Tofu cooking methods
Tofu can be a somewhat divisive food; people either seem to really like it or loathe it, but I’ve found that the reason a lot of people dislike tofu isn’t really a matter of taste, but one of texture. While we’ve all heard that tofu is only as flavorful as what it’s served with and this is true to an extent, the cooking method you use to prepare your tofu has just as much of an impact. So if you’ve asked yourself tofu or not tofu? recently, check out some of the best ways to turn the curious white block into something delicious.
Steaming is one of simplest yet most often forgotten ways to prepare tofu. Instead of chewy, the tofu becomes “pillowy, ” especially if steamed atop simmering rice. For a quick, simple meal, fill a steamer pan with about an inch of water, then place raw firm or extra firm tofu (not silken) in a steamer basket over the pan and steam for ten minutes, or until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy with some veggies and rice.
Best steamed method: Combine uncooked brown rice with a dash of coconut milk in addition to water for cooking the rice, some seasonings (I prefer cardamom, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and a bit of sea salt), and simmer the rice for about 30 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork, stirring in some shredded coconut if desired. Place cubes of firm or extra firm tofu on top of the rice (not mixed in, just on top), cover and simmer the rice for 20 minutes longer, or until the tofu is cooked through and the rice is tender. To serve, fold the tofu into the rice, adding a dash of cayenne if you like.
Baked tofu is great for sandwiches, wraps, and even salads. Baking results in chewier bites of tofu that are lightly browned on the outside. To bake tofu, just drain and press a block of extra firm or firm tofu, slice it into cubes of the desired size, then place the tofu on a baking sheet that’s lightly oiled or sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 400 F until golden brown.
Best Baked Method: The whole concept that tofu is only as tasty as what it’s flavored with is especially true of baked tofu. To make your baked tofu the best it can be, place cubes of pressed and drained firm or extra firm tofu in a shallow casserole dish filled with a marinade of your choice, and allow the tofu to soak overnight in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to bake your tofu use a slotted spoon or spatula to remove the cubes from the marinade and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Bake and enjoy!
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