Tofu Preparation Tips
Tofu is a taste chameleon and combines well
the flavors of the food around it. Cooking with tofu can be creative
as it will lend itself to your choice of spices. Tofu Yu has
created a variety of tofu with flavors that appeal to American
tastes and go well with other foods.
Tofu loves being marinated. Slice the tofu into slabs or
large cubes, then let them soak in the marinade for anywhere
between 10 and 30 minutes. Tofu has a lot of water in it, even
after you press it, and oil and water don't mix. Using oil in
your marinade will actually create an oil slick on the tofu and
the flavors will never sink in. Skip the oil in your marinades — replace
it with extra vinegar, soy sauce, citrus juice, or stock.
Pan Seared Tofu
Get crispy with cornstarch. If you're going to panfry or
stir-fry your tofu, simply coat it in cornstarch after you've
marinated it. A medium/light coat is best — just put your
marinated tofu in a big plastic zipper bag, add 1/2 cup cornstarch,
close, and shake well. This will give your tofu a fantastic,
crispy coating, and it also helps the tofu not stick to the pan.
Don't forget about broiling, grilling,
and grill pans. Tofu
is great on the grill, in a grill pan, and under the broiler.
Just marinate it, spray your grill or pan with a little canola
oil spray to prevent sticking, and cook until you get nice grill
marks or crispy edges (about 7 minutes per side — can be
less on a scorching-hot grill!). Tofu doesn't actually need to
be cooked at all, so no worries about internal temps, and this
is a super-healthy way to prepare tofu.
More Cooking Tofu Ideas
- Sprinkle tofu with nutritional yeast, sesame
seeds then fry, to give it a crispy crust.
- Tofu can be crumbled and used in salads,
soups and on pizza.
- Tofu can be frozen up to five months. Don't
be surprised if the frozen tofu turns a light shade of caramel
and has a slightly chewier texture.
- Skewer Tofu cubes with vegetables and grill
6-7 minutes on each side.
- Smoked Tofu and Flavored Tofus can be sliced and
served with crackers and fruit.
- Italiano Tofu: Garlic Pepper Firm and Pesto
Firm can be cooked in lasagnes, parmigiana, pasta recipies.
We even make a Tofu Pasta that does not need to cooked, only
to the Tofu Creations page for a complete list of our tofu foods.
- Tofu Ole: Chipotle Firm, Smoked Jalapeno or
BBQ Beef and BBQ Chicken flavored can be used in burritos or
If you have a fun idea about cooking
tofu and how to use our Tofu Yu foods, please send in your ideas
from our email page.