The Best Pan-Fried Tofu

Recipe by Aioli_Queen
READY IN: 16mins




  • 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:-).