Preparing Firm – Extra Firm Tofu
This is how I usually prepare tofu whether I am making eggless salad, putting it in a stir fry or baking for a snack.
First freeze it.
Once frozen solid, take it out of the package and run under hot water to rinse off any ice. Place on top of paper towel, between 2 heavy plates and let thaw. This should get rid of a lot of water, but I also squeeze it between the plates once it is thawed to drain as much moisture out as possible. Once that is done, I cut it in thirds and place in a seal-able bag, add seasonings and marinate for about a day. I really love the Presidents Choice (PC) Memories sauces for marinating tofu, Memories of Bangkok or the black bean one are very good, I still add some fresh ginger and garlic but otherwise it’s a quicker way and you can use them in stir fries later or as a dipping sauce if you bake the tofu.Here are the marinades I use most often.
- 2 cloves of garlic grated
- 1 inch piece of ginger grated
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- fresh ground pepper and chili flakes to taste
- a little bit of lime peel grated is good if you are using fresh limes
Once the tofu has sat for a few hours, to a day you can crumble it to make a vegan eggless salad. Just crumble tofu, add in chopped spring onion, tomato, red pepper or pickle depending on what veggies you like in it. Mix with veganaise (if you can get the garlic one it’s my favorite, but the health food stores usually carry a variety of flavors) add salt and pepper to taste. Pop some lettuce leaves, sprouts or spinach into a whole wheat pita and fill with salad mix.
Make Tofu Scramble by crumbling into a heated fry pan and cooking for about 10 minutes over medium heat. In a separate pan cook your choice of onions, garlic, mushrooms, peppers,cherry tomatoes or spinach and season with salt and pepper. When tofu has browned and dried out a bit mix veggies and tofu together, Cooking it in separate pans stops the tofu from absorbing all the juices form the veggies and getting soft.
Slice tofu and make a stir fry with veggies serve over rice or rice noodles. Or slice it into 1/4″ slices, and bake it.
Preheat over to 375F. Slice marinated tofu and place on a well greased or sprayed pan. Do not use your good pans for this as the tofu tends to stick. Brush with any extra marinade and back for about 10 minutes on each side turning once. Sometimes it take longer if the tofu is wetter, but it should brown and dehydrate a little. Let cool before eating. I usually refrigerate this and eat it cold as a snack, although it’s good to make a sandwich with or add to stir fried veggies.