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Fried tofu is the only way I've been able to get perfect tofu stir-frys, amazing pad thai, and even a really excellent Italian-herb-breaded tofu awesomeness. Fried tofu is even super yummy all by itself - and I own up to making it and then dipping it in buffalo sauce.

While it might seem like it'll be tricky or take too much time, it's really quite simple when you do it right, and those few extra minutes of frying the tofu are worth the crispy exterior and creamy inside. :D Plus, you don't use very much oil for the frying, which is excellent, and you can use the same oil to cook veggies after!

I've been trying to perfect fried tofu for about six months now, and I am utterly in love with the way I'm doing it currently. I have finally been able to fry tofu as perfectly as my favorite Thai place back in Louisville! HOORAY!

There are a few important things to remember when making fried tofu, but when you get the process down it's nearly foolproof!
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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  • 1 package firm/extra firm tofu
  • a few tablespoons canola/vegetable oil
  • paper towels or lintless towels or some sort
  • salt
I've done this with medium tofu but it didn't work quite as well - it breaks apart much easier. You can also use a different sort of oil if you like - just make sure it has a high smoke point!

You'll need the towels for drying the tofu - I've used cloth towels before and it works great. Just make sure whatever you're using won't leave part of itself on the tofu.
Jjjacki111 year ago
Been a vegetarian for 11 years and I have never learnt how to cook tofu! so I decided to try this...except the only tofu we had was silken tofu. Turns out that stuff is really super wet! I drained it on the paper towels for ages but then we ran out of paper towels. I figured it would be okay to throw on the frying pan anyway...and I very quickly discovered what you meant by the kitchen becoming a dangerous place! I had to throw the tofu on then run for cover in order to not get burnt by flying hot oil, but it turned out pretty good in the end. :D
jessyratfink (author)  Jjjacki111 year ago
Hahaha! I'm happy you made it out alive. :D
Hi Jessy,

This looks amazing! I'd love to give it a try. Can you please post/add the stir fry sauce recipe?
jessyratfink (author)  TheGarrison891 year ago
Months late on this one, sorry! :D

I'm using the sauce from here:
topazz25112 years ago
Looks YUMMMMM... can you share the stir fry sauce recipe please? Thankssss
I also fry my tofu, but I do it the lazy way in the toaster oven. Drizzel with oil, oven to 400, about 25 mins a side and you get tofu that people really like. This gives me enough time to prep and cook all the vegies.

Once again this is a prime example of things I do on a regular basis but never think about putting an instructable together for it. ugh.
kenbob2 years ago
sath022 years ago
Yummy :) Fried Tofu is one of my favorite.
And I like to slice them into triangle before put them into fried.
Thanks for the post.
imtyler2 years ago
Oh wow this looks amazing. I've tried stir fry tofu a few times but I've never been able to achieve results that are as savory as chicken or beef. This definitely looks like it will do the trick. Thanks for sharing!
kmkennedy882 years ago
what was your favorite thai place in louisville? (i live here lol)
jessyratfink (author)  kmkennedy882 years ago
Oh awesome! Simply Thai in St Matthews - I lived just a few blocks from there for years and was always stuffing my face with pad thai :D
ChrysN2 years ago
Wow, that looks really good!
Wilmette2 years ago
Thanks, especially for the timing and indicators of correct temperature.