How to Make Crispy Tofu (Baked!)
As soon as you announce to friends and family that you are now adopting a vegan or vegetarian diet, suddenly everyone is worried about your health and especially your protein intake. Where do you get your protein? Are you getting enough protein? Are you sure that’s a healthy decision?
Well to calm the nerves of your beloved worriers, tofu is a great source of plant based protein!
If you’re new to meat-less eating, tofu might still seem like that strange science experiment in the fridge. But trust me, it’s so EASY to cook and make in a tasty way.
Tofu is soy based and is pretty much a big sponge. It doesn’t really have any flavor so you can make it whatever flavor you want! That’s the beauty of this underrated food; it’s INCREDIBLY versatile.
The secret to getting extra crispy, super yummy tofu is to extract as much water from it as possible. Imagine that you were cleaning with a sponge. Something spilled and you need to wipe it up. First you would need to wring out the sponge so that it is able to soak up the mess.
This is similar to tofu. First you need to extract the water it has already soaked up so that it can soak up other delicious flavors.
I have lined out the easiest way I know to do this. First start by cutting your tofu into cubes. Be sure that you are using firm or preferably extra firm tofu.
Then line a plate with a towel. I like to add a few coffee filters next so that the tofu does not stick to the towel. Lay on that tofu and then top with more coffee filters and towel. To help press the water out, there needs to be some kind of weight on top of the tofu. I used some heavy books because that’s what I have on hand, but you could also use a few cans or anything else heavy laying around.
Also be sure to add another plate or cutting board before your weight so that the weight is evenly distributed and you don’t wind up with extra smashed instead of extra crispy. Leave the tofu like this for about 30 minutes to be sure that as much water as possible is extracted.
Then comes flavoring!!
I like to keep it simple by adding 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce . Very carefully stir your tofu with this mixture. Then add about one tablespoon of cornstarch which really helps with the crisping and toss until evenly coated.
Your tofu cubes are now ready for baking!
Spread the tofu on a lined baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes, turning halfway through. Parchment paper or wax paper is best to use but foil will work as well.
Post a tasty photo of your creation on social medias once you’ve finished creating your tofu masterpiece, so that your loved ones are no longer worried about how much protein your are eating!
How to Make Extra Crispy Tofu (Baked!)
- 1 block firm or extra firm tofu
- 1/2 tbs soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbs cornstarch
- Cut tofu into cubes.
- In a mixing bowl, toss tofu cubes with soy sauce and worcestershire sauce.
- Add cornstarch and mix until all cubes are well coated
- Spread tofu onto a lined baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes, flipping after 15 minutes.