Don’t Be Afraid of Tofu!

Often times when I mention tofu, there’s at least one person who responds with, “EEeewwWWwww!!1!!!11!!” Understandable, but I always try to explain that there is more to the package full of soggy wet block sponge-thingy than meets the eye. Tofu is actually a VERY versatile (and delicious) addition to any meal, or it can be a tasty snack all by itself! The issue most people seem to have with tofu is that it has “no flavor,” and that’s where the fun begins! Tofu takes on the flavor of other ingredients, so I’m going to provide a list of ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

First off, though, there’s a way to cook tofu so that it firms up and loses that “soggy” BS. In this case, I recommend looking for the extra firm kind.

1. Remove tofu from package, drain it and place it on a cutting board or other hard surface, between two paper towels.

Adding something heavy on top helps to press more moisture out. 

2. Let it sit for at least an hour. 

3. Once you’ve gotten a good amount of moisture out, cut your tofu block into thin square or triangle-shaped slabs. You may also cut it into small cubes for a stir-fry type dish.

4. Toast your tofu in a large skillet over medium/low heat without using any oils or pan coating. This will evaporate the excess water and make the tofu more firm.

Don’t forget, you may also do this in the oven!

5. Once it has browned up a bit, you may add flavoring as you like and allow tofu pieces to simmer until the flavor “sticks”.

Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn.

Some flavor suggestions I recommend are:

Barbecue sauce

Beef or chicken broth

Soy sauce

Peanut sauce

In this case, I’ve made a mixture of peanut sauce, BBQ seasoning mix and a small amount of this guilty pleasure:

Steak ‘n Shake seasoning! (They sell it up front by the register!)

Let it cool and add it to sandwiches, salads, stir fry, or eat it on it’s own…there’s plenty of possibilities! 

Feel free to add some of your favorite flavors in the comments! 


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