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Hi Every one!

I am new to the TOFU thing (4mos VEG) I need to get some protein in that is low in sodium and sugar. Tofu seems the way to go but I don't really know how to cook it. I bought some Firm TOFU and drained the water out of it and then used a weight and cloth to drain more water out of it for about 30mins. Then I tried DRY pan frying but the tofu started sticking to it so I added a lil? water. Let?s just say after my experiment with Trying to cook it, I tasted it and it was not good. I used a non stick pan. I Heard of Dry pan frying till it turn a golden brown color and then u marinade. it and cook it after...Can you tell me your methods for cooking tofu or if you have tried the dry pan fry and what?s the secret????Any info will help!!!

Thanks

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I didn't even know you could cook that crap.

I like it in soup or in stirfry.
Original Post by pvstks:

I didn't even know you could cook that crap.

 Obviously you've never had it, then.

queenbee805, do everything you did by draining and pressing the tofu, then cut it into cubes or stripes, whatever you prefer... marinate it or sprinkle with your favorite spices, and then bake on a cookie sheet until the edges are browned. I love BBQ sauce baked tofu. I use Annie's Naturals Organic BBQ sauce, minced garlic, and minced onion.... marinate in this mixture for an hourish in the fridge before baking and eat with a baked sweet potato and steamed veggies. Mmmmmm.

Tonight, I'm going to press out the water out of my tofu with paper towels, and make an omlette with the Tofu, tomato, mushroom, and a few grams of mature cheddar cheese.   I'll stir fry the tofu with the veg before adding the egg using a tsp of olive oil.  

 

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I've made Shake'n'Bake tofu before, it was pretty good.  I can't wait to try it in a stirfry, but first I need my own fridge (more room for storing food) and a frying pan.  I should be getting both of those things within a month though, and I'm really excited!  I've also heard that tofu is good scrambled, though again, I can't vouch for this as I have no frying pan at the moment.  What I was told was to always have something else with the tofu for flavor, since it doesn't taste like anything on its own.   My mom also used to put it in cookies when I was little.  This made them nice and moist, healthier, and as an added bonus all I had to do was tell other kids that there was TOFU in my cookies and I was able to have them all to myself :-)

Trid

Tofu is great scrambled! Cube tofu very small (or crumble it), lightly spray on cooking spray (olive oil spray etc.), add tofu, onion, green and red pepper, garlic, broccoli, etc... when tofu is browned add a tsp of mustard and quickly mix... cook for about 2 more minutes. You can also do this with salsa, but I like it better with mustard, gives it better flavor.

disease_of_ease: That sounds good I try baking it this time..At what temp though?? Thats so funny you say BBQ sauce..I had no marinate and had bbq and said hey what the heck, ill put this on it. But still it was a no go. :(

aoifek: Omlette thing sounds good!! I will try that

tridymite: Shanke and Bake!!!!That is awsome!!Does it taste like chicken??? Maybe I can disguise it has Chicken bits or something when I cook for my BF. (not a vegitarian but trying to convert)  COOKIES???wow thats awsome. I would like to try that. Do you have the recipe???? PS I ate it by itself, maybe thats why it did not taste so good???hmmm
I love tofu and how versatile it is. Though, not so diet-friendly, my favorite use for it is making vegan cheesecakes :) Along with Tofutti cream cheese. I love to bake, so it's fun coming up with new recipes to use it in.

I agree with Sarah, barbeque baked tofu is awesome! You can also try a chipotle marinade, or a spice rub and use it in fajitas with sauteed veggies and salsa. It also works well with asian style stir fries...Marinate the drained tofu with ginger, garlic, some lime juice and soy sauce and stir fry (or bake ahead of time) with your favorite vegetables over rice, it's delicious. If you freeze the tofu after draining and then cook, it will have a completely different, more chewy texture that some people prefer.

