Tofu is one of the great ways as a vegan to get lots of protein. It is so nutritious but the texture and flavor leaves something to be desired. One of the secrets to the texture part is frying the tofu in a sauté pan in a bit of oil. it transforms the tofu into something soft and squishy to something firm and meaty.
- Start by heating 2 tbsp of oil (like vegetable, canola, peanut, or grapeseed oil) in a 10-12 inch pan over medium heat.
- Cut a block of firm tofu into 1/2 inch slices. I cut the slices into 2x2x1/2 inch squares.
- Once the oil is hot but not smoking, gently lay the slices of tofu into the pan. Careful because it will spatter.
- Cook the tofu on one side for 2-3 minutes until a golden crust forms.
- Flip and cook on the other side for another 2-3 minutes.
- Remove and enjoy!
Now for the flavor part, sprinkle with some salt and eat as is. Or add to any Asian dish and the tofu will take on the flavor profiles of that dish.