How Do You Make Good Fried Tofu?

@Pigglies (9335)
United States
July 8, 2008 11:58pm CST
I love fried tofu, but whenever I've tried to make it, it comes out all wrong! I don't like the fried tofu with the soft tofu as much, I like the one made with I think it is firm tofu. And it's nice and golden crispy on the outside. Can that be made at home? I have to drive quite a ways to get to a good Thai food place around here.
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6 responses
• Indonesia
15 Jul 08
Hi pigglies, I don't know how to cook tofu, but i love to eat it. LOL I used to try new food and tofu now is new to me, i try it at a chinese food restaurant, then i like it. I want to come back to that restaurant.
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• United States
13 Jul 08
I have a nephew who cooks tofu. I will email him and ask.I'll get back to you.
• United States
18 Jul 08
My nephew says to wrap the tofu in a paper towel and press it between 2 heavy things. Then soak it overnight in soy sauce. Then fry it. He wasn't sure about the frying part. I think the pressing the excess water out should help. Good Luck.
@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Thanks so much! I will try pressing it, and fry at a hotter temperature as well like others have suggested. That makes sense to press it, but I never would have thought to do that. Thanks!
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• United States
19 Jul 08
You are so welcome.I hope it works. Let us know how it comes out.
@wooitsmolly (3613)
• United States
15 Jul 08
I always buy extra firm tofu and stick it in the fridge for a few days. When it thaws out it is spongier and holds flavors better.. and doesn't fall apart as easily when you fry it. Then I just put a bunch of oil in a skillet and throw sliced/cubed/whatever tofu in the oil and it gets real nice and crispy and brown on the outside. Mmmmmm... make sure the oil is really hot, like someone else said. :)
@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
15 Jul 08
Do you buy the frozen kind then? I've always bought the refrigerator kind so it's never frozen to begin with. I wonder if that's why it hasn't worked as well for me?
@Hayley_N (526)
• Argentina
14 Jul 08
Lots of recipes, but very fast to try now is, Slice tofu into preferred size(burger size for on bun, or thin slices to have with veges) pat with paper towel. Now you can either dip into soy sauce and grill in oil of choice(I love sesame or olive oil) or you can mix salt and pepper into flour, lightly coating tofu and in a hot oiled pan quickly fry. I love to dip in sweet chilli sauce.
@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
15 Jul 08
Oh that sounds good! I've tried adding a little flour like that before, and I think the oil just wasn't hot enough and it took too long. I'll definitely try that again, it sounds really good as a burger too. I've had something similar at a restaurant before and I remember it being pretty good.
• United States
9 Jul 08
We make it regularly and it's very easy. I wonder if you're not getting the oil hot enough. We use extra firm tofu and get the oil to the point where it's just starting to smoke. Drop it in, wait until you notice it browning, pull it out, and it's done! I love frying it in sesame oil; the taste is just amazing!
@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
10 Jul 08
You know, that might just be it. I know the oil isn't ever smoking when I cook with oil. It might also be because I am usually using soybean oil, which might not get as hot. I will try to find a larger bottle of sesame oil so that I can try that, that sounds really good. Thanks so much!
@freedomg (1684)
• United States
9 Jul 08
I have the same problem as you when it comes to frying tofu I mess it up every time. Good luck.