can I boil or grill tofu for low fat-cal recipes?

hi,

i'm thinking about buying tofu for the first time and i don't really know how to prepare it. i don't want to fry it, i was thinking if perhaps i could grill it or boil it.

Does anyone know any good low cal recipes with tofu (grilled or boiled)?

Also, i read somewhere that you can fry it in water(!) is that possible?

thanks

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  • Maggie
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Don't boil it, I've never done that, it seems kind of odd.

    You can grill it, but make sure you press it first to get some of the liquid out - and try to get the firmest sort of tofu you can find. It's just because the high water content makes it hard to grill, sautee or fry it otherwise.

    You can actually eat tofu right out of the tray, it's not raw, it's perfectly cooked. What you do with it past the tray - fry, broil, bake, etc. - just gives it texture and flavor and jazzes it up a little, but if you want to eat it low-cal and low-fat, you can try to eat it right out of the tray. I actually like silken tofu with a layer of sugar-free caramel syrup, it's almost like flan (Mexican dish).

    You can marinate your tofu in your favorite low-cal dressing or season it and then bake it, too, to dry it out a little - and crumble it into salad or stir fry.

    You can dice extra-firm tofu into pasta dishes, and it's great to make lasagna with - mash firm tofu with basil, oregano, salt and some lemon juice and use it in the place of ricotta cheese.

    Tofu's incredibly versatile so don't get stuck on just breading and frying it, you can eat it just about any way you can think of.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Extra firm tofu is the best to cook with on its own but it has very little flavor and would dissolve by boiling.

    There are many recipes you can find and use for tofu. One of my favorites is simply drain a extra firm tofu, slice it about 1/4" thick, sautee some garlic in very little olive oil for a few minutes then add the sliced tofu - add salt, soy sauce is better, Braggs amino is best otherwise it will be bland. Cook on medium high heat until brown about 5-7 minutes each side. Then add to tofu to mixed veggies or believe it or not I put it on whole wheat bread as a sandwich. But thta's a guy thing, make a sandwich out of anything.

  • 1 decade ago

    Personally I use a clay pot and combine it with other veggies and just enough liquid (like tamari or black tea) bake at 350 for 45minutes serve over rice. If you don't have a clay pot use a oven safe lidded cooking dish. The flavors won't be as rich but the tofu will stay firm and the flavors of the veggies will be richer.

    There are some good recipes at Tofu.com that will also help you get a better grasp of the best ways to enjoy!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Tofu is an interesting product in that you can use it so many ways. It can be grilled, stir-fried, marinated, mixed with other ingredients as depends on your tastes.

    It can be crumbled up and used instead of meat in spaghetti sauces, in aioli and even in cheese cake. For a more complete discussion I recommend checking out the website listed below.

    Source(s): vegetarian-naturalfoodstoday.com
  • 1 decade ago

    I love a good tofu scramble.

    Soy Vay makes fantastic marinades.

    see their website at the link below

    If you take the tofu out of the package and drain all the water, then wrap it in celo and freeze it, the texture changes. It gets more chewy. Good for grilling.

    Then cut it down the middle - lengthwise so you have two big tofu steaks. Marinade them. Then grill them.

    Yum Yum.

  • kathie
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    i'd rather boil it, but its totally up to you.

    some recipes link below

    http://www.grouprecipes.com/s/asian-tofu/recipe/1/...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You can grill tofu, just make sure you take out the access water first.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I sure hope not because that'll seriously mess up the tofu and make it taste even worse.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes you can grill it and it's delicious. Just make sure you squeeze the moisture out of it first! Try this recipe:

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/10868...

  • 1 decade ago

    Grill it, t hat's great!

    Not sure about boiling.. tofu is too much like a "sponge" I'd think it might absorb too much water and be nasty..

    you can "Fry" it in a nonstick pan without oil.. works fine..

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