How To Cook With Tofu
When wondering how to cook with tofu it can be surprising to find the virtually limitless uses for something as simple as soy bean curd. Tofu is a low-fat, lighter, healthier alternative to a lot of protein sources such as meat and dairy. It can be used in recipes as a meat substitute, a dairy substitute, and even in some desserts.
You will need the following to cook with tofu:
- basic cooking skill
- an adventurous palate for new tastes
How to Cook with Tofu
- Most recipes require draining the tofu prior to use in recipes. To drain tofu, remove from it's packaging and wrap in several layers of paper towels. Place on top of a plate with more paper towels on it, and lay more paper towels on top of the wrapped tofu. Then place a second plate on top and stand a medium-sized can on top for pressure, such as a soup can. Allow to rest for 15-20 minutes, unwrap and use.
- To add tofu to soups, cut into small cubes, bite-sized is best, and add to the soup just before serving. The tofu will absorb the broth and flavors of the soup while adding a pleasant look and nutritious protein boost to the soup.
- To cook tofu in a stir-fry, prepare all of the other stir-fry ingredients and cube the tofu into large cubes but still in the bite-sized size group. You may marinate the tofu for 30-60 minutes prior, if desired. Add a little oil to a hot skillet and lightly brown the tofu on all sides, then remove from pan. Stir-fry the vegetables and other ingredients, then return tofu to the pan and combine before serving.
- To cook tofu on the grill, after draining the tofu, slice into half-inch thick slices. Lay in a single layer in a zipper freezer bag or in a freezer-proof container. Freeze the tofu for several hours, or overnight. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator, then place in desired marinade for 30-60 minutes. Brush or spray lightly with grill-safe cooking oil and grill until golden and heated through. By freezing the tofu and allowing it to thaw first, the texture will be slightly chewier and more "meat-like."