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Tuesday Recipe: Tofu 101

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One of the top questions a vegetarian or vegan gets asked is, “What does tofu taste like?” Well it’s kind of like describing what water tastes like… Tofu is all what you add to it and how you cook it. It can definitely just be a bland soggy mess if done wrong.

I know when I wanted to add tofu to my diet I had a hard time finding a straight up instructional recipe/video. So here’s what I got after some tofu experience!

 

Step 1: Drain and dry your tofu

Tofu comes in a little container of water. Cut it open and pour out the water. Then you’re going to want to get as much water out as possible. To do so, get some paper towels and lay your block of tofu on top. Then just wrap em around the block and press down around the sides. Next, ring out the paper towels once they’re full and repeat. Try to get the tofu as dry as possible to avoid it crumbling apart.

 

Step 2: Cut it into little cubes

 

Step 3: Choose a sauce/marinade

THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART! And fun. You can choose whatever sauce your heart desires and it’ll work. Pre-made sauces or simple ones you can make at home. You can either marinate your tofu for a while to get more flavor or you can just toss it on and bake it.

 

Here’s a nice article that breaks down making any sauce:

http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/cooking-tips/article/stupid-easy-marinades-with-5-ingredients-or-less

 

Here’s my go to (Asian) sauce:

¼ C soy sauce

1 T sesame oil*

1 T rice vinegar*

1 T grated fresh ginger

1 to 2 T maple syrup/honey/agave/sugar

 

* can find these in any international aisle of grocery store

 

Step 4: Bake Tofu

Bake the cubes on a sheet of parchment paper at 350℉. Depending on how dry your tofu is, baking time will differ.

Bake for 15 minutes and then flip. Cook another 10 minutes and flip. Continue to flip every 10 minutes until it’s golden brown and a little crispy looking. The total time should be from 35-45 minutes.

 

Step 5: Enjoy!

Toss on a salad, put it in a noodle dish, or use it as your protein in any meal!

Researched and written by Peer Educator, Amanda George