Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Crispy Tofu

I said I wasn't going to have much time this week, but this dinner (or snack) only took 5 minutes. I got hooked on tofu when I was a vegetarian and still enjoy it. Unfortunately Jon doesn't eat it so I only cook it when he isn't home. With this dish, he doesn't know what he's missing!

I took 1 block of extra firm tofu and sliced it into three large rectangles. It's important to press it - place between 2 layers of paper towels and place something heavy on top for about 30 minutes to press the water out.

I then cut each large rectangle into three smaller ones. I sprinkled each one with a tiny bit of cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder.

For the breading - I mixed 2 eggs with some soy sauce in one bowl. Yes, it looked a little gross, but believe me, it worked! I mixed the breading in a separate bowl. I had to mix some bread crumbs in with my panko since I didn't have enough panko to use on its own. I also added some garlic powder and red pepper flakes.

I dipped each piece of tofu in the egg and then the breading, and then put it in a large pan that had been coated with vegetable oil. Each piece cooked for about 30-45 seconds per side and that was enough time to get them to a nice crispy, golden brown.

Dipping sauce: soy sauce, 1 shake of sesame oil, 1 chopped green onion.

They came out so nice and crispy that it was almost like eating a mozzarella stick. I may have to make these again when Jon is home - he just might like them!!

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  1. That looks delicious! I do like tofu but it's one of those things that intimidates me. I will have to get over that at some point and try making it myself :)

  2. yum! I'm a semi vegetarian (lol!) - used to be a full one, but then I met DH who is a total carnivore so I decided to gradually add the chicken and fish back in.
    The crispy tofu sounds yummy! DH would never go for it, but it's something to make for myself when he's in class. Thanks for sharing :)