What’s the Best Way to Make Crispy Tofu?

updated May 2, 2019
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Q: I love tofu, and tofu stir-fry is one of my go-to, no-brainer recipes. I have one problem: it seems like no matter what I do, when I’m browning my tofu, it always sticks to the pan, and the lovely crispy crust always breaks off from the tofu cubes.

I want my pile of veg to be studded with golden-brown cubes, and instead it’s pocked with white blobs and scrapings. It still tastes good, but is not so pretty. I’ve tried every kind of pan (stainless, cast-iron, non-stick), and it’s always the same. How can I make lovely golden tofu cubes?

Sent by Claudia

Editor: Tofu may stick to the pan because the pan isn’t hot enough or the tofu has too much moisture in it. Here are two ways, one stovetop and one oven, that tells you the best way to get the moisture out so you end up with crispy tofu:

Readers, do you have any tips on the best way to make crispy tofu?