Tofu always comes with a little of its liquid in the packaging, so its best to drain it thoroughly on kitchen paper before frying, to prevent it from spitting too much. You can then cut into whatever size pieces you like, or even keep whole. Heat 1cm of oil in a frying pan until hot, then fry the tofu on all sides until browned and crisp, around 30 seconds – 1 minute each side. Drain on kitchen paper, season and serve.
To make crispy tofu, cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until really caramelised.
Can you eat tofu raw?
Yes you can. Silken tofu is often served on top of dishes, as its name says it is prized for its soft texture and is sometimes served chilled. Normal tofu can be eaten raw, but is often fried to add extra texture and flavour to it.
How do you cook silken tofu?
This is often cubed and added to soups and stews, right at the very end. As it is quite fragile it is added at the end of cooking to warm through, with minimal stirring as you want to keep it whole in the final dish.
We used tofu in these recipes to create delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes
One of our favourite vegan tofu recipes. Our chilli tofu ramen is vegan and low calorie, and is packed full of fresh flavours. The chilli adds a heat to the marinated tofu. Try this easy bowl of ramen for a warming meal. Here are our top noodle soup recipes to try.
Make our quick and easy vegan smoothie with fresh strawberries, bananas and tofu – ready in five minutes. Using silken tofu may sound strange for a sweet recipe but will give a creamy texture to the smoothie.
A simple tofu recipe that's really indulgent. If you're looking for a Chinese takeaway alternative, try this seared sesame tofu with noodle salad. Red chilli livens up the tofu and the noodles make it a filling meal. A great vegetarian alternative.
An easy tofu recipe that is simple to make. Make this banh mi recipe which is a Vietnamese baguette. Our version is filled with tofu, coriander and freshly pickled veg. This easy tofu recipe is a great lunch idea. Create a Vietnamese banquet with our recipes here.
Try this simple tofu stir-fry for a speedy vegetarian recipe. Both healthy and quick this dish makes an easy midweek meal. Crunchy peanuts add the finishing touch to this tofu recipe. Check out our easy stir-fry recipes here.
Our best tofu recipe, perfect for a healthy meat-free-Monday with bags of protein and only 143 calories a serving. Marinate tofu in Japanese-style teriyaki and then pour over the miso broth. A warming winter dish.