Recipe by Aioli_Queen
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!
- 1 lb extra firm tofu (extra firm only)
- 1 1⁄2-3 tablespoons canola oil or 1 1⁄2-3 tablespoons peanut oil
- cayenne pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Take your block of tofu and wrap it in several layers of paper towels.
- Gently press the tofu with your hands or against the counter top to release the liquid. This will take about a minute.
- Slice the tofu into pieces about 1/2 an inch thick.
- Set tofu aside.
- If you are using a non-stick pan heat it slightly on medium-high heat (about 30 seconds) before adding oil.
- If 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.
- Add oil to heated pan.
- Gently spread oil over the entire surface of the pan.
- Set 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.
- Now, 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.
- The second side will only take about 4 minutes to cook.
- When they are evenly browned take them out of the pan and place them on paper towels to drain.
- These 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:-).