I wanna be a tofu queen
May 27, 2008 2:14 PM   Subscribe

What are your favorite tofu recipes?
posted by barrakuda to Food & Drink (33 answers total) 101 users marked this as a favorite
 
Breaded, fried, and dipped in Tonkatsu sauce.
posted by tybeet at 2:34 PM on May 27, 2008


Using a blender, combine smooth tofu, dark chocolate chips and (frozen or fresh) berries. Pour into glasses or mugs. Leave in the fridge for a couple hours, and enjoy a tasty and rich dessert! I think I'm going to make some right now!
posted by ddaavviidd at 2:34 PM on May 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


This is one is tasty [self link].
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:40 PM on May 27, 2008


Cumin Spiked Tofu
posted by kcm at 2:45 PM on May 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Enter the Tofu Scramble.
posted by plexi at 2:46 PM on May 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


For Chinese, I like home-style tofu ("jiachang doufu") - there's a recipe here, and three Chinese tofu recipes here.

Korean: I like the tofu soups with doenjang(fermented bean paste). Here's a recipe I found.
posted by pravit at 2:46 PM on May 27, 2008


I make this baked tofu all the time to have on hand when I want a snack that's not starchy:

Freeze, then thaw, two pound-sized cakes of extra-firm tofu (the freeze-and-thaw makes the texture a bit chewier). Cut the tofu into strips, about half to 3/4 of an inch wide. Place it in a single layer, in a big casserole-type dish.

Cover with a marinade made of the following mixed items:

5 Tbsp soy sauce
5 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 Tbsp peanut butter
3 cloves of garlic, minced
some cayenne or chili powder or whatever you like to make it spicy

Bake the whole thing for about an hour at 350, turning the tofu over halfway through. It keeps in the fridge for a while, so I'll usually make a bunch at once.
posted by Greg Nog at 2:51 PM on May 27, 2008 [8 favorites]


(oh, and squeeze out the tofu after it's thawed; you want it to be as dry as possible)
posted by Greg Nog at 2:53 PM on May 27, 2008


Raw tofu + Thousand year egg + Green onion + Soy + Sesame oil = bliss
posted by wongcorgi at 2:54 PM on May 27, 2008


Also, have you tried fermented bean curd/tofu? It's kind of an acquired taste, but I really like eating it in rice porridge. You can use it to give other dishes a bit of a kick, too.
posted by pravit at 2:55 PM on May 27, 2008


In an Udon noodle soup!

Drain and press firm tofu. Cut into thick strips. Brush with dark soy sauce and sesame oil and bake until quite firm and even a little crispy (30 min or so but keep an eye on it - ovens vary). Chop into bite size pieces. Add to your basic Udon noodle soup as its cooling before eating and you have a tasty and textual bonanza to the noodles and vegetables. If you use veggie stock instead of beef or chicken it's vegan to boot.
posted by elendil71 at 2:56 PM on May 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


That would be "textural" Grrrr.
posted by elendil71 at 2:58 PM on May 27, 2008


This sounds like heresy, I know, but soft tofu fried in bacon grease is fantastic. Crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside, and the smoky flavor really permeates the tofu.
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:59 PM on May 27, 2008


In the summer, I like a really simple cold salad: Slice a little firm tofu and top with a thin stream of soy sauce, a few drops of rice wine vinegar or lemon, slivered scallions, and some Korean red chili powder. Very fresh tofu and delicate soy sauce or tamari make a big difference here. OMG, bliss.
posted by peachfuzz at 3:03 PM on May 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Vietnamese Tofu with Lemongrass. On steamed rice. Yum. Use Greg Nog's tip: freeze, then thaw, extra firm tofu.
posted by dog food sugar at 3:03 PM on May 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


Tofu Chili

1 pound extra firm tofu, crumbled
1 onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 zucchini, diced
2 carrots, diced
soy sauce
about two pounds of fresh plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped, or a can or package of diced roma tomatoes
tomato paste
a cup each of canned cannelini beans, fava beans and chick peas, drained
vegetable stock*
some really nice, fresh, aromatic chili powder
toasted ground cumin - just throw a tablespoon or two in a skillet and let it toast for about 30 seconds
toasted ground coriander - same as above
three or four cloves of garlic, chopped
one diced chipotle chili, if you like it hot
chopped cilantro, about a quarter cup
chopped parsley, two tablespoons or so
salt
black pepper

*Cover a halved onion with the skin on but ends removed, a couple of peeled carrot broken in half, and two clean stalks of celery with their leaves, and a few mushrooms with the gills removed, with four cups of water. Simmer for an hour or more. Discard vegetables. Voila, easy veggie stock. Removing the mushroom gills keeps your stock from turning brown.

