Monday, September 8, 2014

Easy Stir-Fried Tofu

The first time I ever had tofu, I was not a huge fan.  Then one day, at our local vegetarian restaurant The Grit, I ordered something called "The Golden Bowl" and was stunned to realize that the delicious morsels I was inhaling, was in fact, tofu.  I realized then that tofu can be amazing when prepared and cooked correctly...and kind of gross when it isn't.  If you are new to tofu, make sure to reference my earlier post on how to correctly prepare tofu before you try out this recipe (Tofu for Dummies).  This recipe is a great new-to-tofu recipe; easy to make and only takes about ten minutes to cook.  Make sure not to skip the nutritional yeast; it's the best part! You can find it in the bulk section of your local Earth Fare grocery store.  It's a great thing to have on hand to add a cheesy flavor to dishes while upping its nutritional profile.  

Easy Stir-Fried Tofu

1 Block Firm or Extra Firm Tofu
3 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
2 Tbsp Flour
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Olive or Oil of Choice


1. Drain and press tofu.  Cut into 1 inch cubes. 

2. In a medium bowl, combine the nutritional yeast, flour, garlic powder, and salt.  Toss in tofu and stir until evenly coated.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and add in the oil. Swirl the pan, and when the oil is shimmering and hot, carefully add in the tofu cubes.  Cook 5-7 minutes, flipping with a spatula every few minutes, until all sides are golden brown and crispy. 

4.  Add the stir-fried tofu in with your favorite stir-fried vegetables, serve on top of rice accompanied by soy sauce, toss in a taco or with pasta, or eat it simply by itself (it's very kid friendly and a fantastic toddler finger food!).  

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