How do I tofu? Or how I pan-fry tofu…


A dear cousin of mine asked me once, “How do I tofu?” And while there are many ways to tofu, this is how I started to do it after I banned frequent trips to the farmer’s market for that beloved free-range, locally sourced bacon. It’s not the same as bacon, but I think it’s good!

  • Start with extra firm tofu. You want to drain out as much liquid as possible. Here’s a blog that shows you how to do so.
  • After draining, thinly slice the tofu into squares.
  • Grab some nutritional yeast, which can be bought at your local Whole Foods or health food store. This stuff is magical, stuffed with protein and vitamins. Take your tofu squares, and gently “bread” the tofu in it, making sure to cover both sides.
  • Heat up a frying pan with 1 tablespoon of oil. Make sure to evenly distribute the oil on the pan, and then place the tofu on it. Take liquid smoke, and add 1-3 drops on each piece of tofu. This is optional, but you can add a tiny bit of maple syrup, too. Cook each side of tofu until the nutritional yeast is golden brown. Usually this takes 2-4 minutes on each side with medium high heat.

The finished product is shown here with crunchy lemon coconut couscous, sautéed kale and mushrooms. Still perfecting that recipe, so can’t share it just yet!