5 Ways to Make Tofu Actually Taste Good

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Often thought of as bland, tofu can actually taste good
5 Ways to Make Tofu Actually Taste Good
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Tofu is a blank canvas for flavor.

Dry it. Drying tofu out means that you’ll be able to get a crispy crust if frying or a browned exterior if grilling or broiling. Start out with extra-firm tofu, then slice it up and spread the layers between two layers of paper towels. Place a sheet pan on top of the paper towels, and place heavy objects like cookbooks on top to help squeeze out the moisture.

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Marinate it. A quick marinade (avoid oil-based marinades, though) or spice rub will give tofu tons of flavor. With a few spices, you can turn plain tofu into tofu Parmesan, tofu nuggets, or even barbecued tofu. You can do this before sautéing, grilling, broiling, or coating in cornstarch for frying.

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Coat it. Toss the tofu with a light coating of cornstarch before frying for crispy, fried texture.

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Fry it. Deep-fried or pan-fried, dry tofu will achieve a crispy, browned, delicious crust.

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Dip it. Everyone loves to dip food into sauces. Pair the seasoned and crispy tofu with a dipping sauce; a few favorites are honey mustard, barbecue sauce, and even hoisin sauce depending on the seasonings.

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Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.

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