Inside Cooking

Inside Cooking Ep 113: Crispy Tofu

The fastest, easiest way to make crispy tofu for any dish. Just 4 ingredients and 20 minutes required for the cooking time! Perfect for adding to stir-fries, curries and more!

Ingredients (for 2 servings)

  • 16 ounces extra-firm tofu (the extra firm is important)
  • 1 healthy pinch sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon desired to season (such as curry powder, chili powder, tamari, tandoori spice, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut, avocado or grapeseed oil (if avoiding oil, skip this, but tofu may stick to a bare pan)

(Preparation time: 10 mins; cooking time: 20 mins)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and wrap your extra firm tofu in an absorbent towel. Set something heavy on top – like a cast iron skillet – to press out extra moisture for 5 minutes.

Unwrap tofu and cut into small cubes (see photo), then add to a medium mixing bowl and season with a pinch of salt and desired seasoning, which will vary depending on your dish. I was adding mine to a curry, so I added curry powder. If adding to a BBQ dish, try a BBQ seasoning blend. Or if adding to a Thai dish, try a Thai curry powder. If you want it to remain neutral in flavor and just crisp up, simply season with salt and skip the extra seasoning.

Heat a large oven-safe metal or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the oil and the seasoned tofu. Sauté for 5 minutes, shaking/flipping occasionally to cook on all sides, until the tofu has a slight crust on each side and has begun to brown.

Transfer skillet to the oven to bake for about 15 minutes, or until the tofu is firm to the touch and has begun to dry out and crisp up. The longer it bakes, the firmer it gets. I found the 15-minute mark to be about right.

Now you have crispy tofu to add to virtually any dish you’d like! While the tofu is crispy and slightly seasoned, it does still benefit from a sauce, such as Peanut Sauce, my Almond Butter Glaze, a Curry Sauce, or my Garlic Dill Sauce. Best when fresh, but can be stored in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Reheat in a 375 degree F (190 C) oven until very hot.

Inside Cooking Ep 113: Crispy Tofu