What can I make with one block of tofu?
Something easy, without a ton of ingredients. I have a leftover block of firm tofu after making a red curry (using tofu for the first time!). I would make the curry again, but I want something different. I would appreciate any suggestions! Thanks.
For sheer simplicity, cold tofu with a few garnishes, perfect for summer weather. We cube the tofu, chill it in a bowl with ice so it is ice cold when served. Mix freshly grated ginger with soy sauce, top with green onions and nori ( dried seaweed). You can also add dried katsuo (bonito) shavings as well. A refreshing way to eat tofu when the weather is hot.
There is so much you can do with tofu!
A few easy tofu dishes I enjoy. These recipes can easily be halved for one person.
Grilled Veggie & Tofu Stack With Balsamic & Mint
Grilled Tofu and Sauteed Asian Greens
Tofu and Broccoli in Garlic Sauce Recipe
Roasted Tofu With Mushrooms, Soy & Ginger on Baby Spinach
Southwestern Tofu Scramble
This makes an amazing sauce/dip for anything from raw or cooked veggies to potatoes and grains. It is amazingly addictive and will keep in your fridge for a while (although it never seems to last very long in mine!). Just try it. Trust me, you will not regret it.
Creamy Tofu Savoury Sauce:
You can also freeze tofu. Many even prefer tofu that has been frozen, saying that it improves the tofu's ability to absorb flavour as well as the texture, making it chewier and more meatlike (good for stirfries or crumbling). Be sure to drain it first.
I like to slice tofu into slices, a quarter inch to half inch thickness, and pan fry in oil to crisp up both sides. I transfer to a plate and add either a sesame chili flavored oil or chili garlic sauce on top and garnish julienne slivers of scallions and ginger. It reminds me of mock chicken breast,
If you do not like it spicy, hoisin or other barbecue sauce and soy sauce works well too. These recipes can be served hot, cold or room temperature. I like it as a simple snack or over rice as a meal, both equally as well.
Cube it and marinade it for 6-8 hours in dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, a tiny bit or olive oil, salt/pepper, garlic and onion pepper. After marinading line a cookie sheet and put the small cubes on sheet. Roast for about 35-40 minutes on on 400 degrees. Remove tofu and use left over marinade as a dressing for your tofu "salad." It's delicious and crispy and healthy!
Slice it into 1/4 in squares (like american cheese, but thicker)
Let it dry - press out the water into paper towels or a kicthen towel.
slice it into strips
Tofitas. Fajitas with tofu strips.
Hot pan with olive oil, brown the tofu first, add in the peppers, onions, mushrooms whatever. Add in some seasonings that you'd enjoy - I normally do garlic, cumin, ancho powder, and a tiny bit of salsa .
serve em up exactly like fajitas. guac, cheese, salsa, cilantro. (Whatever YOU like with fajitas)
Scrambled tofu. Drain and press the tofu and cut into cubes or crumble. Saute some vegetables (whatever you have in the fridge) in a hot pan, then add the tofu. Add salt, pepper, whatever spices go with your veggies, and cook til it's done. If you want something a little more sauce, add some diced canned tomatoes and serve over rice.
My DH loves fried tofu. Cut into 1" chunks and dry very well. Dust with flour and dip in a batter made from 1/2 cup flour, a few tablespoons water (consistency of pancake batter) a little salt and pepper. Or you can use a tempura batter. Fry in 1" of canola or vegetable oil until golden, turning once. Drain on paper towels. This makes a pretty good snack.