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Simple pan-fried tofu recipe

Simple pan-fried tofu recipe



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  • Diet & lifestyle
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegetarian proteins
  • Tofu

Pan-fried slices of tofu are topped with sizzling spring onions and soy sauce in this simple vegan recipe needing only 4 ingredients.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 350g extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 25g chopped spring onions
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:5min ›Extra time:20min › Ready in:35min

  1. Place tofu onto a plate and place another plate on top. Set a 1.5kg to 2.5kg weight on top. Press tofu for 20 to 30 minutes; drain and discard the accumulated liquid.
  2. Cut tofu into strips or slices about 1/2cm thick.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large pan over medium-low heat. Cook tofu strips in the oil until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Stack tofu strips horizontally in a dish.
  4. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the same pan. Add spring onions; cook and stir until fragrant, 10 to 20 seconds. Spoon spring onions over tofu while they are still sizzling. Coat with soy sauce. Let sit until tofu soaks up flavours, 3 to 5 minutes.

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Pan-Fried Sesame Garlic Tofu

If you&rsquove claimed yourself not a tofu fan, you probably just haven&rsquot had tofu the right way.

I bet you if you had this pan-fried sesame garlic tofu, you would change your tune on tofu!

I have been loving tofu in my dishes lately.

It&rsquos a great source of protein and low in fat.

It&rsquos so tender too and it soaks up all the flavor of the dish.

It&rsquos a great blank slate and super versatile.

Think of it like the vegetarian&rsquos chicken, haha

I mean, kind of is. We add chicken to our dishes to flavor it up and have it soak up the flavors of the dish. Tofu is basically doing the same.


Easy Pan Fried Crispy Tofu

Tofu can be a pretty intimidating ingredient if you have no experience using it. This recipe, easy pan fried crispy tofu, is really more about learning a method to cook tofu than it is developing a recipe.

One of my goals with this blog is to help people learn how to cook more meatless meals. If you are experimenting with meatless eating, or a new vegetarian trying to learn some tricks of the trade, I have so much to share with you about cooking tofu!

Not everyone likes tofu. I love it, but even the right cooking method may not bring you to be a tofu lover like me. Tofu is bland, and has a spongy texture, which I understand is not for everyone.

This pan frying method gives it a nice crisp, chewy exterior, but doesn’t add more flavor. Toss this simple cooked tofu with something flavorful to add protein to any dish.


How to make our easy tofu and sauce recipe

Step 1: Prepare the sauce

Let’s make the dipping sauce mixture so the flavors have time to marinate together. Add minced garlic, soy sauce, sesame seed oil, crushed hot pepper, black pepper, sesame seeds, chopped green onions, and fish sauce to a small bowl. Mix the dipping sauce mixture well. Set aside for later.

Step 2: Prepare the tofu & get your pan ready

Cut tofu lengthwise and cut horizontal to make rectangular slices. Turn on the stove to medium-high heat and add oil to the pan.

Step 3: Pan-fry all of the tofu slices

Once the pan is hot, add one layer of sliced tofu to the pan.

Once the bottoms of the tofu turn golden-brown in color, flip it, and cook until the other side gets a golden-brown color.

Once the tofu slices are browned, set the slices aside on a plate. Repeat for tofu slices until they are all browned. Serve and enjoy!


How to Pan Fry Tofu

All you need to saute perfect and crispy tofu is a little oil + tofu. That&rsquos it! (although I almost always season mine in some way or end up adding a creamy sauce on top!).

Start out by pressing as much of the moisture out of the tofu as possible. Pat dry and cut the tofu into bite sized pieces.

Heat the oil in a large skillet and add in the tofu in a single layer. The trick for perfectly pan fried tofu is to not touch it for at least 5 minutes. The tofu will kind of stick to the bottom of the pan but eventually form a crust and pull away from the pan. At that point you can toss the toss and let it cook on all sides.

How long does it take to pan fry tofu?

Typically, it takes about 15-20 minutes to pan fry tofu so that it&rsquos got a nice crispy crust on all (or at least most) sides.

Is pan fried tofu healthy?

In moderation, tofu is a healthy addition to any diet. When frying it, you are adding extra oils (ie fats) to it. However, using my recipe, we&rsquore only using a small amount of oil (also a healthy part of any diet&hellipin moderation!).


Crispy Pan-Fried Tofu

Okay tofu skeptics, we have a recipe that may have you rethinking your tofu aversion.

This is one of my favorite ways to make tofu! Savory game on point thanks to soy sauce, nutritional yeast, & garlic. I’m a big fan of dusting the pressed tofu in corn starch, pan frying, and then adding sauces and spices.

Having quality non-stick pans will make frying the tofu SO MUCH easier.

