How To Cook Tofu – Six Easy Ways


Tofu – when cooked the correct way can be actually addictive, or it will be super unappetizing even for the most ardent bean curd lovers. here I have a detailed usher on How to cook tofu in six easy ways that actually tastes very good .
How to cook tofu
Tofu, originated in Asia, gained quite a popularity in the West. Thanks to the local Chinese takeouts that offer Hot and Sour soup with bantam shreds of firm bean curd with most meals. But I am not a big fan of the sinuate tofu that truly doesn ’ t have a morsel. After I started making my own bean curd and cooking it in several ways, I have started loving this ill-famed vegan protein more than ever. reason : cooking the bean curd the right field way and making it perfectly crispy. ( Well, that ’ s how I like it )
How to cook tofu crispy
But crisp bean curd doesn ’ triiodothyronine actually have to be the fry interpretation. here I have the six different ways to how to cook tofu recipes.

How to Cook Tofu in Microwave?

Type – Firm or Extra Firm, Time – 5-6 minutes, Drain– Not required

How to cook tofu in microwave
often, we cook bean curd in the oven or in a pan ; however, the microwave version is super comfortable and yields some in truth chewy ( kind of chicken-like ) bean curd that works best in stimulate fry and curries .

  • Cut tofu length-wise, and into small but thick strips(around 1-2 inches).
  • Layer tofu strips on a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Add vegan Chicken broth powder and oil spray or just salt, pepper or soy + sriracha marinade. Give a good stir carefully so that each tofu piece is well coated.
  • Layer the tofu again in the bowl.
  • Cook in microwave for 5 to 6 minutes until tofu looks dehydrated and chewy.
  • Make sure to turn the tofu strips upside down after three minutes for an even cooking.

note :

  • As the tofu cooks in the microwave, they tend to stick to each other. A non-stick oil spray really helps here.
  • Also, the tofu strips layered around the edge of the bowl cook faster than the ones the middle. Make sure to keep a constant check and remove the cooked tofu strips to avoid super-chewy or hard tofu.
  • If your tofu strips become hard due to overcooking, don’t worry. Add them to a broth or in curries, and they will beautifully soak the sauce and swell up without losing that nice bite.

How to Cook Tofu in Oven/How to Bake Tofu?

Type – Firm or Extra Firm, Temp – 350 F Time – 45 minutes, Draining –Required

How to cook tofu in oven
Baked bean curd is ace easy to make, and the best separate is you can prepare a huge batch and store it for a long time in the refrigerator. These bantam little pieces can be used in the stir fry, salads, curries, and evening fried rice or boodle wraps. The texture of these tofu bites are crisp to chewy, which makes them very versatile as a meat successor in many recipes .

  • To make these, start with preheating your oven to 350F.
  • Marinate drained tofu with spices or sauces of your choice. I prefer – curry powder, salt, garlic powder or soy + sriracha sauce.
  • Keep the tofu marinated for half hour or more.
  • Now transfer the tofu pieces to a lined baking tray and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Don’t forget to turn the tofu bites halfway through cooking.
  • Allow the tofu bites to cool down completely before storing.

note : spray with some oil and use cornstarch for a crispier texture .

How to Cook Tofu in a pan?

Type – Firm or Extra Firm, Time – Sauté – 15-20 minutes, Fry – 9-12 minutes and Scramble – 20-25 minutes, Draining – Required

How to cook tofu in a pan
When you cook tofu in a pan, you have three options. You can sauté bean curd in low-medium inflame for 10-20 minutes until the edges are crisp, or fry them until golden brown university. If not, you can always break the bean curd and add spices, seasoning, and sauce to make clamber bean curd .

Sauté:

How to cook tofu in a pan

  • Heat a cast iron or a nonstick pan.
  • If using cast iron, grease the pan with few drops of oil before heating it.
  • Now add marinated pieces of tofu and cook in low to medium heat.
  • Ensure to turn each tofu pieces gently after a few minutes so that each side cooks perfectly.
  • It may take up to 15-20 minutes for each batch of tofu to cook perfectly crispy.

