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Pressing Tofu

Sliced Tofu
Apr 01
  By lundeenh

Pressing tofu removes excess water and makes it more firm. Flavor marinades may absorb more easily.

❁ Soft or silken tofu is too fragile to press well. Use it as is for creamy dishes like smoothies and dips.

❁ Frozen tofu will have an open texture with larger, visible holes. Press water out easily with clean hands. It absorbs marinades well.

❁ To press fresh medium to super-firm tofu, apply gentle, steady pressure:

  1. Place tofu between layers of folded paper towels or clean dishtowels on a plate.
  2. Cover with another flat plate to help distribute the weight.
  3. Add enough weight to press out liquid without collapsing the tofu. A large can of food would work.
  4. Let the tofu sit for 30 minutes or longer. Replace towels if needed.
  5. Cut the tofu into desired pieces and use or freeze.