This past weekend, I made tofu at home for the first time. I’ve been intimidated by it for a while, unsure whether or not I’d be able to make it in a way that was flavorful and had the right texture. But, I wanted to make a stir fry and the store was out of soy protein chicken substitutes, so I decided to go for it.
I grabbed a package of extra firm tofu from the grocery section at Target. I’ve read that it is key to properly drain all the moisture out of tofu prior to cooking; so a few hours before I was ready to make dinner, I extracted it from the package, sat it out on paper towels, blotted, then let it sit for about 30 minutes.
|Nasoya Extra Firm Tofu|
Next, I seasoned it with salt and pepper and placed in Tupperware with Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki to marinate. This Asian sauce is a teriyaki blend with sesame seeds that is great for seasoning just about any kind of fish, meat substitute or veggie. We love it and use it often.
|raw tofu seasoned with salt and pepper|
After it marinated for a couple of hours, I sliced the tofu and grilled it on the George Foreman until it had a nice little crunchy crust on each side. Then I chopped into smaller pieces for the stir fry.
|It almost looks like meat here, don't you think?|
Finally, I transferred it into a frying pan, mixed in steamed Asian style vegetables, and tossed it all with more of the Island Soyaki sauce. I served it over brown rice.
Overall, I think I did a good job with the tofu. T had asked me to “make it taste like chicken”, and while I’m not sure I succeeded there--it was tasty, and I’ve conquered my fear of working with it. In the future, I will probably seek out recipes where I can make it so that it is less soft in the middle; perhaps that can be overcome by some sort of crust.
Have you made tofu at home? How did you like it?