Learn how to cook tofu in a pan with a delicious sauce using this very simple recipe.
I first made this tofu skillet a few years ago, and with just one dish I converted Mr. Savory Tooth from a self-avowed tofu skeptic to a fanatic convert. He now regularly requests this dish — and why not, as it’s healthy, a great vegetarian dinner option, and has a really delicious sauce that I can’t get enough of. Try it and you’ll see what I mean. You’ll also find that just one serving of this tofu skillet is surprisingly filling, which helps fend off late night snack impulses.
When I ask people why they don’t like tofu, it’s usually one or both of these reasons: (1) “the texture is weird and chewy,” and (2) “the flavor is so bland.” Let’s go through both of these reasons:
- Tofu should not be chewy. That usually happens because someone tried to crisp it up by frying or baking. Tofu does not crisp well — even when fried, it loses its crispiness quickly and always ends up tasting chewy. Not to mention how difficult it is to crisp tofu, because tofu blocks come packed with moisture and require a lot of time and effort to dry.
- Tofu comes as a blank slate, so it will be bland unless you add some kind of sauce to it. I cook my tofu with scallions and scrambled eggs, and mix everything together in a spicy sauce made with soy sauce and sriracha. The sauce is key.
My tofu skillet is a no-frills kind of recipe. You won’t find anything here about having to marinate your tofu first, squeezing out its moisture, or tossing with corn starch. My recipe is really simple and easy, and I have often made it when I’m looking for a quick, healthy homemade meal.
This recipe is vegetarian friendly and demonstrates a basic way to cook tofu on a pan. If you’re looking for a meatier tofu dinner recipe, you can check out my mapo tofu dish, which has tofu with ground pork and a chili-garlic-bean sauce. For creative (read: crazy) tofu ideas, check out this list of tofu recipes where you can make tofu skewers, tofu cheesecake, tofu soup, tofu smoothie, and more.
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