Let's clear something up at the start, shall we? Tofu does not have to be bland
. There are many kinds to buy
and multiple ways to prepare it. But let's skip all that for a second: if you're looking for simplicity, then there's really only one cooking method you need to know to make tofu that's delicious, versatile, and perfect for weeknight meals. Learn this simple, no-fail way to cook tofu, you'll never be disappointed. That secret, according to Michael Natkin of Herbivoracious
, is pan-fried tofu
. Do it right and it'll make a crispy brown crust that's a delicious in a variety of dishes. Here's how to do it.
1. Buy good tofu.
2. Cut your tofu into slabs that are 3/8" thick.
3. Soak your tofu in hot, salted water for 15 minutes (optional).
4. Pat your tofu dry with a clean dish or paper towel.
5. Pan fry it in a big cast-iron skillet. Don't skip on the oil, don't overcrowd the pan, and cook on one side until it's deeply brown before flipping.
Read the Full Tutorial: How to Make Tofu Really Freaking Delicious at Herbivoracious
What's your favorite way to cook tofu?
Related: Ingredient Spotlight: Tofu
(Image: Michael Natkin for Herbivoracious)