Pan fried tofu is one of my favourite accompanying dishes in a traditional Chinese meal. Unlike western cuisine, in Chinese home cooking, you share a wide variety of dishes with your guests. They’re left in the middle of the table and each person has their own rice bowl and can take from any of the dishes in the middle. Meaning that you can try each and every delicious plate that’s been prepared.
Tofu is notorious for being a bland and tasteless ingredient. But if you fry it in a pan and add a splash of tamari or soy sauce, it completely changes that! I’d recommend you try my recipe below as it’s easy to make and is surprisingly tasty! It’s also vegetarian and vegan friendly which is also a bonus.
There are different types of Tofu that you can get. Most of them will work with this recipe, some types like silken are quite delicate so a bit of care is needed when handling it. I typically use the non silken type as it’s easier to work with and it’s less of a risk that it’ll turn into scrambled tofu which is not something you want!
If you want to add a bit of crunch to your tofu, coat them in corn starch before frying. This will add a bit of crispiness to the dish.
You can buy tofu in most asian supermarkets and it’s relatively inexpensive. Try to get it as fresh as you can.
The fried tofu recipe below serves between 2 to 4 people.
- 4 x Blocks of tofu
- 1 x Scallion cut into strips
- Tamari or Soy Sauce
- Cut the blocks of tofu into rectangles. They should be between 8 and 10 millimetres in thickness
- Heat your pan on a medium heat and add some oil to the bottom
- Place the tofu into the pan one piece at a time. Be careful not to break them.
- Do not over crowd your pan. If you don’t have enough service area, cook them in batches
- Add 2 tablespoons of tamari or soy sauce over the top
- Cook for 6 minutes on a medium to high heat. Keep an eye on the bottom of the tofu and make sure it is not burnt. You want it to be golden brown
- Turn each one carefully and add another 2 tablespoons of tamari or soy sauce
- Sprinkle the scallion on top and let it sizzle away with the tofu
- Cook for 6 minutes until brown and serve