Okay. With a mortar and a pestle, if you have one, smash up your garlic, a tablespoon of tomato paste, a tablespoon of chili powder, a tablespoon of toasted ground cumin and a teaspoon of toasted ground coriander until you've made a chunky paste. Add a quarter teaspoon of salt and a few twists of pepper and set aside. If you don't have a mortar and pestle, skip this step. All will work out fine.

First, heat a 5 or 7 quart dutch oven over medium flame. Add about two tablespoons of olive oil. Let your oil get nice and hot, but not smoking. Add your onion, pepper, carrot and zucchini. Saute until translucent, about a minute. Add a splash of soy sauce (about a teaspoon) and allow to brown for about thirty seconds. To this, add your paste of garlic, spices and tomato and stir. If you don't have a paste, using the same measurements listed above, throw in your garlic, your tomato paste and spices. Stir and allow mixture to brown for about a minute. Adding the garlic at this stage keeps it from burning.

Lower your heat to low. Add your crumbled tofu and stir to coat with your spice mixture. Add a cup of veggie stock. Stir and let simmer for about five minutes. Add your beans, fresh or chopped tomatoes, cilantro and parsley, and another cup of stock. Add about a teaspoon of salt and several twists of black pepper. Allow to simmer, covered, for about half an hour. After a half hour, taste. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and additional cumin and chili powder to taste - I usually add about a teaspoon or two more of each spice, as flavors tend to mellow a bit after cooking. Now, if you want it spicy, add your chopped chipotle chili, starting with about a quarter of the chili and working your way up, and allow to simmer for about ten minutes more. Careful with these things, they'll sneak up on you.

Serve topped with Greek yogurt, additional cilantro, some chopped green onions and monterey jack cheese. Green salad and corn bread make pretty awesome accompaniments.
posted by TryTheTilapia at 3:06 PM on May 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Homemade chicken soup with tofu instead of rice or noodles. Make your own chicken stock first. Add sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, ginger, scallions.
posted by andreap at 3:42 PM on May 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


I love silken tofu with pickled ginger, green onion, soy and sesame oil as a summer salad.

When I cook with firmer tofu, I frequently drain it, by slicing it and layering it between towels with a weight on it. I do this before I fry it or roast it.

I also really like tofu cooked with eggs, and put in a Chinese bun. The more I eat it, the more I love the stuff, and I'm not even a vegetarian.
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 4:09 PM on May 27, 2008


This. It never fails to impress.

We also sometimes add peanut butter or banana or espresso.
posted by jclovebrew at 4:13 PM on May 27, 2008


From Ms. Vegetable -

tofubq - grilled tofu + bbq sauce + cheese + bun

glazed honey tofu with pumpkin seed coucous - see vegetarian times magazine
posted by a robot made out of meat at 4:47 PM on May 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


For silken tofu:
1. Mapo tofu

2. Soon dubu chigae

3. If you've got really good fresh tofu, just cut it in big cubes and top with thinly sliced scallion and a drop of soy sauce. A little kimchi wouldn't hurt either

For firm tofu:
1. Freeze it, then thaw it. This will make it very chewy and spongy. This is fantastic with any kind of heavy brown sauce, which the tofu will readily soak up (e.g. an oyster sauce-based gravy with peas). You can also slice the freeze-thawed tofu into thin pieces and fry it up with vegetables and/or noodles. This is one of my favorite non-meat textures to provide chewiness.

2. Microwave it for a few minutes between towels to get out some of the moisture, then dust it with corn starch, salt and MSG. Fry it until crispy and eat it with sriracha or some other heavy, sweetish hot sauce.
posted by rxrfrx at 4:48 PM on May 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Heidi Swanson has come up with a ton of fantastic and simple tofu recipes. Her Caramelized Tofu is a totally delicious blend of sweet and savory (and my current could-eat-this-for-days favorite.)
posted by JohnFredra at 4:52 PM on May 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Coconut Crusted Tofu with Mango Macadamia Nut Salsa. If you're short on time, you can skip the crust - the marinade is awesome, and the pairing with the salsa is fantastic.

