Fried tofu recipes are perhaps the most popular dishes involving tofu. When fried, tofu packs in a lot of flavour. What could otherwise be a very bland dish is made better by the sauce that the tofu creates for itself when fried. However, flavour is not the only thing that fried tofu recipes have going for them. While other fried foods are full of unhealthy fats, tofu fried in olive oil is still very healthy yet still full of delicious flavour.
A take on Asian flavour
Fried tofu recipes have always been popular in Asian countries, where tofu first originated. Like other fried tofu recipes, this recipe is fairly simple but it features an exotic sauce.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 pound tofu
- 3 cups olive oil for frying
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 sliced scallion
- 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar.
First place the tofu on a plate. And then cover with a second plate and a weight on top so that the tofu can drain. The tofu will need to drain for about fifteen minutes. Next, cut the tofu into three large pieces. Stack them together and then make a diagonal cut in order to form triangles. Make a diagonal cut in the opposite direction, so that the final result is several smaller triangles.
In a separate bowl, mix together garlic, red pepper flakes, cilantro, soy, scallion, and sugar. Whisk these ingredients together and set aside. Eventually, this will serve as a sauce that you can dip your fried tofu in. With a wok or a deep fryer, heat the oil to 180°C and fry the tofu slices in batches, until golden brown. Serve the slices along with the dipping sauce.
Some fried tofu recipes call for deep frying. However, another way to fry tofu is to stir-fry it. Stir-fry is becoming more and more popular, and it is even easier than deep frying. Simply cut tofu into chunks, mix with some vegetables, and place in a frying pan with some cooking spray.
A great first experience
More flavourful than baked tofu recipes and healthier than French fries, fried tofu recipes are the perfect compromise to the health-taste dilemma. The combination of exceptional flavour and nutrition of fried tofu recipes help to make anyone’s first experience with tofu an amazing one.