Friday, February 26, 2016

How to "Properly" Cook Tofu

How to Properly Cook Tofu

Tackling tofu can seem impossible, especially if you're new to being a vegetarian or vegan, so I am so excited to share with you my top tips for cooking tofu the right way! ;)

As a vegan, I eat tofu weekly--it's a great source of protein and it is actually super easy to make, but... you have to know what you're doing first, lol!

Of course it took a little while to master this, but I think after being plant strong for 12 years I kind of know what I'm doing.

tofu recipe

The first step is knowing what kind of tofu to buy. I like to buy extra firm already cubed tofu. I usually buy it from Whole Foods, but there are a ton of other local grocery stores that sell tofu as well. If the tofu you bought isn't cubed, that's okay, you'll get to it in the next step!

Cubing Tofu

Next, cut a slice in the top of the tofu and pour out the existing water. This is when you can take your tofu out of the package and dice it up into half inch thick cubes. 

Draining Tofu
I apologize for the blurriness--I did this step by step on Snapchat (username: Dream4mtrw)

Once you pour out the water and get your tofu cubed, you'll want to lay out some paper towels. I usually do about two layers on the bottom, and then spread the cubed tofu evenly out onto the paper towels. You don't want the tofu to be piled on top of each other because the goal is to get any excess water out.

How to properly cook tofu
Put a heavy object on top to compress it!

Put another two layers of paper towels on top of your one layer of tofu and pat down. You will already start to see a lot of water soaking out. You can even put something with a little pressure on top of your tofu layer to make sure all the water gets out. I leave mine for about 30 minutes - 1 hour, but the longer you leave it the better to make sure it's really dry!

Adding spices to tofu

Let all water get out of tofu before adding spices to it! My favorite spices I add are nutritional yeast (secret sauce), cayenne pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder.

Cooking tofu

Pour a tsp of olive oil in a frying pan and let it heat up before adding in your tofu. Add your spiced up tofu to olive oil and saute!

Browning tofu

Brown your tofu on all sides, this will take about 10 minutes.

That's it! This process takes a little over an hour from start to completion, but trust me you will look at tofu so differently after you start cooking it "properly." Also, when you do meal prep regularly, it just becomes a routine! :) You can cook veggies when it's draining, or multi task!

Was this helpful? Shoot me an email if you're a fellow vegan or transitioning--I'd love to chat and exchange recipes and tips! :) 

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