Step 4: Cook each side of the tofu cubes for 3 minutes. Do not stir. Leave the Tofu alone until they are beautifully golden brown. Then, flip the side using tongs. Finally, transfer to a cooling rack.

Once cooled, serve the crispy fried Tofu seasoned with salt or along with a sauce/dip. Consume within a few hours of frying or else they will no longer be crispy and instead turn chewy. You can also add the fried tofu cubes to various stir-fry recipes.

Crispy Pan Fried Tofu

2.2. How to Scramble Tofu

Ingredients

  • 1 block of extra-firm Tofu (15-16 ounces) 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or any vegetable oil)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup of water

Instructions

Step 1: First, drain the tofu and press tofu then put your tofu into a pan then use a potato masher to mash it into small curds.

Step 2: In a non-stick pan, heat the oil over medium heat, when the oil starts to smoke slightly add small curds of tofu and cook for 4 minutes. Stir frequently

Step 3: Next, season your tofu with salt, pepper, turmeric, and nutritional yeast. Stir well for 2-3 minutes and add some water. Then turn off the stove and serve immediately

2.3. How to Stir Fry Tofu

Ingredients

  • 1 block of extra-firm Tofu (15-16 ounces) 
  • 1 tbsp canola oil (or any vegetable oil)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

Step 1: First, drain the tofu and press tofu then cut the tofu into small cubes before stir-frying.

Step 2: Add oil to the pan then heat the oil over medium heat, when the oil starts to smoke slightly add gently tofu cubes and cook without stirring for 3 minutes

Step 3: Add soy sauce and sprinkle black pepper powder and garlic powder on top and stir well for 2 minutes. You can add other ingredients such as steamed or roasted vegetables. This will give stir-fried tofu more flavor and make it more delicious to eat.

Step 4: Transfer them to a plate and serve immediately after cooking. Stir-fried tofu is best when it is fresh and hot out of the pan.

3. How To Cook Tofu in the Oven

Baking tofu in the oven is one of the most popular ways to cook tofu. Because it’s simple and easy to do, detailed recipe baked tofu you can read here

4. How To Cook Tofu in the Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 block of extra-firm Tofu (15-16 ounces) 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat your air fryer to 400 °F

Step 2: Next, drain the tofu and press tofu then cut them into smaller pieces

Step 3: In a large bowl, add tofu and mix them with olive oil, salt, paprika, and black pepper powder then coat it in cornstarch or arrowroot powder

Step 4: Spread out seasoned tofu pieces in an air fryer basket. In a single layer, without overlapping, and cook for 10-15 minutes, flipping once halfway through, or until golden brown and crispy.

5. What To Serve With Tofu

There are many delicious options for what to serve with tofu. Below are some of my ideas for you.

  • Tofu can be added to stir-fries, soups, and curries.
  • It can be used as a replacement for meat in dishes such as tacos, burritos, and Buddha bowls.
  • You can try cubed tofu in a salad for a protein-packed lunch or serve stir-fried tofu with pasta and roasted broccoli
  • For a quick and easy snack, deep fry tofu until it is crispy, and enjoy it with dipping sauces.

6. How To Store Leftover Tofu

If you have cooked too much tofu or simply have leftovers, storing it properly will ensure that it stays fresh and delicious. Here are some tips for storing leftover tofu.

Tofu can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days. When storing tofu, be sure to place it in an airtight container. This will help to keep it from drying out.

Cooked tofu can be stored for up to two months if frozen. When freezing tofu, be sure to place it in a freezer-safe container.

To thaw frozen tofu, simply place it in the refrigerator overnight or cook it from frozen.

Tofu is a food versatile and can be cooked in many different ways, making it a perfect ingredient for both main dishes and side dishes. With these instructions, I hope that you’ll know how to cook tofu like a pro. Good luck.

Read More: Baked Tofu Recipe

Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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