Cooking Tofu - Mouth watering bean curd with caramelized onions.

Bean Curd is a vegetarian protein food. Cooking tofu is so easy. Try the caramelized tofu dish.

Cooking tofu as a meat replacement is just what you need when you want a simple dinner that's isn't made of meat, cheese or curdled milk. Tofu has taken the place of animal flesh in vegetarian and vegan kitchens. 

cooking Tofu different waysFried Tofu on a bed of caramelized onions and Chinese greens is a favorite stirfry recipe with an Asian flair.

Tofu is a staple in Asian countries for hundreds of years and used from gourmet food to easy vegetarian recipes. It has become popular in every vegetarian kitchens worldwide .  It's an excellent meat alternative that contains plant protein and a whole lot of other vitamins to make your body happy.

When cooking tofu with other greens, you double the protein content so don't be concerned about the 'getting enough protein bit'. We don't need a lot of protein to be healthy. Too much protein from animal products is hard on the pancreas and the liver.

So, if you are concerned about getting enough protein in your diet, don't be. A simple Tofu Recipe can topple that greasy animal protein dish they call meat. Make tofu your source of protein in vegetarian dinner recipes.

The Caramelized Tofu Recipe:

For the Caramelized Onions

  • 1 big Sweet Onion or Spanish Onion sliced thinly
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon Mollasses (use a bit of brown sugar if you wish)
  • 1 tsp Grated ginger

What's in the Tofu:

  • Extra Firm Tofu 
  • Egg to dip them in (if not vegan)
  • Breadcrumbs or corn meal
  • Salt and pepper or Soy Sauce 
  • Spice it up if you like

For the veggies:

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • a splash of Soy Sauce

Prepare the Tofu

Fried Tofu

It is best to press all the moisture from it first by putting it in a colander, top with a cheese cloth and put something heavy on it like a can of vegetable soup and leaving it like that for an hour to drain all the moisture.

After the moisture is  pressed out, you can slice them in rectangular, triangular pieces or any way you like. 

For the Tofu and caramelizing the onions

Sliced Yellow Onions

Cut the drained tofu in triangular shapes and season with salt and pepper to taste. If you are vegetarian who eats eggs, beat one egg and dip the pieces of Tofu. If you are vegan, use the egg substitute or even nut milk will do.

Coat each piece with bread crumbs or corn meal. Fry on both sides until brown. Drain on paper towel and set aside.

It's actually very tempting to eat them right about now but resist the temptation.

In the same pan (with just a bit of oil drippings) saute a clove of crushed garlic and ginger. 

Saute the onions until caramelized. Put a tablespoonful of molasses and stir. Season with salt & pepper. Set aside.

For the bed of green vegetables

Chinese Greens

Saute the garlic and ginger in a bit of oil. Add in some green vegetables (bokchoy, collard greens, Chinese broccoli or any green vegetable you have available).

Saute until crisp tender, do not over cook. Splash with a bit of soy sauce to your taste. Arrange in a dish. Put the tofu with the caramelized onions on top.

Serve alone or with steamed rice.  It's a great mainstay for a high protein vegetarian diet. No doubt cooking tofu as a vegetarian meat substitute is so much better for your health.

Dee-licious! I had it over rice. My husband had it over pasta. We're both happy. It's like Asian meets Italian. 

Tofu is also known as soybean curd. It is off white in color with soft cheese-like texture that is so versatile and absorbs any flavor you put in it. 

Suggested Cookware To Use:

I love my Chinese wok. I'm 100% Oriental and I cook everything in a wok. The wok I have is more than 30 years old and it's still going strong. I use it everyday for cooking and even washing my fruits. It serves as an extra basin for washing extra dishes!

This curdled vegetarian protein food can be your best friend in the kitchen! It's really versatile and can be cooked any way you like it for tasty yet simple vegetarian meals.

Cooking tofu is the cholesterol-free way to get your protein. 

Tofu stir fry
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