One tip I find very helpful with tofu, especially if you're not used to it or you're cooking for people who don't usually eat it: if you buy it in those packs in the produce section where the tofu is floating in that watery liquid, when you get the tofu home, cut it up into the size you'll need it (or chunks if you'll be mashing/blending it), rinse it in a bowl until the water runs clean and then store it in water in a resealable container in the fridge, changing the water every day or so when it gets cloudy (or every few hours if you're using it soon). It gets rid of the plastic-y taste that most people find objectionable about tofu and will make your tofu recipes turn out much better!
posted by AV at 5:08 PM on May 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Fast, easy, healthy fried tofu

Extra firm tofu (full or half block)
1 egg per half block
Flavour: soy sauce, pepper, sesame oil or chili oil or chili flakes
Optional dip: soy sauce, rice vinegar
Optional: green onion for final pancake

1. Slice the extra-firm tofu into pieces the size of large dominoes.

2. Dip each piece into a bowl of egg beaten with a little soy, pepper, maybe some sesame or chili oil.

3. Dip each eggy piece into a small bowl of bread crumbs (regular crumbs or panko).

4. Put each piece into a lightly oiled non-stick pan, flip when browned, finish browning on the second side.

You'll have some egg and crumbs left over. Mix them together and make a fluffy little pancake to fry in the pan after the tofu is done. This is especially nice if you put sliced green onion into your "pancake" batter.
posted by maudlin at 5:13 PM on May 27, 2008 [3 favorites]


(D'oh! I didn't put bread crumbs in the ingredient list, but you'll figure it out.)
posted by maudlin at 5:14 PM on May 27, 2008


i can't help you with a specific recipe, but i went to a vegan potluck a few years ago and a girl i didn't know brought tofu fried "chicken." it was the best freaking fried "chicken" EVER. but she wouldn't spill the beans about the recipe. she just said she'd used penzey's spices. alas!
posted by ifjuly at 6:33 PM on May 27, 2008


Drain and cube some firm tofu and marinate it with some orange juice, soy sauce, and chili sauce. Dip the cubes in fish 'n chips batter, then deep fry in whatever oil you have laying around; corn is probably best but I usually use a canola/olive blend.

We call 'em "Tasteicles" or "Rocky Mountain Soysters."
posted by jtron at 8:28 PM on May 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


I love the Marinated Asian Tofu from Veganomicon (which is a great cookbook if you're not vegan or really, even if you're not vegetarian). I've only baked it, but it makes a good main dish for a meal or a snack. I actually should make some more of it.

I also like to drain a block of extra firm tofu, cut into cubes and mix it with roughly chopped tomatoes (or halved grape tomatoes) and roughly chopped mushrooms with minced garlic. Toss with olive oil and whatever Italian herb blend you have on hand. I usually eat it with bread or crackers, but it's fine on its own. That's maybe not so much a "recipe" but makes for a good, quick meal.
posted by darksong at 8:57 PM on May 27, 2008


For firm tofu, slice it into slabs that are, say, 1 cm thick. Put the slices on a small plate.

Fry up some kimchi, using sesame oil. Put it on another small plate. Take wodge of fried kimchi, put on a slice tofu, eat (kinda like cheese on a cracker). Easy and very yum. Good kimchi turns magically delicious when fried, and even if you don't like it 'raw', you might love it this way.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:55 PM on May 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


Does tofutti count?

mincus' cheesecake

or maybe a nice vegan lasagna with tofu "ricotta" cheese (with a few pinches of yeast flakes mixed in) soooo good.
posted by mincus at 12:50 PM on May 28, 2008


Cashew ricotta from Veganomicon (I have no idea how it compares to regular ricotta, but I love this for lasagna and pizza).
posted by davar at 2:49 PM on May 28, 2008


I make this all the time for dinner:

Easy tofu stirfry
1. Mince and saute garlic
3. Add ground beef/chicken/pork to wok
5. Slice up your box of tofu (it's easiest for me if I leave the tofu in the box and use grid-like cuts)
6. When meat is cooked, toss the tofu into the wok, using the sharp end of your turner to slice it into cubes
7. Add some frozen veg (optional)
8. Add oyster sauce to taste
9. Stir and let cook for a couple of minutes, serve with white rice

Always turns out delicious and flavourful!
posted by Xianny at 3:53 PM on February 21, 2009


whoops... looks like I forgot to change the numbers around there.
posted by Xianny at 3:53 PM on February 21, 2009


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