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Just a basic question about tofu, I've never cooked it before.<br><br><br><br>
How do I cook it? Can it be cooked on the grill, oven or how about in a pan with some oil spray?
 

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Well, some of it depends on what kind of tofu you have (firm, silken, etc.) You can cook it on the grill or in a pan, but you'd need some sort of marinade perhaps if you're grilling it (tofu is pretty plain tasting).<br><br><br><br>
You might want to check out the recipe section: <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=142" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/f...play.php?f=142</a> for some ideas. If you search for "tofu" in the "search this forum" in the recipes section, you'll find a bunch of ideas.
 

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Thanks for the link and the tips.<br><br><br><br>
I have two kinds - original and smoked.<br><br><br><br>
So I cut them up and can just do them in a pan? What about on a tray in the oven?<br><br><br><br>
I'm not too worried about what to eat it with it's just knowing how to actually cook, what I can and can't do?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks.
 

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Smoked tofu is generally pretty dense and holds together well, so you can do a lot with it. Plus, it's generally already flavored. I like to slice it up really thin and add it to my salad. It has a texture a lot like cheese. It would probably grill well, though I'd probably want more flavor than it has - basting it with a marinade as you grill might help.<br><br><br><br>
Original tofu can be a lot of things.<br><br><br><br>
Tofu 101:<br><br><br><br>
There are two major kinds of tofu: silken and water-packed. Silken tofu is best used for things like smoothies, puddings, and in baking. Water-packed tofu (also called chinese-style tofu) holds together a bit better and can be used in stir frys, and other things where you actually want chunks of tofu. There are also things either can be used for - for example, as a substitute for ricotta cheese, either one can be mashed up easily.<br><br><br><br>
Within both types of tofu, you can have soft, firm or extra-firm tofu. The soft falls apart easier, the extra-firm holds its shape well.<br><br><br><br>
If I were to buy tofu for grilling or baking, I'd get extra-firm chinese style (water packed) tofu. Buy (or make) a marinade. Drain the water off the tofu, pat it dry with paper towels, and slice it into whatever shape you want to grill. Put it in a pan with the marinade and let it sit for a few hours. You should be able to grill it then, though if the temperature is too high, it could stick to the pan/grill. I have tried one recipe where I sliced up tofu, covered it in bottled barbecue sauce, and popped it in the oven until it was heated through. This wasn't the best tofu recipe I've tried - it would have been better shredded up and simmered in the barbecue sauce, and then served in sandwiches. Maybe even frozen first - when frozen tofu is thawed, the texture is spongier and chewier.<br><br><br><br>
As for what you can and cannot do with tofu? There really aren't any rules and there are TONS of things you can do with tofu. The texture varies depending on what kind you get, plus it tends to take on the flavor of whatever you bake/cook it with. That makes your options pretty much endless.
 

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If you're making it in a pan, you can dip it in cornstarch after marinating and then, if you like, cover it in bread crumbs, chopped nuts or sesame to make a crust. I like to cut it fairly thin so it crisps up in the pan and the marinade soaks all the way through.<br><br><br><br>
You can also crumble it up, mix in tomato paste, soy sauce, nut butter, something along the lines of rice/ground oats, some seasoning and make patties. I'd imagine that would work well with smoked tofu.<br><br><br><br>
Ok, I admit it, I like to play with my food...
 

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I don't care too much for tofu cooked in a skillet.<br><br><br><br>
I only recently learned that baked tofu has a much better texture for me.
 

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Smoked tofu is delicious. If you're looking for something to do with it, try this recipe. It's great: <a href="http://www.vegalicious.org/2006/11/27/bok-choy-and-smoked-tofu-hash/" target="_blank">http://www.vegalicious.org/2006/11/2...ked-tofu-hash/</a><br><br><br><br>
Other ways to use smoked tofu:<br><br>
Eat it right out of the package as a snack.<br><br>
Make a sandwich on whole grain bread with "mayonnaise", lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, etc.<br><br>
Add to stir fries.<br><br>
Chop it and throw into soups.<br><br>
Dice it into bean dishes.<br><br>
Cube it for pasta salads or dishes.<br><br>
Toss it on salads.<br><br>
Chop into little pieces and mix with scrambled tofu.<br><br>
Use in burritos or tacos.<br><br>
Serve on bagels or crackers.<br><br>
Perfect for shish kabobs.<br><br>
Great on fajitas.<br><br>
Grill or barbecue it.<br><br>
Put it in your sushi.
 