Fry:

How to cook tofu in a pan

  • Add 4-5 tablespoon of oil in a flat bottom pan – preferably cast iron.
  • Add marinated pieces to the hot oil and fry till each side turns golden brown.
  • Cook in medium temperature so that tofu pieces don’t burn in the pan.
  • Allow each side to cook for 4-5 minutes in the hot oil.

note : Slice the bean curd medium-thin for the best results .

Scramble:

How to cook tofu scramble

  • This the BEST tofu dish that I love.
  • If you want to scramble tofu, start with drained extra-firm or firm tofu.
  • Add a few drops of oil to the pan and allow the pan to heat uniformly.
  • Now add tofu, break it with your spatula and allow it to cook properly before seasoning.
  • You can also add pre-cooked veggies, spring onions and herbs to the scrambled tofu.
  • If making Indian style, add some curry powder and turmeric for a nice yellowish hue and a mellow curry flavor.
  • Cook until the tofu crumbles and feels dry and crumbles are brown.

How to Cook Tofu in an Air Fryer?

Type – Firm or Extra Firm, Time – 15-20 minutes, Draining – Required

How to cook tofu in air fryer

  • Use a mixture of soy and sriracha and 1 tablespoon of corn starch to coat tofu pieces evenly.
  • Add marinated tofu in the preheated air fryer and cook it at 370F for 15-20 minutes until the edges are crispy.
  • Don’t forget to turn the tofu cubes after 10 minutes so that each side gets cooked.

How to Press Tofu?

It is very significant to prep bean curd to cook it in any of the above-mentioned ways. I highly recommend draining bean curd a night before for the best results. Or, you can use any of these methods to press bean curd .

Microwave Method:

Tofu From Store Bought Soy milk:

  • This is the easiest way to drain tofu.
  • Cut the tofu in length-wise into two blocks and place it on a microwave safe bowl.
  • Heat in high for two minutes and then turn and heat for another minute.
  • You will see drained water at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Drain the excess water, press gently to drain more liquid, and proceed with your tofu recipe.

Traditional Method:

Tofu From Store Bought Soy milk:

  • Use a tofu press to drain the tofu. Drain the excess water in the tofu package and cut it into halves.
  • Place it inside the tofu press and allow it to drain until the tofu is dry.
  • Or, place the tofu blocks on paper towels and on a baking sheet or a cutting board and place another paper towel with another baking sheet on it.
  • Put some weights (books, a gallon of water or juice bottle) on it and drain the tofu thoroughly. (4-5 hours)
  • Every half-hour, check the paper towels and replace with fresh ones if necessary. Most of the time, the paper towel will soak the pressed water from the tofu.

Nutrition Info:

Since, each method is different and uses a variety of marinade and spices, the nutrition information for each bean curd is unlike. here is a dislocation of nutriment information for each character .
Fried Tofu – 77 calories/ 1 oz, Baked Tofu – 76 calories/3.5 oz, Air-fried – 76 calories/3.5 oz, Scramble – 150 calories/ 1 cup, Microwave Tofu – 76 calories/ 3.5 oz
How to cook tofu

How to Cook Tofu in Six Ways

Learn how to cook tofu in six easy ways that actually yields super crispy and flavorful tofu.

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Prep Time:

5

minutes

Cook Time:

15

minutes

Total Time:

20

minutes

Servings:

4

Calories:

76

kcal

Author:

Sophie

Cost:

$5

Equipment

  • Air fryer, Oven, Microwave and Stovetop

Ingredients

  • 1 parry Tofu ( Extra Firm )

Microwave Method

  • 1 tablespoon Chicken broth gunpowder

Baking Method in Oven

  • 1 teaspoon Curry powderize
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powderize
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Pan-Fry Method

Air-Fry Method

  • 1 tablespoon Soy sauce + Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Corn Starch

Instructions

How to Cook Tofu in Microwave

  • Cut tofu length-wise, and into small but thick strips(around
    1-2 inches).

  • Layer tofu strips on a microwave safe bowl.

  • Add vegan Chicken broth powder and oil spray(this is what I
    used) or just salt, pepper or soy + sriracha marinade. Give a good stir
    carefully.

  • Layer the tofu again in the bowl. Cook in microwave for 5 to 6 minutes until tofu looks
    dehydrated and chewy.

