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4 Ways to Cook Tofu

Made from coagulated soy bean milk, this super food is incredibly rich and protein, iron, vitamins and calcium, which makes it a healthy substitute for meat in vegan and vegetarian foods.

Since tofu is still a bit of a novelty, most people are a bit reluctant to try tofu dishes at home. The sad part is there’s nothing to be afraid of! There are generally 3 types of tofu: firm, soft and silken, all of which have slightly different cooking uses. A word to the wise: firm tofu needs to be drained of water by firmly pressing, before it can be being used. Nevertheless, tofu is one of the most versatile foods available and can be cooked in a variety of ways to keep your taste-buds fully satisfied!

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Here are four easy ways to cook tofu:

Deep frying:

Cut firm tofu in cubes or slices. Marinate it in a salt and water base, adding ingredients of your choice: black pepper, white pepper, crushed garlic or ginger, herbs, barbeque sauce or even a hint of Tabasco sauce, depending on your mood. Let the tofu marinate for around half an hour and deep fry in heated vegetable oil. Use as a snack, appetizer or as an accompaniment to steaks or to spice up your salads!

For a healthier alternative, you can always stir fry your marinated tofu. For an extra crunch, coat tofu in cornstarch before frying.

Soups:

Silken tofu is an excellent replacement for cream in cream-based soups. No special cooking is required--add the tofu the same way you’d add the cream, for a healthy, low-fat alternative to your favourite soup. You can also use firm tofu in regular soups for an extra kick?just add small tofu cubes to the broth while it simmers. No extra marination required since the tofu absorbs the flavors of the broth.

Roasting:

Mix tofu cubes with your favourite vegetables: potatoes, eggplants, onions, squash, peas or carrots. Add a dash of salt and herbs and mix well. After letting it sit for a few minutes to let the flavors blend in, sprinkle generously with olive oil. Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes, stirring every ten minutes to allow even cooking.

Steaming:

You don't need to have a steaming basket to steam tofu--just mix some marinated cubes of firm tofu in a microwave-safe bowl and cover in cling film. Pop into the microwave for on medium power. Cooking time is dependent upon the quantity of the dish, but try cooking it in 3-5 minute increments to ensure that the tofu doesn't 'burst'.