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Ok, I admit it, I like to play with my food...</div>
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I really like to grill tofusteaks.<br><br><br><br>
Also I buy extra firm tofu, freeze it, defrost, squeeze the water out of it and marinade, coat in bread crumbs and I saute three minutes per side. Very good IMO.
 

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Ya know... this is a pretty cool thread for me. Cause maybe I'm a freak vegetarian but I do not like tofu<br><br><br><br>
at all<br><br><br><br>
Every vegetarian I know has always told me I'm crazy. It is funny though when Omni's get all sarcastic and ask if all I eat is tofu and I say that I don't eat it. I try every once in awhile... I've been veg for 6 years... but it's never anything that wows me. I may try it again soon.
 

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Ya know... this is a pretty cool thread for me. Cause maybe I'm a freak vegetarian but I do not like tofu<br><br><br><br>
at all<br><br><br><br>
Every vegetarian I know has always told me I'm crazy. It is funny though when Omni's get all sarcastic and ask if all I eat is tofu and I say that I don't eat it. I try every once in awhile... I've been veg for 6 years... but it's never anything that wows me. I may try it again soon.</div>
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I don't understand how someone can dislike tofu. That's like not liking white rice. Sure, it's boring. That's because it's not a food. It's an ingredient. Cook it in the right sauce, mix it with other good stuff, and it becomes something worthwhile.<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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Ya know... this is a pretty cool thread for me. Cause maybe I'm a freak vegetarian but I do not like tofu<br><br><br><br>
at all<br><br><br><br>
Every vegetarian I know has always told me I'm crazy. It is funny though when Omni's get all sarcastic and ask if all I eat is tofu and I say that I don't eat it. I try every once in awhile... I've been veg for 6 years... but it's never anything that wows me. I may try it again soon.</div>
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Pretty sure that's cause you haven't eaten it properly seasoned/cooked. You're not supposed to actually taste the tofu itself on a dish, cause if you do then it is gross for sure (to me, at least).
 

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Aww I'm not trying to say tofu sucks... I just don't like it. I've had it in restaurants across the country, seasoned, grilled, baked, fried... and I'm just not that into it. Usually whatever it is could do without the tofu perfectly fine. The only thing I enjoy it in is Miso.<br><br><br><br>
Occasionally It's been good but just not my thing. I love rice, I understand what you're saying though, and enjoy it as a base to lots of stuff.<br><br><br><br>
I'll try to make it again and hopefully I'll find a good way to make it
 

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Aww I'm not trying to say tofu sucks... I just don't like it. I've had it in restaurants across the country, seasoned, grilled, baked, fried... and I'm just not that into it. Usually whatever it is could do without the tofu perfectly fine. The only thing I enjoy it in is Miso.<br><br><br><br>
Occasionally It's been good but just not my thing. I love rice, I understand what you're saying though, and enjoy it as a base to lots of stuff.<br><br><br><br>
I'll try to make it again and hopefully I'll find a good way to make it</div>
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You should try smoked tofu to see if you like it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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wow! Thanks everyone for replying, you've given me lots of ideas and I'm taking note of all them.<br><br><br><br>
Cheers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I don't understand how someone can dislike tofu. That's like not liking white rice. Sure, it's boring. That's because it's not a food. It's an ingredient. Cook it in the right sauce, mix it with other good stuff, and it becomes something worthwhile.<br><br><br><br>
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I completley agree with you. It's just not something that can be eaten by itself.<br><br><br><br>
I know.<br><br><br><br>
I've tried.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:"><br><br><br><br>
I personally prefer silken tofu. To me (and my mum, who's an omnivore) it just tastes better. But you have to know how to season it. I reccomend it with brown sugar and soy sauce fried, but tonight I had it mixed with some balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic and baked and it was really, really good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:">
 
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