Totally Tasty Tofu Recipes that Low Carb Dieters Will Love
Tofu has always been synonymous with healthy cooking, but many people are apprehensive about using it in their own kitchen because they’ve never really learned the finer points of how to cook with it. Well, that’s all about to change! We’ve gathered up a collection of the most awesome low carb tofu recipes we could find, and we’re here to share them with you today.
Cooking with tofu is actually really easy, so even the timidest of chefs should feel comfortable taking on these recipes. Before we get to the recipes however, we’re going to go through the basics of how to cook with tofu so you can be sure to get great results.
Basics of Cooking with Tofu
Drain the Water
Most tofu comes packed in water, so the first step to preparing it is to drain the water away. Tofu cooks best when it’s dry, so after the water has been drained, it’s generally recommended to gently press the tofu between some paper towels in order to squeeze out the excess water that was absorbed while it was in the package.
For absolute best results when making crispy tofu, many professionals recommend the tofu then be left to sit for several hours, or even overnight in the fridge, to help extract even more moisture. Remember that tofu is like a sponge, and if it’s full of water then it will be harder for new flavours to get absorbed and you’ll end up with a bland dish.
For extra crispy tofu, or if you intend to use it as an ingredient in a stir fry, try lightly coating the tofu with cornstarch before you fry it. The thin coating helps to add extra crispness and also makes it easier for your stir fry sauce to cling to the tofu.
Avoid Oil Marinades
Due to the water content in the tofu, oil marinades are not as effective at penetrating the tofu and infusing it with flavour. If you are going to marinate your tofu, try other styles of marinades that use vinegar or soy as a base instead, and you’ll get better tasting results.
Keep the Pan Hot
One of the biggest mistakes made when cooking tofu, and one of the most easily avoidable, is putting the food in the pan when it’s not hot enough. For best results and nice, crispy tofu that’s evenly cooked, get the pan and oil nice and hot before you start frying in it – and keep it hot during the cooking process.
Now that you’ve got the basics on how to make great tofu, let’s check out the collection of recipes we’ve found!
Some of the best recipes are also some of the simplest. But don’t let the minimal combination of ingredients fool you, because this recipe tastes amazing. The crispy tofu absorbs the flavours of the garlic and ginger soy sauce, and when paired with fresh steamed broccoli, you’ve got a simple and elegant meal that’s extremely low carb.
This one is for those of us who like to turn up the heat on our food. This delicious dish uses an interesting spice mixture to provide a nice level of heat to the tofu, without going too intensely hot. The almonds and fresh vegetables go well with the spicy seasoning, and the crispy tofu adds a nice texture to the meal.
You didn’t think that tofu would work as a snack or an appetizer? Well, this recipe begs to differ. It’s easy to make and delivers big flavour that you’ll want to munch on again and again. The spicy buffalo sauce goes great with the cool fresh taste of the cilantro avocado dip. This is definitely a great snack or appetizer for any occasion!
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes chocolate tofu pudding! This brilliant recipe uses only four simple ingredients and is totally sugar-free. It’s got a great creamy texture, rich cocoa flavour, and is naturally sweetened with Stevia, making it perfect for low carb dieters and anyone else who is working to reduce their sugar intake.
This recipe is all about keeping things clean and simple, using fresh herbs and only the finest ingredients. It’s fast and easy to make and can be ready in just 10 minutes once the tofu is dried and ready to cook with. This meal is keto friendly and very low in carbs, making it a great option for all kinds of meal plans. The flavour is robust and gets captured quite well inside the crispy tofu, making for a very enjoyable meal.
Time for Tofu
As you can see, there are plenty of different ways you can try tofu as part of your low carb lifestyle. With these recipes, you’ll be inspired to try it as a main ingredient, as a snack, or even as a dessert! We’re sure that once you start experimenting with tofu, you’ll find even more interesting and delicious ways to serve it up.