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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.

Marinating Tofu

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.

Grilled Tofu

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 warmed. Go 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 fajitas.

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.

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