Good Question: How Can I Use Soft Tofu?

Good Question: How Can I Use Soft Tofu?

Faith Durand
Mar 18, 2009

Katherine loves soft tofu, but she needs more ways to cook with it. Can you help her?

I love soft, silken tofu — but pretty much every tofu recipe I can find calls for extra firm. Do you know of any great recipes for soft tofu?

Katherine, we love the custard-like texture of soft tofu, too.

If you eat meat, try it in the classic Sichuan dish Ma Po Tofu, a spicy homestyle meal of pork, fermented beans, and silken tofu. This is the dish that first taught me to love tofu, in fact.
Ma Po Tofu

Another spicy dish that calls for soft tofu is this Korean stew:
Cooking Korean: Soondubu jjigae

Many people also use silken or soft tofu in baking and in smoothies as a substitute for dairy. This chocolate pudding recipe can be adapted for soft tofu:
DIY Chocolate Pudding
• Also try this: Raspberry Chocolate Pie at Tofu for Two

And then, finally, there is the luscious dish pictured above (the same recipe, in two separate places)...
Aromatic Silken Tofu, with ginger and rice wine.
Tofu with mushrooms and ginger

Delicious! Those are just a few ideas, though. We're counting on the readers to offer many more suggestions! What are your favorite recipes with soft tofu?

Related: Try This! Baked Tofu

(Images: Marina Oliphant for The Age; Better Health Channel; Amazon)

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