what else can i do with tofu?
- cookie monster Jul 14, 2006 11:10 PM
i love my red meat, but i also really like tofu. a lot. i'd eat it even if it weren't so good for me - it's a bonus that it's full of soy protein, low in saturated fat, and cheap to boot. lately i've been buying extra firm tofu or the tofu "steaks" flavored with garlic or chili. i stir fry it or eat it cold in salads, but now i'm looking for more ideas of savory ways to use tofu. i tried grilling it, but that was a bust - it got a little charred but didn't really pick up any flavor from the grilling. any other suggestions? do i need to marinate it first?
Place cubes of firm tofu in a bowl with water and ice. in a small plate mix soysauce with shaved dried bonito flakes (katsuo). Dip the tofu in the sauce and enjoy!
My mother used to make this delicious tofu preparation. She would buy extra firm tofu squares (the kind you find floating in big barrels in asian markets). Cut them diagonally into two triangles. Cut a slit into the long edge, make a stuffing mixture of ground pork, minced garlic, ginger and scallion, and pack it into the opening. Marinate stuffed tofu in whatever teriyaki sauce you like (she used Yoshida's). Remove from marinade, reserve. Heat some oil in a pan med-high, sear tofu on both sides until golden, pour in marinade, reduce heat to med, and let tofu simmer until meat it cooked through.
I'm trying to eat more tofu lately also and last weekend tried this recipe for Seared Tofu with Green Beans in Coconut Sauce...very good! I would make it again...you marinate the tofu in soy sauce and then sear it...my tip to you would be to buy extra firm tofu and drain it well with paper towels or with paper towels and a plate on top for about 20 minutes..THEN, marinate the cubes in the soy sauce. The green beans come out pretty crispy in this recipe, which I didn't mind since the tofu and red bell pepper are soft. Hope you like it!
I really like plain firm tofu, pan fried (thin layer of oil in the bottom of the pan over medium high heat)until it is lightly browned (4 minutes or so,flip). It goes great in stir fry or dipped into a peanut sauce.
A fairly good tofu cookbook is: This Can't Be Tofu! by Deborah Madison. My biggest complaint is that a lot of the recipes are too complicated for everyday use.