Tofu is a soft and spongy tight curd like thing, which is prepared by coagulating the soy milk. Tofu’s subtle flavors allow it to be cooked in both sweet as well as savory recipes, but here you will find a wonderful savory saucy recipe for tofu. The recipe is pretty easy and is perfect for preparing a tasty yet hassle free meal. The spicy barbecue sauce adds some more flavors to the tofu and makes it perfect for serving with rice or noodles.
Difficulty level: Easy
Servings per recipe: 4
Time required for preparation: 5-10 minutes
Time required for cooking: 10-15 minutes
16 ounce of packaged extra firm tofu
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4th teaspoon of garlic powder
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
Salt, to taste
1 cup of barbecue sauce + 3 tablespoons of barbecue sauce
1/4th teaspoon of onion powder
1 tablespoon of sugar
A pinch of black pepper powder
A pinch of cayenne pepper powder
1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
Cooking oil, for frying
1 large skillet
1 flathead spatula
1 stirring spoon
1 large bowl
1 baking tray
1 small bowl
1 shallow dish
1 wire whisk
1 sharp knife
Method of Preparation
1. Choose extra firm or firm tofu for this recipe because too soft tofu will easily break and fall apart while cooking. Next, take out the tofu from the packet and drain away all the excess water. Then using a paper towel pat dry the tofu. Place the tofu on a hard surface and cut it vertically in half by sliding your knife through one side of the tofu. Next, cut the tofu into three or four horizontal slices. Finally, turn the tofu and cut it vertically thrice to get smaller 1 inch sized pieces.
2. Then take a baking tray and grease it thoroughly with cooking spray. Line the tray with paper towels and then place the tofu cubes on that. Then insert the baking tray into a 400 degrees Fahrenheit preheated oven and bake the tofu cubes for 20-25 minutes or until they turn slightly more firm. Once done, take out the tofu cubes from the oven and transfer to another plate to cool them down before transferring them to the egg wash. Next, take a shallow bowl and sift the flour in it. Add the sugar, cayenne pepper powder, freshly ground black pepper, salt, garlic powder and the onion powder to it. Then stir the mixture with a spoon or fork and combine all of the added ingredients to the flour.
3. Once done, set aside the shallow dish and fetch a large bowl. Now keep the bowl below your hands and then crack open one of the eggs into two equal halves. Then immediately flip the egg yolk from one half of the egg shell to the other half. In this way, the egg whites will get collected on the bowl below and you will be able to separate out the egg yolks from the egg whites. Keep away the egg yolks in a separate bowl and take the bowl of egg whites to work with it.
4. Add the lemon juice and 3 heaping tablespoons of barbecue sauce to the egg whites in the bowl and then whisk the mixture with a wire whisk. Once the mixture is thoroughly whisked, add-in the tofu cubes and coat them thoroughly with the egg mixture.
Make sure all the tofu cubes are nicely covered with the egg mixture and then transfer them to the shallow dish to dredge them in the flour. Once all the tofu cubes are dredged in the flour, let them sit there for a few minutes while you prepare the oil for frying them.
5. To fry the tofu, place a skillet on the hob and oil it with 3-4 tablespoons of cooking oil. Swirl the pan to spread the oil in it and then adjust the flame to medium high. Once the oil starts smoking, add the tofu cubes in one layer and fry them until they are lightly golden browned. Do not over-crowd the skillet while frying the tofu. Once all the tofu cubes are fried, remove them from the skillet and place another clean and dry skillet on the heat. Add some more oil to the skillet and then add-in the fried tofu cubes to that. Next, add the barbecue sauce and stir them around to mix them nicely with the barbecue sauce. Stir the tofu for 20-30 seconds and then serve with fried rice or simple warm rice.
1. Do not cut the tofu into very tiny pieces or they will break easily while stirring.
2. Baking the tofu before frying it makes it more firm and therefore easier to cook.