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THE BEST PAN-FRIED TOFU RECIPE - FOOD.COM



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I have had MANY people ask me how I pan fry my tofu and get it so crispy and firm. There are a few reasons why:-). First I either use a non-stick or cast iron pan, I don't overcrowd the surface, I drain my tofu REALLY well, use only extra firm Chinese style and MOST important of all, I leave it undisturbed while cooking and this allows the golden crust we all love on pan-fried tofu to develop! Please find detailed instructions below on how to make the best pan-fried tofu ever!

Total Time 16 minutes

Prep Time 4 minutes

Cook Time 12 minutes

Yield 2-4 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 4

1 lb extra firm tofu (extra firm only)
1 1/2-3 tablespoons canola oil or 1 1/2-3 tablespoons peanut oil
salt
cayenne pepper

Steps:

  • Take your block of tofu and wrap it in several layers of paper towels.
  • Gently press the tofu with your hands or against the counter top to release the liquid. This will take about a minute.
  • Slice the tofu into pieces about 1/2 an inch thick.
  • Set tofu aside.
  • If you are using a non-stick pan heat it slightly on medium-high heat (about 30 seconds) before adding oil.
  • If you are using a cast iron pan, please heat for about 1 minute to 1 1/2 minutes on medium-high heat. Cast iron is very thick and you want the pan to be heated evenly before adding the tofu.
  • Add oil to heated pan.
  • Gently spread oil over the entire surface of the pan.
  • Set the tofu pieces in the pan, leaving ample room between them. They should sizzle when placed in the oil. Sprinkle the tops with salt and a little cayenne pepper.
  • Now, the MOST IMPORTANT step is -- LEAVE THEM ALONE for about 6 or 7 minutes. Just gently shake them to make sure they don't stick to the pan. Do NOT turn them or agitate them in any other way. When you see a golden crust beginning to creep its way up the sides of the slices, turn them and spice the other side. Add more oil if the pan seems too dry.
  • The second side will only take about 4 minutes to cook.
  • When they are evenly browned take them out of the pan and place them on paper towels to drain.
  • These are very simply seasoned and basic and can now be used any way you like. I like these with steamed broccoli and peanut sauce -- or in a sandwich with grilled peppers and mushrooms and aioli -- or just eaten with ketchup:-).

Nutrition Facts : Calories 251.7, FatContent 20, SaturatedFatContent 2.7, CholesterolContent 0, SodiumContent 27.2, CarbohydrateContent 3.8, FiberContent 2, SugarContent 1.4, ProteinContent 18.6

AIR FRYER TOFU RECIPE | ALLRECIPES



Air Fryer Tofu Recipe | Allrecipes image

These crispy tofu bites are great as a snack, a topping for a salad, or added to a stir-fry. You may have to cook these in two batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.

Provided by Bren

Categories     Everyday Cooking    Vegetarian    Protein    Tofu

Total Time 1 hours 10 minutes

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Yield 4 servings

Number Of Ingredients 5

8 ounces firm tofu
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce (such as Bragg®)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
½ teaspoon sesame oil

Steps:

  • Place tofu onto a plate lined with several paper towels. Cover with more paper towels and another plate. Set a 3- to 5-pound weight on top and press tofu for 30 minutes; drain and discard any accumulated liquid and cut tofu into 1/2-inch cubes.
  • Combine soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, and sesame oil in a small bowl; mix well. Add tofu cubes and marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Preheat an air fryer to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  • Place tofu in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 5 minutes without shaking the fryer. Continue air frying, shaking occasionally, until browned, about 10 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 121.5 calories, CarbohydrateContent 3.2 g, FatContent 8.9 g, FiberContent 1.4 g, ProteinContent 9.2 g, SaturatedFatContent 1.3 g, SodiumContent 141 mg, SugarContent 0.1 g

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