These Are Our Fave Ways You Can Cook Tofu

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Tofu is a champion plant protein that’s perfect for adding to stir fries and soups. But did you know you can use it as a salad dressing, air fry it for a deliciously crunchy snack or blend it into a creamy batter for cheesecake? Here’s the lowdown on our favourite ways to cook tofu:

Indian tofu breakfast scramble

A delicious alternative to a traditional egg scramble, this hearty breakfast is simple and flavourful. Fry some finely sliced spring onions in a slick of oil with chilli flakes, turmeric, coarse pepper and chunks of ripe tomato before tossing in some tofu you’ve gently crumbled with a fork. Fry for two to three minutes and sprinkle over some black salt to mimic the fragrance of real eggs.

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Photo credit: Damir Kocic - Getty Images

Cheesy air fryer tofu cubes

Air fryer tofu is a moreish snack when prepared with the cheesy flavour of nutritional yeast. Use super firm tofu that’s naturally drier than other varieties to guarantee a full-on crunch when baked (if you have a medium-hard tofu that still has some give, wrap it in a paper towel, place a plate on top and weigh it down with a couple of tins to remove extra moisture). Cut the tofu into bite size cubes and coat with a mixture of soy, garlic powder and nutritional yeast before air frying until crispy. Eat as they are or serve with sweet chilli, garlicky-soy, peanut satay or good old ketchup.

Tempered garlic sesame tofu

Ever poured tempered spices over tofu, like you would with a tarka daal? Coat cubes of firm tofu in cornflour and deep fry until golden (opt for a harder tofu with less moisture to prevent spluttering in the pan). Then in separate bowl combine finely sliced spring onions and chopped garlic with oyster sauce, sugar, black vinegar, sesame seeds, chilli flakes and sugar or honey for a balance of sweet, sour, hot and savoury. Heat up a flavourless oil, pour it over your bowl so the ingredients sizzle on contact and give it a stir. Drizzle this flavour bomb of a temper over your tofu and serve with green veggies.

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Photo credit: Arx0nt - Getty Images

Deep fried tofu puffs in miso soup, laksa and brothy curries

If deep frying your own tofu sounds like a mission, buy ready-made tofu puffs from the refrigerator section at your Chinese grocer and toss into your favourite miso soup recipe, golden laksa or Thai red curry. With a golden fried exterior and a spongy middle, these puffs have a chewy and absorbent texture that works brilliantly with soaking up brothy dishes. Add them whole or cut in half to encourage them to absorb more broth as you eat.

Frozen tofu stir fry

Encourage tofu to absorb the flavours of your stir fry by cubing and freezing it first. Once defrosted, squeeze it to remove extra moisture and add to your favourite stir fry to add a boost of protein and instant textural substance.

Silken tofu vegan cheesecake

Substitute cream cheese for silken tofu to make a vegan cheesecake filling. Silken tofu has a texture that’s almost a cross between a custard and a jelly – it’s extremely soft, delicate and wobbly, making it perfect for adding to creamy desserts in place of ricotta and other soft cheeses.

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Green Goddess tofu salad dressing

Ditch the mayo and blend silken tofu with a spritz of lemon, seasonings, spring onions, garlic, nuts, a flavourless oil and baby spinach for a high-protein and vegan-friendly alternative to Green Goddess dressing. Pour over a finely sliced salad of cucumber, cos lettuce, chives and cashews and toss for a vibrantly fresh and filling salad.

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