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What to do with tofu

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ok, here's the thing.....I am not a fan of tofu. Is there any way to make it not taste like tofu? (I haven't had any luck yet). What recipes do you have that really mask the taste?
post #2 of 14
I am not a big tofu fan either but would love to eat it more often for the protein so I am curious what others suggest.

The only thing I can really think of is to make a tofu scramble. If you season it well (I like Brags, nutritional yeast, a good garlicy salt-free seasoning blend and tumeric for color) it can be really yummy & non-tofuish taasting
post #3 of 14
Ha! I can't stand tofu either. Here they sell a brand of smoked tofu that is really hard and dense and relatively dry, and I do like that. I use it as a substitute in recipes that call for ham and it works great! If you haven't tried smoked tofu, I recommend it.

Other than that I love this recipe for scrambled tofu....a great substitute for morning eggs:

8oz (250g) package tofu
2 T. nutritional yeast
2 T. water
1 T. miso
1/4 tsp. curry
1/4 tsp. onion powder
pinch of garlic powder
salt + pepper to taste

Drain and crumble tofu in a bowl. Add yeast and stir to mix. In a separate bowl stir together all remaining ingredients and set aside. Heat a lightly oiled skillet on high heat and add tofu, then miso mixture. Stir and heat until it turns a nice yellow shade and heats through.

This recipe is really versatile, you can of course use fresh onions, garlic, and any other veggies...we add tomatoes and chives often. All measurements are approximate, I usually use more spices than called for. I'm not vegan (but don't like eggs), so I add cheese sometimes. I serve it on taost with some salsa or ketchup. Yum!!
Anyway the tofu really takes the taste of the other ingredients and has a texture very similar to eggs.

Enjoy!!
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by maciascl View Post
I am not a big tofu fan either but would love to eat it more often for the protein so I am curious what others suggest.

The only thing I can really think of is to make a tofu scramble. If you season it well (I like Brags, nutritional yeast, a good garlicy salt-free seasoning blend and tumeric for color) it can be really yummy & non-tofuish taasting
Oh that's really funny, as you were writing this post I was typing out the tofu scramble recipe!!
post #5 of 14
I'm not a fan of tofu either. I found a really decent chili lime recipe online. Google and youll get a million. I drained the tofu, fried it well then made the sauce. Dh REALLY enjoyed it and thought I had marinated the tofu for hours
post #6 of 14
How are you preparing the tofu? Before I learned how to drain and press it, I thought tofu was gross. But now that I'm preparing it differently, it's delicious. It tastes like whatever marinade or sauce I use...I think it's more able to pick up the flavors when it's not sopping wet. I also started dry frying the tofu before I cook with it. You just drain and press the tofu, cut it in slabs, and cook it on medium high in a dry (no oil) non stick pan until it browns. I think the texture of tofu is so much better if it has some kind of "crust" from frying or baking it.

Here are my three current favorite tofu recipes:
Grilled Citrus Tofu
Maple-Chili Grilled Tofu
Smoky Pomegranate Tofu
post #7 of 14
Oh, I forgot about Chili Cornmeal Crusted Tofu.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by GoGoGirl View Post
How are you preparing the tofu? Before I learned how to drain and press it, I thought tofu was gross. But now that I'm preparing it differently, it's delicious. It tastes like whatever marinade or sauce I use...I think it's more able to pick up the flavors when it's not sopping wet. I also started dry frying the tofu before I cook with it. You just drain and press the tofu, cut it in slabs, and cook it on medium high in a dry (no oil) non stick pan until it browns. I think the texture of tofu is so much better if it has some kind of "crust" from frying or baking it.

Here are my three current favorite tofu recipes:
Grilled Citrus Tofu
Maple-Chili Grilled Tofu
Smoky Pomegranate Tofu
This is very true! If you have a Trader Joe's near by they sell a high-protein tofu that is very dense and I have found that I don't have to press it at all.
post #9 of 14
I make this recipe alot because its quick, easy and really good.

http://www.food.com/recipe/fried-tofu-10986
post #10 of 14
Tofu chocolate pudding

You can google for various recipes and pick the one that strikes your taste, but basically they tend to be variations on putting silken tofu in a blender with cocoa or chocolate and sweetener.
post #11 of 14
Fried tofu with dipping sauce. Yum!
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm still nervous to try most of those suggestions though. Maybe I will try the tofu scramble.'

I did try tofurkey for the first time this weekend at a bed and breakfast, and it wasn't too bad. It definitely didn't have that tofu taste---so I'm convinced there's hope!
post #13 of 14
-scrambled tofu and toast
-fried tofu slices with bbq sauce
-cubed in stir-frys with teriyaki
-baked with curry sauce in the oven
-marinated on a skewer and then bbq'd
-crumbled into pasta sauce
post #14 of 14
One more suggestion that changed my life with tofu..

If you fry it a little with little or no oil in a non-stick pan before you marinate if (if that's what you are planning to do) and let all of the water cook out of it, then it absorbs the favors from the marinade SO much better! Tofu is like a sponge, but if it's full of water, there's not much room in there for flavor!
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