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Show me whatcha got: Best tofu recipe!

Asked by SamIAm (8626 points ) February 26th, 2012

Just looking for something other than a “soy sauce, ginger, garlic, scallions, something sweet, etc…” marinade.

Please share your favorite ways to make and eat tofu!

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WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Mix the tofu in a bowl with an egg, garlic salt, bread crumbs, onion salt, parsley, mustard and Montreal Seasoning. Shape it into patties and either fry it or grill it. Tofu burger!

rooeytoo's avatar

I buy the tofu steaks, they are already marinated in soy and honey, actually they come in a variety of different marinades. I just fry them with veg and that’s that! It has taken a while for me to come to like it, but I really sort of crave it now.

@WillWorkForChocolate – that sounds good, I will try that, although I have never heard of Montreal seasoning??? I do something similar with mashed up chickpeas and that is good too.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@rooeytoo Montreal Seasoning is put out by “Grill Mates” on the seasoning/spice aisle. It’s delicious on steaks and burgers.

Kardamom's avatar

These Q’s always hit when I’m running out the door. Will check in later with a recipe : )

dabbler's avatar

Looking forward to @Kardamom‘s recipe !

Cut firm or extraFirm tofu brick into ¾” slices. Marinate in Bragg’s amino acids.
Grill on George Foreman Grill three or four cycles (light goes out and comes back on).

Hain_roo's avatar

I’m currently enjoying dry fried tofu for a snack. This lemon tahini marinade is pretty good!

•½ cup water
•¼ cup tahini (sesame paste) – best roasted in a jar, rather than raw in a can
•2 Tablespoons low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
•1 ½ T brown rice syrup
•1” piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
•3 cloves garlic, minced
•1 small fresh or dried cayenne or other hot pepper, minced
•juice of 1 lemon
•1 T sesame seeds

SamIAm's avatar

@Hain_roo this is exactly what I was looking for – I think! YES! Going to try tonight. THANK YOU!

hug_of_war's avatar

I dislike most japanese and chinese cooking, so I tend to use tofu as a meat replacement in enchiladas, tacos, burritos, and lasagnas (frozen and thawed then crumbled, seasoned with taco seasoning or whatever).

Hain_roo's avatar

@SamIAm Great! I really like the chewy texture.

Kardamom's avatar

Anybody who has every read any of my “favorite recipes” posts will recognize this recipe for Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing. I prefer broccoli, so I swap that for the asparagus. I used Trader Joe’s Organic Baked Marinated Tofu. It has a really nice flavor and texture. If the soba noodles flavor (buckwheat noodles) is a little too earthy for you, you can swap them out for the more subtle somen noodles, which is more like spaghetti. This is one of my all time favorite pot luck go-to dishes.

If you would like to reduce the amount of cholesterol in your diet, but you love a good egg salad sandwich, you might like this Eggless Tofu Salad. The turmeric is only there to add a slightly yellow color, to make it look more like real egg salad. You can use regular mayonnaise, but I always use Vegenaise which is cholesterol free and tastes almost identical to real mayo (my non-veg relatives like it too). And you can mix and match the add ins. You can use a little bit of chopped chives or chopped green onions or chopped red onions or add some fresh parsley or some fresh basil. Anything that you would normally put in your own egg salad recipe.

This next recipe is not a tofu recipe per se, but I always add about a half a cup of ½ inch cubes of tofu just before serving. This is just about the best recipe I’ve ever found for Hot and Sour Soup. You can alter the ingredients to your taste. The last time I made this, I didn’t have any water chestnuts or bamboo shoots, so I just added a half a cup of thinly sliced celery just before serving. I always use Pacific Brand Mushroom Broth instead of any old veggie broth. This broth really adds a depth of flavor that is un-paralled. Also, I upped the amount of vinegar to 6 Tablespoons, from 2. But you can decide upon your own taste preferences. I just love super flavorful soup.

I love Asian food and these Fresh Spring Rolls with Tofu are one of my favorite things in the whole world. If you want alternate dipping sauces, here’s one for Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce and one for Sweet and Spicy Chili Dipping Sauce

And to me, this is the mother of all soups, it is Thai Tom Kha Soup which is spicy and exotic, but also comes across as Asian comfort food.

And speaking of comfort food, Tofu Sloppy Joe’s is another favorite of mine. I’m drooling just thinking about this!

This is a fun one to serve at a baby shower or a bridal shower. Vietnamese Tofu Salad with Chili Lime Dressing I’ve made something similar to this before, and served it over cold cooked soba noodles for a dish that is more of an entree.

My cousin served these Marinated Caribbean Tofu Skewers at a family barbecue. I thought I’d died and gone to vegetarian heaven.

Let’s file these last few recipes under Things Kardamom Wants to Try!

Blackened Tofu Mushroom Burgers

Thai Tofu Noodle Soup with Lemongrass

Red Hot Chili Tofu (not to be confused with tofu chili)

Sweet and Sour Tofu

Crisp Tofu Sandwich with Peanut Ginger Sauce

I hope you will find something that you like from this list : )

dabbler's avatar

@Kardamom Outstanding, thanks! They all sound worth trying (salivating now).
I just have to ask, what makes “Vietnamese Tofu Salad with Chili Lime ” particularly apt for a baby shower or bridal shower ? (is one of the ingredients a secret fertility enhancer?)

Kardamom's avatar

@dabbler LOL. It doesn’t have anything to do with that, ha ha. I just keep a folder full of recipes that work well (are easy to prepare and serve, that are tasty and not too weird) for special events such as family potlucks, baby showers, wedding showers etc. I have a big extended family so I’ve been to a lot of these lady oriented parties and so far everyone seems to like what I make. That salad is just very tasty, and quite pretty. Plus most women are more open to eating something healthy and possibly exotic than say the fellows that come over for Superbowl. : )

SamIAm's avatar

You’re the best @Kardamom. Adopt me!

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