  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 block 12oz extra firm tofu, drained and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup oil for frying
  • ½ teaspoon each turmeric thyme, ground cumin, and curry powder
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ jalapeño deseeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Once crispy, add the spices and stir until tofu is uniformly yellow.

Then add garlic, chili, tamari, and nutritional yeast. Sauté a little longer, until golden brown. Enjoy with your favorite grains and vegetables!


  • Cubed tofu: In a medium bowl, add cubed tofu.
  • Soy sauce: Drizzle evenly with 2 tbsp soy sauce on top. Helps to stir less.
  • Stir and let sit: Stir gently with silicone or wooden spoon. Metal spoon will do more damage to tofu’s delicate texture. Set aside.

Simple Pan Fried Tofu

I love tofu. However, if you asked me only five years ago, I would have exclaimed passionately that I did not like it. It’s a weird texture. It has a funny look. Every excuse to not like it would have been the argument.

Fast forward, I can’t imagine not eating tofu at least once a week. In particular, my basic pan fried tofu recipe. The best thing about this recipe is that it only requires three simple ingredients: Firm Tofu, Salt and Pepper. You can definitely add additional seasonings to this dish of course if desired. As a matter of fact, oregano and basil are my favorite spices to add. Both compliment the salt and pepper well and make the tofu feel less simple. However, the salt and pepper alone are definitely enough if you want to keep this recipe simple.

Tofu is one of my favorite foods because it is versatile, simple, cheap and delicious. It can be used to add protein and flavor to a simple sandwich, crumbled and fried in a pan as an egg substitute, or cut into tiny strips and added to noodle dish.

Additionally, tofu:

  • is an excellent source of minerals such as calcium, iron and manganese
  • provides hormonal support and estrogen for women
  • contains no cholesterol
  • contains isoflavones that benefits bone health, weight and cardiovascular health

When you make this recipe, make sure that the tofu that you buy is the extra firm variety. After all, we want to ensure that the tofu has a more chewy consistency. When it is pan fried, is a little crispy on the outside but moist and chewy in the inside. As a result, this variety is perfect to add to healthy soups, curries, or other dishes as a meat substitute. I love to add it to sandwiches, particularly my Vietnamese style Banh Mi sandwiches. It is a perfect addition to the Banh Mi and complements the other ingredients very well.

I will be posting a blog post soon on how to make my Banh mi sandwiches, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I hope this simple recipe is what you were looking for (and didn’t realize it).


  • Press a block of tofu to get out excess water.
  • Cut the tofu into long strips about 1/4 inch wide about the size and shape of a French fry, then pat the strips with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

Pan fry

  • Add enough oil to coat the bottom of a frying pan (A non-stick or cast iron frying pan works best.)
  • Turn the heat to medium-high and add the tofu strips and sprinkle them with salt.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes on each side before turning them with tongs.
  • Once they are cooked evenly on all sides move to a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
  • Preheat the oven to 400° F (204° C).
  • Place the tofu strips on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and drizzle them with 2 tablespoons of oil and sprinkle with a little salt.
  • Bake the tofu fries for 15 minutes, then take them out of the oven and flip them to the other side. Repeat this every 10 minutes until each side is golden brown.

Deep Fry

  • Set your deep fryer to 360° F (182° C).
  • Add 1/2 of the cut-up tofu to the basket at a time, so they have enough room to cook evenly.
  • Deep fry for about 3 minutes until they are golden brown. Then pour onto a paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle with salt.

Air Fry

  • Set the temperature to 400° F (204° C).
  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil over your tofu fries and sprinkle with a little salt and rub the tofu a little with your hands to get it coated in oil.
  • Place the tofu fries in the air fryer so that they are separate and air can get around each piece.
  • Cook for a total of 10 minutes (flipping the pieces after five minutes of cooking).

Simple Pan Fried Tofu - Simple sidedish recipe - Simple and healthy recipes with Tofu

I love Tofu. It is a must for at least one meal per day or Snack. I have posted different type of tofu before. You can check out those as well (hot and sweet lime Tofu, Basil Tofu, Sweet and hot Sesame Tofu). Best part of making these is very healthy and perfect for any cuisine. This recipe is no exception. This recipe was given to me by one of my friend. It is crispy outside and soft inside. To get best results you have to dry the Tofu before frying them in the pan.
Ingredients:

Tofu - 525 gram
Soya Sauce - 2.5 tablespoon
Dark brown sugar - 2.5 teaspoon
Ginger - 3 teaspoon
Gingerly oil - 1 tablespoon (2 teaspoon for sauce and 2 for frying tofu)

Make the sauce. Mix in 2 teaspoon of oil, soy sauce, ginger and sugar mix well. Keep it aside. Cut the Tofu into medium size square. Leave them on the paper towel so extra moisture is absorbed.