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4 step by step pictures of how to make tofu. the first is of regular, cut tofu, the second is frozen tofu, the third is tofu coated in cornstarch, and the final is of a finished bowl of sesame tofu.
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How to Make Tofu

Follow these step by step instructions to make deliciously crispy tofu.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Kelsey
Cost: $5


  • Nonstick Pan


  • 14 ounce extra firm tofu 1 package, organic
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil can substitute avocado oil


  • Remove the tofu from its packaging. Drain the liquid in the container and rinse in cool water.
  • Wrap the tofu in a clean dish towel.
  • Place a cutting board and several books or several pounds of weight on top to press the tofu. You can use a tofu press instead if you have one. Press for 30 minutes.
  • Cut your tofu into small pieces, I usually cut them into ½ inch cubes.
  • Optional step for removing extra moisture and better consistency: place your tofu in a bag or airtight container and place in the freezer for about an hour. Once frozen, move to the fridge to defrost. Pat to remove any excess moisture.
  • Coat the tofu pieces in cornstarch. Once evenly coated, shake off any excess cornstarch.
  • Heat the olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add the tofu to the pan and carefully coat in the oil. Let each side cook for 2-3 minutes until each side is crispy. Adjust your stovetop heat if necessary.
  • Once your tofu has cooked and all sides are crispy, add any desired sauce to the pan, heat, and evenly coat the tofu.
  • Let cool slightly, and serve.


If you have a tofu press, you can use your press and skip steps 2 and 3.
Feel free to add any spices, herbs, or sauce to your tofu, this recipe is for a neutral flavor so that you can add all of your favorites! 


Calories: 160kcal