The best recipes are created through mistakes. And that’s exactly how I was able to get this tofu to taste almost like chicken.
So here is what happened: I was preparing tofu to be grilled. So, that meant I threw the tofu block into the freezer for a couple of days before that. This process helps firm up the tofu to get an even chewier and “meatier” texture. Additionally, because freezing the tofu blocks create ice crystals within the block, it opens up the tofu and makes it easier for the marinade to penetrate the block. It become sponge-like.
Anyway, the tofu block didn’t quite hold together. I usually purchase extra firm. This tofu block was medium firm, or regular. Because of this, and because I sliced them too thinly, they couldn’t hold it together.
I freeze my tofu blocks frequently, so that’s not new for me. What was new is that I got a block of tofu that wasn’t quite as firm as how I usually buy them. I also did a bad job at slicing them thick enough, So, I actually ended up with tofu pieces.
Pro-tip: the more liquid you drain from the tofu block, the less of that tofu taste you’re going to get. You know what I mean – that distinct tofu flavor that’s a bit bizarre, but totally not off-putting. Another benefit to draining as much water as you possibly can is that the tofu block will have a better time soaking up flavor from your marinade.
Recipes That Also Use Frozen Tofu
- Buy regular tofu, not silken.
- You need to start with a frozen block of tofu. This is how you’re going to get that chewy, “meaty” texture .
- Different brands of seasoning cubes/bullion will have varying amounts of salt. Taste the broth before applying to tofu to see if it’s to your liking. Add more salt it you want it more salty. Add tad bit more water if you want it less salty.
- Because I wanted the “not chick’n” broth to be as salty as soy sauce – which is how I typically flavor my tofu, I added just a small pinch of salt. If you’re salt sensitive or prefer something less salty, omit this step.
How To Freeze Tofu
Throw the entire tofu with its packaging into the freezer. No need to drain. Straight to the freezer it goes. You’ll want to freeze the tofu block for at least a day.
How To Defrost And Press Tofu
First, remove the tofu from its packaging.
You can defrost the tofu block on the counter or fridge all day. Just throw the tofuin a large bowl so it can collect any extra liquid as it defrosts. Once it defrosts, press the tofu.
Or, if you’re in a hurry, just microwave the block. I microwaved the frozen tofu block to quickly defrost. I did this in 4-5 minute intervals. When the time was done, I drained and pressed the tofu as much as I could between the backs of two plates. Then I’d throw it in the microwave again. I repeated this process until my block was totally defrosted and free of any extra liquid.
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Recipe: How To Make Tofu Taste Like Chicken
- A block regular tofu (not silken)
- 1 piece of Not-Chick’n Cubes
- 6 tablespoons of water (a little over ⅓ cup)
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder (optional)
- 1 pinch of salt (optional)
- First, start with a frozen block of tofu.
- Next, remove the frozen tofu block from its packaging. Defrost and press.*
- Then, cut the tofu block into planks. Pat dry more of the liquid with a towel or paper towel.
- Next, measure out 6 tablespoons of water and pour into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute.
- Meanwhile, tear the tofu into bite-sized pieces and set aside in a bowl.
- Carefully remove bowl of hot water from the microwave.
- Drop one Not-Chick’n cube into the hot water. Allow it to dissolve, then mix.
- Optional: add a pinch of salt and garlic powder to the water. Mix.
- Then, In a medium-high heat pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil.
- Add the tofu and cook for about 4-5 minutes
- Then, evenly add the broth to the tofu in the pan.
- Finally, cook for another 8 minutes, or until golden and water has been absorbed.
If you don’t have soup cubes, you can use soy sauce instead. About 3 tablespoons.
*see instructions above on how to freeze, defrost, and press the tofu block.
Use your tofu not-chickn’ however you wish! I threw them into a pasta dish. Yum!
Or, go for a taco!
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