The Best Tofu Meal You’ll Have This Week
I have always loved a good tofu meal, but I’ve hated cooking it. Anyone feel me? What is the deal with always ending up with squishy tofu that squeezed out water and was never anything close to the restaurant tofu I was always obsessing over!?
I followed lots of recipes, but I could never figure it out. Turns out, it was impatience that got to me. Waiting for the water to be squeezed out of the tofu was no interest to me, and I always overlooked other cooks who emphasized making sure you got rid of a lot of the excess water. Well what do you know? They were onto something!
Tofu Breakfast Burritos
How to prepare your tofu:
The irony of it all. Listen guys, nailing tofu is not hard. All you need to do is give yourself some time. That’s it! A little bit of extra time, and your tofu meal will be its very best. I finally figured it out and it’s basically what everyone has been trying to tell me all along. So, for you hard heads out there that need convincing…trust me. It’s easy and obvious. Here’s what you need to do:
- Purchase medium-firm or extra firm tofu, and cut it in half. (I find the excess water releases even quicker this way)
- Get a clean dish towel, and place it on a large plate.
- Place your tofu pieces on the plate.
- Put a small plate on top of both pieces.
- Place something heavy on top of the plate (I used a 28g can of diced tomatoes).
- Let it push out the water for 30-45 minutes.
- Season as preferred before cooking.
For my burrito recipe, I made small cubes out of the tofu so they’d fit well into the wraps. I also used a collection of seasonings, without any specific measurements. Use what you like, and however much you like!
My seasoning concoction:
How to cook your tofu:
You have all kinds of options when it comes to a burrito. You could let your tofu cook for less time and scramble it, or you can cube it like I did and incorporate scrambled eggs. The texture is up to you, but these directions make for crispy tofu cubes.
- Heat approximately 2 tbsp. olive oil in a high-quality skillet.
- When a piece of tofu sizzles on the skillet, the oil is ready.
- Pour your tofu pieces into the skillet and cook at low-medium heat for approx. 15 minutes.
- I would flip all of the pieces every couple of minutes, which gave them the best all-over crisping. (Turning over each piece takes way too long!)
Once your tofu is done, you can stir it into pretty much whatever mixture you’d like. In a separate skillet, I cooked up peppers, spinach and onion and I also made scrambles eggs. Toss everything together and top with some shredded cheddar cheese! This mixture is easy to pour into some whole wheat wraps for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Looking for a mouthwatering dessert after your delicious burrito dinner? You’ve got to check out this Roasted Buttered Cherries recipe from one of our writers, Carin Thumm!
What kinds of tofu recipes are your favorites? Now that I’m sort of a professional I’d love to hear about your best ways to cook a tofu meal! Comment below.0