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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!
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- 1Take your block of tofu and wrap it in several layers of paper towels.
- 2Gently press the tofu with your hands or against the counter top to release the liquid. This will take about a minute.
- 3Slice the tofu into pieces about 1/2 an inch thick.
- 4Set tofu aside.
- 5If you are using a non-stick pan heat it slightly on medium-high heat (about 30 seconds) before adding oil.
- 6If 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.
- 7Add oil to heated pan.
- 8Gently spread oil over the entire surface of the pan.
- 9Set 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.
- 10Now, 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.
- 11The second side will only take about 4 minutes to cook.
- 12When they are evenly browned take them out of the pan and place them on paper towels to drain.
- 13These 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:-).
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Nutritional Facts for The Best Pan-Fried Tofu
Serving Size: 1 (119 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 251.7
- Calories from Fat 179
- Total Fat 19.9 g
- Saturated Fat 2.7 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 27.2 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 3.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
- Sugars 1.3 g
- Protein 18.5 g