Good luck!
Original Post by disease_of_ease:

queenbee805, do everything you did by draining and pressing the tofu, then cut it into cubes or stripes, whatever you prefer... marinate it or sprinkle with your favorite spices, and then bake on a cookie sheet until the edges are browned. I love BBQ sauce baked tofu. I use Annie's Naturals Organic BBQ sauce, minced garlic, and minced onion.... marinate in this mixture for an hourish in the fridge before baking and eat with a baked sweet potato and steamed veggies. Mmmmmm.

 You took the words right out of my mouth!  LOL..BBQ sauce baked into tofu is my absolute favorite!   Followed closely by salsa tofu!  Drain the tofu, dice it up and pour some of your favorite salsa on it...I sometimes marinate it over night like this...the next day I put it in a big baking dish and bake it at 350 to 375 for 45 minutes to an hour...I stir it after about 20 mins  and then a few more times before its done....

So good in a whole wheat tortilla or over brown rice and black beans....use your imagination and your favorite flavors and you'll be fine...  

I freeze it, thaw it, press it and stir-fry it with sesame oil + soy sauce most nights, but other times I'm more creative.

If you're new to tofu:

Extra-firm is better for stir-fries and baking in the oven.

Medium is good for soups and casseroles.

Silken can be used in soup, baking, and I like it in fruit smoothies.

I prefer my tofu baked - the texture is much more firm, and it doesn't crumble like it tends to do when I stir fry it.

I like to marinade it first (soy sauce, barbeque sauce sweet and sour..whatever) for at least an hour or so.

A quick way to bake it: set oven (I use my toaster oven) to 425 degrees (F).

Cube tofu. Line/spray a cookie sheet. Lay out tofu onto the sheet..you can sprinkle on seasonings there.

Bake tofu for 20 minutes. 

Flip over.

Cook another 15-20 minutes, until desired firmness is achieved. After that, you can toss the tofu into a stir fry, onto a salad..whatever. It's really flavorful, and the texture is the best I've had.

 

 

Wow this all sounds good! Aima I have to write all this down and try these ideas from Everybody! But does Anyone know of a Marinaed that I can Use or MAKE from scratch? I am on this 6wk diet program that Restricts Sodium and Sugar to the max!!! You would be surpise how many things you would never think of that have alot of sodium and Sugar.
Original Post by disease_of_ease:

I love BBQ sauce baked tofu. I use Annie's Naturals Organic BBQ sauce, minced garlic, and minced onion.... marinate in this mixture for an hourish in the fridge before baking and eat with a baked sweet potato and steamed veggies. Mmmmmm.

We're tofu buddies. Right now I have tofu draining in the fridge and Annie's BBQ sauce waiting to go on it :) A baked sweet potato sounds good; I need to run to the market.

Another good way to use tofu is as a tofu ricotta for lasagna.

Original Post by bee_roach:

We're tofu buddies.

 I think we need a secret handshake or something!

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Original Post by bee_roach:

We're tofu buddies.

 I think we need a secret handshake or something!

I'll tattoo "TO" on my hand and you can tattoo "FU" on yours, so when we shake hands we'll make TOFU.  The "FU" might not work depending on your choice of occupation though... ;) I'm a computer science major; I might have more leeway.

AHH HAHAHA! I think I have to hold off on any "FU" tattoos until I'm done with school, too. We could do "BBQ TOFU!" on our knuckles, though.

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In answer to the question about whether tofu shaknbake tasted like chicken...I don't know, it's been a long time since I've eaten chicken.  It was good though, I put it on a sandwich with a little bit of lemon juice.

Like dharma_ bum says, stir fry it with a little sesame oil and tamari.

Use firm or extra firm tofu and fry for about 5 minutes on medium heat until it starts to turn brown. 

Then add the veggies and a little more tamari and fry until the veggies are heated thoroughly.  Serve over whole grain rice for a mighty tasty and very healthy meal!
Original Post by disease_of_ease:

AHH HAHAHA! I think I have to hold off on any "FU" tattoos until I'm done with school, too. We could do "BBQ TOFU!" on our knuckles, though.

Hell yes.

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