How to Fry Extra Firm Tofu Succesfully

Tofu is a viable source of vegetable protein and there are many ways to enjoy tofu. Extra firm tofu makes excellent candidate for frying. Its firm texture makes it easy to slice and stay in shape. No messy breaking...

Tofu is a viable source of vegetable protein and there are many ways to enjoy tofu. Extra firm tofu makes excellent candidate for frying. Its firm texture makes it easy to slice and stay in shape. No messy breaking away unlike its silken counterpart. Fried firm tofu is very easy to make and here's how to fry extra firm tofu successfully.

Stir Fry Tofu and Vegetables
Stir Fry Tofu and Vegetables

You need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 slab of extra firm tofu. (Always make sure the label outside says extra firm, because there are different grades of tofu--silken, soft, firm and extra firm)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil, enough to coat frying pan. (Preferably canola oil, peanut oil, grapeseed or olive)
  • Seasoning of choice (salt, pepper, soy sauce, curry powder, paprika,honey, lemon juice)

Directions:

  1. To begin with, dry tofu slab with paper towels. Removing extra moisture from tofu will ensure a crispier result.
  2. Slice tofu into blocks of about 1/2" thick. They should look like bricks. You can also cut it into cubes.
  3. Coat non-stick frying pan with oil. Spread the oil out evenly.
  4. Heat pan over medium heat and make sure it's hot (about 30 seconds to 1 minutes) before putting in the pieces of sliced tofu. If you're not using a non-stick pan, make sure the pan is totally hot before adding tofu slices as they tend to stick otherwise.
  5. Put slices of tofu in the pan in a single layer, making sure there's ample room between them. You should hear a sizzle as the tofu is placed in the pan.
  6. Once all the tofu pieces are in, leave it alone for 4 to 5 minutes or until you see a golden brown color appearing on the sides of the tofu. If you flip them over before they're firm and brown, they will break. Gently jiggle pan if necessary to prevent tofu pieces from sticking to pan.
  7. Flip the tofu slices over and fry for another 3 to 4 minutes. The second side takes a shorter time  to cook.
  8. Once both sides have turned golden brown and crispy, add your seasoning of choice. Toss tofu slices gently to coat evenly.
  9. Dish them out. You can eat them as they are or enjoy them with a dipping sauce. If you're intending to add them to stir-fry, you can skip the seasoning part.

As you can see frying tofu is easy with the right kind of utensils. Contact us for more information about your kitchen needs.