Thawing Tofu

by Penny Alba


Quick answer: You can heat tofu in the microwave and it’s probably one of the quickest and easiest ways to do it. It won’t develop a crispy texture like it would when baked or fried, but it’s a great way to prepare it to serve with rice and vegetables.

Do you thaw frozen tofu before cooking?

Before defrosting then cooking, this is a method that was originally used in China and Japan for Plus

Can you cook frozen tofu?

Once you’ve frozen the tofu and are ready to cook it, simply remove it from the packaging. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, gently slide the tofu back into the pan and boil (reduce heat to simmer) for 14 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.

Can you thaw tofu in lukewarm water?

If you need to thaw frozen tofu quickly, soak it in hot water or thaw it in the microwave (as long as the packaging is microwave safe). Once the tofu is thawed, drain and squeeze out any excess moisture before cooking it in your favorite tofu dishes.

How long is tofu good after defrosting?

Once you have thawed the tofu, it is not a good idea to refreeze it, as it will be exposed to oxygen, water, heat and sunlight which can change its consistency and affect its freshness. If the tofu is already opened and placed in the refrigerator, it can only last 3-5 days.

Is it OK to eat tofu after it has been frozen?

Frozen, tofu will stay good for three months before it begins to break down in flavor and texture. You can thaw it in the fridge when you’re ready to use it, drain it, and make crispy tofu every time.

Should I squeeze the water out of tofu before freezing it?

When water freezes, the ice crystals expand, separating the protein.

Should I defrost the tofu?

Frozen tofu gives it a meat-like texture and helps it absorb sauces and marinades better. Firm, extra firm, and super firm are the best varieties of tofu to freeze. Thaw frozen tofu in the refrigerator or microwave and drain before using.

Can I eat raw tofu?

Although tofu comes in a variety of textures (silky, firm, and extra-firm), all of them can technically be eaten raw. Before enjoying raw tofu, drain the excess liquid from the package. It’s also important to store tofu well to prevent germs from growing in unused portions.

Why is my tofu rubbery?

Don’t dry the tofu – the seasoning will stick much better if your tofu is a little moist on the surface. Don’t press it: squeezing the tofu makes it hard, rubbery and jerky. We don’t want that. Instead, we want fried tofu that’s soft, almost silky on the inside and crispy on the outside.


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