  • Make sure to turn the tofu strips upside down after three
    minutes for an even cooking.

How to Bake Tofu?

  • Start with preheating your oven to 350F.

  • Marinate drained tofu with spices or sauces of your choice.
    I prefer – curry powder, salt, garlic powder and oil or soy + sriracha sauce.

  • Keep the tofu marinated for half hour or more.

  • Now transfer the tofu pieces to a lined baking tray and bake
    for 45 minutes. Don’t forget to turn the tofu bites halfway through cooking.

  • Allow the tofu bites to cool down completely before storing.

How to Cook Tofu in a Pan?

  • Sauté : Heat a frame iron or a nonstick pan. If using cast iron, grease the pan with few drops of anoint before heating it. immediately add marinade pieces of bean curd and cook in depleted to medium estrus. guarantee to turn each bean curd pieces gently after few minutes so that each side cooks perfectly. It may take up to 15-20 minutes for each batch of bean curd to cook absolutely crisp .
  • fry : Add 4-5 tablespoon of anoint in a flat bottom pan – preferably cast cast-iron. Add marinated pieces to the hot oil and fry public treasury each side turns golden brown. Cook in medium temperature so that bean curd pieces don ’ t burn in the pan. Allow each side to cook for 4-5 minutes in the hot oil. note : Slice the bean curd medium-thin for the best results .
  • scamper : This the BEST bean curd dish in my opinion. If you want to scramble bean curd, start with drain extra-firm or firm bean curd. Add a few drops of petroleum to the pan and allow the pan to heat uniformly. nowadays add tofu, break it with your spatula and allow it to cook properly before seasoning. You can besides add pre-cooked veggies, spring onions and herbs to the scrambled bean curd. If making indian style, add some dress powder and turmeric for a courteous yellow hue and a mellowly curry season. Cook until the bean curd crumbles are brown and feel dry .

How to Cook Tofu in Air-fryer?

  • Add marinated tofu in air fryer and cook it at 370 F for 15-20 minutes until the edges are crispy. (It took 12-15 minutes in my air fryer)

  • Don’t forget to turn the tofu cubes after 10 minutes so that
    each side gets cooked.

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Notes

note :

  • As the tofu cooks in the microwave, they tend to stick to each other. A non-stick oil spray really helps here.
  • Also, the tofu strips layered around the edge of the bowl cook faster than the ones the middle. Make sure to keep a constant check and remove the cooked tofu strips to avoid super-chewy or hard tofu.
  • If your tofu strips become hard due to overcooking, don’t worry. Add them to a broth or in curries, and they will beautifully soak the sauce and swell up without losing that nice bite.
  • Spray with some oil and use cornstarch for a crispier texture. (For Baking)

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Nutrition

Calories:

76

kcal

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How is Tofu Good For You?

Tofu is an excellent source of protein, calcium and iron. Since, tofu is low in cholesterol and fat, it is one of the best low-fat plant-based protein option for vegan, vegetarians and plant-based eaters .

How do You Prepare Tofu?

Drain the excess liquid by pressing the bean curd or heating it in the microwave. Cut it into desired shapes, and choose any of the methods mentioned in this article for making crisp or spiced bean curd .

How to Cook Tofu Like Chicken? (Microwave Method)

How to cook tofu like chicken

  • Cut tofu length-wise, and into small but thick strips(around 1-2 inches). Layer tofu strips on a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Add vegan Chicken broth powder and oil spray or just salt, pepper or soy + sriracha marinade. Give a good stir carefully so that each tofu piece is well coated.
  • Layer the tofu again in the bowl.
  • Cook in the microwave for 5 to 6 minutes until tofu looks dehydrated and chewy.
  • Make sure to turn the tofu strips upside down after three minutes for an even cooking.

How To Cook Tofu Curry?

How to cook tofu

  • Cook tofu until crispy.
  • Choose any of the methods – Microwave, baking, pan-fry or air-fry.
  • Add curry paste to the pan, add water and curry powder. Bring the sauce to a boil.
  • Now add the crispy tofu and simmer the curry to a desired consistency.
  • Adjust salt and pepper.
  • Your tofu curry is ready.

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