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Not a fan of tofu? We honestly weren’t huge fans either. Actually, before Chris and I went vegan, and even shortly after, we were convinced that we did not like tofu. In reality, the problem was that we simply didn’t know how to cook it. Once we learned how to properly prepare tofu, this all changed and now we LOVE tofu, and we hope this tutorial will do the same for you too.
Not only are we going to share with you our absolute FAVORITE way to prepare tofu, but also a few tips on how to perfectly prepare tofu so that you can nail it every time you use it in the kitchen. The marinade for this recipe was inspired by our oil-free Carrot Lox recipe on the blog. We fell in love with the smoky flavor and knew we had to experiment in using the marinade on other ingredients, and we hit the JACKPOT with this smoky tofu recipe!
Here are a few tips for you to consider when preparing tofu that we think will help you out:
Number 1: Determine Which Type You Need
Keep in mind that there are two types of tofu, and each of these types comes in various consistencies, so you should be sure to purchase the right kind for specific recipes/preparation techniques.
For this recipe, we are using regular extra firm tofu, and I would suggest you try to opt for super firm if it is available to you for the best results.
Number 2: Press & Marinate Tofu
It is often assumed that you need to simply remove the tofu from it’s packaging, dice it, throw it on a pan with some seasoning and voila… but that may result in bland/water tofu and is probably why a lot of people are not fans of it.
The key to delicious tofu? Pressing and marinating it first. Think of tofu as a big sponge. When you press your tofu, you remove all the water inside of it, allowing for it to soak up marinades more efficiently and pack in WAY MORE flavor.
How to press tofu? We filmed our easy fool proof method, a LIFE HACK that will help you enjoy perfect tofu. Check out the video below!
Number 3: Freeze Tofu
If you remove the tofu from its package and freeze it in a storage bag, then thaw when ready to use. This will give you an even denser, firmer and chewier texture, perfect for instances that you need super firm tofu that can be handled without breaking.
Another way to prepare this smoky tofu recipe is into slices rather than cubes, and you can serve them in sandwiches! Simply cut tofu in half width-wise, then cut each half into a total of 6-8 thin slices. Marinate it just as you would the cubes, then dry fry on a pan and voila, you have added an amazing flavor packed ingredient to take your school or work lunches to the next level!
Nutrition facts label provided by Nutri Fox.
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