How to Cook Tofu

Everyone should know how to cook tofu, and the tastiest way is also one of the simplest. First, something to remember when first learning how to cook tofu: All Tofu's are NOT created equal. Don't be afraid to shell out an extra $0.79 for the better brand, extra-firm variety. The wrong tofu will simply turn into mush on your frying pan and you will be left with nothing but gooey bitterness for you over-zealous frugality. ONce you have the right ingredients, however, you're ready to make a delicious and super-healthy dish!

This is how to cook tofu

Begin by drying the tofu block and cut into 3/4-inch cubes. Pour 2 tablespoons oil into a skillet, heat to medium, and cook tofu, turning occasionally, until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a bowl and toss with 2 teaspoons soy sauce, or 1 tablespoon of your favorite stir-fry sauce. Garnish with crumbled seaweed or grated fresh ginger.

You can also use the remaining oil in the pan to stir-fry some add-ons. Broccoli, scallions, edamame, spinach and other fresh, flavor-rich vegetables add essential vitamins. You can also serve the tofu and stir-fried vegetables over ramen or in miso soup. Tea is a good beverage match, and cold beer is a special treat in warm weather. No matter how you serve it, protein-packed tofu will satisfy your hunger without leaving you with a too-full feeling.

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