Tofu masters Tofuture are often asked what the best way to marinate tofu is, so we asked them to share their top tips on how to marinate tofu to ensure each bite is bursting with flavour!
Tofu is often unfairly thought of as being bland and tasteless, but as tofu masters Tofuture show us, that’s certainly not the case when you get to grips with the best way to marinate your block.
Preparing your tofu
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to creating a good marinade, but there are some general guidelines which are helpful to follow. It should be a liquid and a marinade is essentially made up of ingredients taken from 4 different categories.
- Before you marinade, press your tofu according to this pressing guideline. If you don’t own a tofu press: drain the tofu for at least 15 minutes, then wrap the tofu in kitchen towel and place on a hard, flat surface like a chopping board. Place another chopping board on top of the tofu, and balance something heavy, like a cast iron pan, on top to press the block of tofu. Leave for 15 minutes.
- When pressed, cut the block into cubes (good for stir-fries and salads) or strips, about ½ cm thick.
- Mix the ingredients for your marinade together in a sealable container and add tofu pieces, making sure they are fully covered by the liquid. Leave in the fridge and return to the marinating tofu at least once to shake the container.
How long to marinade? As a general rule, the longer the better – ideally from a few hours to overnight, but if you only have half an hour that’s still better than no time at all.
Making your own marinades
Play around with the ingredients, however choosing at least one from each group below gives a perfect balance of flavours. Adjust your choices to cater for your own taste preferences, or those of your guests, the region around the world your dish originates from, or at times (if you are anything like us) simply whatever you can find in the cupboard!