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Choosing the Right Tofu

Not all tofu is created equal.
Ensure success in the kitchen by getting to know your tofu.

Extra-Firm Tofu

“Most Popular”
Simply Marinated

Firm Tofu

“Most Versatile”
Baked Goods

Silken Tofu

“Most Surprising”
Salad Dressings
Creamy Desserts


“Most Convenient”
One-Skillet Meals

Tofu Every Which Way

Stir Fry
  • Use firm or extra-firm tofu.
  • Cut tofu into 1/2-inch-thick pieces.
  • Place pieces in a single layer on a baking pan sprayed with non-stick cooking oil.
  • Bake at 400°F for about 30 minutes or until golden brown, flipping occasionally.
  • Eat it hot or cool and enjoy in a salad or sandwich.
  • Use firm or extra-firm tofu.
  • Drain and press the tofu.
  • Cut into 1/2-inch-thick cubes.
  • Marinate for about 30 minutes.
  • Place the pieces onto bamboo skewers.
  • Cook on a grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side, basting halfway through with extra marinade.
  • Use firm or extra-firm tofu.
  • Slice into 3 long slabs.
  • Heat a large coated skillet with 2 teaspoons of sesame oil.
  • On medium heat, fry the tofu for about 5 minutes on each side or until slightly brown.
  • Set the tofu aside and cook veggies and sauce.
  • Add the tofu back in and cook uncovered for about 30 minutes, basting every 10 minutes until the tofu is golden brown.
  • Use firm or extra-firm tofu.
  • Cut into 1/2-inch-thick pieces.
  • If marinating, soak the tofu on each side for 15 minutes.
  • Cover a baking sheet with foil. Lightly coat the foil with vegetable oil.
  • Place the tofu on the foil.
  • Broil for about 5 minutes or until the tops are slightly browned or crust has formed.
  • Use firm or extra-firm tofu.
  • The key is to use a nonstick skillet and let the tofu sizzle until crispy. You can also coat the tofu with panko breadcrumbs and bake in a 350°F oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Use firm or silken tofu to make creamy cheesecake, moist cake, rich pies, and more.
  • Use silken tofu.
  • Mix the tofu with water until you achieve a similar consistency to the dairy that you are replacing. You can substitute tofu for milk, cream, yogurt and sour cream.
  • Use firm or extra-firm tofu.
  • Cut tofu into 1/8-inch-thick slices.
  • Heat frying pan with 4 cups oil over high heat.
  • Fry tofu pieces in batches in very hot oil until puffed up and golden brown, about 7 to 10 minutes for each batch.
  • Place deep fried tofu on paper towels to drain. Keep warm.
  • Serve with chopped green onions, cilantro, and your favorite dipping sauce.
  • Use firm or extra-firm tofu.
  • In a skillet, saute veggies for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  • Crumble the tofu with clean hands or a fork.
  • Add the tofu to the skillet and stir in turmeric, soy sauce, and scallions.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Use silken tofu to replace milk or yogurt.
  • Drain and press extra-firm or firm tofu.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of sesame oil in large pan or wok over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cook tofu, stirring often until lightly browned.
  • Remove tofu and set aside. Cook vegetables until tender.
  • Add tofu back in and stir for about 2 minutes.
  • Serve with noodles or over rice.
  • To make miso or veggie soups, use extra-firm, firm, or cubed tofu.
  • For cream-based soups like chowders, use silken tofu.

Tips and Tricks!

Think your kids won’t eat tofu? Ease them into it with Crispy Tofu Bites with Sweet Chili Sauce.

Tofu FAQ

What is Tofu?

Tofu is a protein made much in the same way cheese is made from milk — by condensing milk made from soybeans. The texture depends on how much water and natural coagulants are used. You can use tofu to replace meat, dairy, and eggs. Tofu will absorb the flavor of your other ingredients — whether they’re sweet, savory, or spicy — and has very little flavor on its own.

Best of all, tofu is good for you. It’s packed with protein, and it is dairy free, gluten free, cholesterol free, and vegan!

You can find tofu in the refrigerated section of the Produce Department.

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If you’re making a:

  • Stir-fry: Use Extra-Firm.
  • Barbecue: Use Firm.
  • Salad: Use TofuBaked.
  • Dip or soup: Use Soft.
  • Smoothie or dessert: Use Silken.
How do I prepare Tofu?
Tofu that is packed in water should be drained and pressed between paper towels prior to cooking. TofuBaked can be used right from the package in salads, sandwiches, and more.

How to open, drain, and press your tofu
How to easily cut tofu
How do I store tofu?
For refrigerated tofu packed in water, you should refrigerate it and keep it in water until you are ready to use it. You can freeze tofu, but it will change the consistency, making it more firm and dense. To freeze, drain the water, wrap the tofu in plastic or place in an airtight container, then freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and press out the remaining water before using. After thawing, it’s perfect for soups, chilis, and sauces. (Note: tofu may appear a slightly darker shade and the consistency will be slightly more chewy.)
Tofu has gone bad when you notice all 3 of these signs have occurred: bloated package, unpleasant odor when opening the package, thickness of water in package (glue-like). These 3 signs must be present to show spoilage. It is possible to have one sign without the others.