Tuesday, April 23, 2013

BBQ Tofu

Tofu really gets a bad rap. Maybe people think it's too healthy or they're scared that substituting soy for meat every now and then automatically means you're a vegetarian and of course we all know that vegetarians can't possibly be happy or live normal lives (trust me, I have several in my family)But in truth, there are many ways to make tofu just as unhealthy and (almost as) delicious as meat. I mean, Whole Foods has some of the best "chicken fried" tofu I've ever laid tongue on, after all.

I bought a package of tofu recently and divided it into four sections. I wanted to try a new way of cooking as compared to my usual lightly-frying plus spice of sorts method, but I wasn't interested in looking up tips or recipes so the four sections really left room for trial and error. The first batch turned out ok, but the second (and then third and fourth) were bbq-licious and not to mention (ok, I'm mentioning it) really easy to make.

Here's what you'll need:
1 package extra firm tofu
olive oil
chili powder (ka-pow, y'all)
your favorite BBQ sauce

Rinse your tofu and squeeze out the excess tofu juice (yum) and water. Cut into small cubes. Heat an appropriately-sized frying pan with a little olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, place the plain tofu in the oil and allow to sit a few minutes on each side until lightly browned. Sprinkle some chili powder and mix. You want the tofu to get lightly fried here so that it's pretty firm in texture. When you have achieved this, pour a light amount on BBQ sauce over the tofu and stir to mix. Fry for a few more minutes until all the BBQ sauce is soaked into the tofu. Serve over salad, rice or just eat it as is. It also reheats well.

Note: the first method that did not work was putting BBQ sauce on first. You need to fry the tofu first so that it gets firm, otherwise it will be more of a soggy tofu dish.

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