I’ve never been a big fan of meat. The taste and texture always grossed me out. I have no qualms about my non-carnivore ways, as I’m pretty much in love with all other foods and I’m not down with factory farms. So, naturally, I found this recipe awesome, but the kicker is, my meat-eating roommate/bestie LOVES it. So, regardless of your affinity for plant-based foods, this recipe kicks ass. Did I mention it’s pretty healthy too?
- Extra Firm Tofu
- Marinade of Choice
Step #1) If you have a tofu press, then awesome, use that. If not, wrap your little tofu babies up in paper towels. Wrap the whole thing. I usually wrap it like 2-3 towels thick. Then, wrap again in a kitchen towel/cloth. I’m preparing two blocks in the picture.
Step #2) Once they’re all cozy, put some things on top of your tofu. Heavy things. I used my kettlebell and a tea kettle filled with water. The point here is to get all the water out of your tofu. Let sit for like 1/2 hour – 40 minutes. If your super OCD, like myself, change the paper towels for dry ones in-between to intensify the water getting-rid-of effects.
Step #3) Remove your tofu from heavy things and slice into strips. I like to slice them about a half inch thick because they get crispier in the oven that way, but I’ve seen this recipe used before with much larger sections, so up to you. Once they’re all cut, place them in your marinade. I used a teriyaki marinade mixed with some sriracha. Make sure they’re all covered. Apply lid and shake if you have to.
Step #4) Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Once the oven is heated, lay tofu on greased pan and cook for ~13 minutes on each side or to desired crispiness.
Step 5) Admire your tofu. I like it just when it’s all crisp all around the edges.
Step 6) Enjoy your delicious tofu, ideally in a less creepy-looking way then I am.