What Is Tofu?
This versatile plant-based protein can be enjoyed in any number of dishes, including dessert.
Tofu, sometimes called bean curd or soybean curd, is a creamy, high-protein, low-fat soy product typically sold in blocks. Tofu is also high in calcium and iron. It's made from soybeans, water, and a coagulant or curdling agent, and absorbs flavors through spices, sauces, and marinades.
How to Cook Tofu
The naturally high water content of firm or extra-firm tofu makes it necessary to first drain and press it, otherwise, it won't absorb flavors and take on a firm, crisp texture when you cook it. Some recipes also recommend that you freeze and thaw tofu before you marinate it, as this creates tiny pockets within the block that help it absorb and retain flavor. It also gives it a meatier, chewier texture.
What Does It Taste Like?
You may not even notice the mild flavor of tofu on its own. Rather, tofu takes on the flavor of whatever it's seasoned or cooked with, adding substance, nutrition, and texture to the dish as a whole.