Medium or medium-firm tofu can be hard to find, but it’s the perfect texture for this dish. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts at making tofu at home, I found this recipe, which calls for soaking tofu in hot salted water ahead of rolling it in cornstarch and shallow-frying it. It’s crispy and delicious, and one of my son’s favorite dishes.
Serve with garlic broccolini.
Recipe from Not Not Nutritious.
- 16 oz. medium or medium-firm tofu (NOT extra-firm tofu)
- 2 cups water
- 2 Tbs. salt
- 4 Tbs. cornstarch
- 3 Tbs. neutral oil
Drain the tofu and slice it into 1 inch cubes. Put the tofu in a shallow bowl, large enough to hold the tofu and 2 cups of water.
Boil the water and dissolve the salt in it. Pour over the tofu and let it sit for 15 minutes, then drain the water off.
Sprinkle about 2 Tbs. of the cornstarch on a flat surface. Roll the tofu cubes in the cornstarch. Add more cornstarch as needed.
In a high-sided pot, add enough oil to lightly cover the bottom of the pan. Put the heat on medium high and when it’s hot, add the tofu cubes. Fry on one side for 4 minutes, and then flip over and fry on the other for 2 minutes.
Remove the tofu and place it on a cloth or paper towel to absorb the oil.
Enjoy while hot.