fried tofu

United States
February 2, 2007 12:42pm CST
i recently tried to fry tofu for the first time, and i wasn't too successful. it wasn't horrible, but it wasn't nearly as good as what i've had in restaurants. do any of you have tips for making good fried tofu?
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• Dallas, Texas
2 Feb 07
Are you using a wet batter to fry them or are toy just seasoning them and putting them in the oil - I make a pretty good cabbage and tofu dish But I just lightly season the tofu and fry it straight in the oil. - I wonder if there is a way to give the tofu a little more flavor?
• United States
2 Feb 07
no batter, just a little seasoning. i was actually making it to use in curry.
@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
2 Feb 07
I used extra or medium firm tofu you can buy at asian store or regular grocery store. I will cut and dip them in my favorite ingredients mix then fry them. Some people deep fried them, you can do it too. I don't like using deep fry too much, it's too much oil.
• United States
2 Feb 07
i agree about the deep frying - it's not my thing. what type of oil do you use? i used olive oil since it's so much better for you, but i'm wondering if that's the problem.
25 Feb 07
Try marinating it first in soy sauce and then serving it seasoned with salt and pepper. This should improve the taste. You can also make various sauces to put on it after cooking to take away the bland flavour.
• United States
15 Feb 07
firm tofu are the ones best for frying. dip in 1st with a beaten egg then to flour or if you like in some flavored bread crumbs before deep frying. for a much healthier tofu to be free from fat , don't fry and it's still very great! lots of recipes that we can incorporate with tofu as to give as more protein & soy is also good for our circulatory system.
@brimia (6588)
• United States
2 Feb 07
My tip is drying out the tofu chunks in the oven first. Getting as much of the moisture out as possible helps it from turning to mush or staying soft even after frying. Also, if you freeze the tofu and then defrost it, the texture becomes a little "meatier" and holds together better. I don't use olive oil to fry. I prefer soy, canola, or peanut oil. Hope this helps. Good luck.