Tofu faqs

9 Tofu FAQs

Are you curious about tofu but don’t know where to start?

Well, you’re not alone! Tofu can be a bit intimidating at first but fear not, I’ve got you covered with all the frequently asked questions you need to know about this versatile ingredient.

Let’s begin our journey to unravel the secrets of tofu together.

White firm textured tofu made from soybean

What is tofu?

Tofu is a food made from coagulated soy milk.

The process of making tofu involves soaking and grinding soybeans, then boiling the mixture and adding a coagulant, such as calcium sulfate or nigari.

The resulting curds are then pressed into blocks, which can be sliced or cubed for use in various recipes.


What does tofu taste like?

Tofu has a mild flavor and a soft, slightly spongy texture.

It is often described as having a nutty or earthy flavor, but it does not have a strong taste on its own.

Instead, it tends to absorb the flavors of the other ingredients it is cooked with, making it a versatile ingredient in many dishes.


What are the health benefits of tofu?

Tofu is a good source of protein, as well as several essential nutrients, including calcium, iron, and magnesium.

It is also low in saturated fat and cholesterol, making it a healthy alternative to meat.

Research has shown that consuming tofu may have a number of health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease, certain types of cancer, and osteoporosis.

tofu press

How do I prepare tofu?

Tofu can be prepared in many different ways, depending on the recipe.

Before cooking, it is important to press the tofu to remove excess water and improve its texture.

You can read more about how to press tofu here.

Tofu can be fried, baked, grilled, or sautéed, and can be used in a wide range of dishes, including stir-fries, soups, salads, and sandwiches.


Is tofu suitable for vegans and vegetarians?

Yes, tofu is suitable for vegans and vegetarians, as it is made from soybeans and does not contain any animal products.

It is a popular protein source for those following plant-based diets.

miso soup with tofu


Where can I use tofu?

Tofu is a versatile ingredient that can be used in many different types of dishes.

It is commonly used as a meat substitute in vegetarian and vegan recipes, but it can also be used to add protein and texture to dishes that include meat or fish.

Tofu can be used in stir-fries, curries, stews, soups, salads, sandwiches, tacos, and more.

Try some of my tofu recipes:


Where can I buy tofu?

Tofu can be found in most grocery stores, either in the refrigerated section or in the Asian foods aisle.

It is also available at health food stores and specialty markets.

How should I store tofu?

Tofu should be stored in the refrigerator in a container of water.

It is important to change the water daily to keep the tofu fresh. Once opened, tofu should be consumed within a few days.

silken tofu

What are the different types of tofu?

There are several types of tofu, including firm tofu, extra firm tofu, and silken tofu.

Firm tofu has a higher water content and a softer texture, making it a good choice for dishes that require a tender texture.

Extra firm tofu has lower water content and a firmer texture, making it a good choice for dishes that require a meaty texture.

Silken tofu has a smooth, custard-like texture and is often used in desserts, smoothies, and sauces.


Now that you have all the answers to your frequently asked questions about tofu, it’s time to take action!

Go ahead and experiment with tofu in your favorite recipes, and don’t be afraid to try new things.

With its mild flavor and ability to absorb other flavors, tofu is a versatile ingredient that can add a boost of nutrition to any meal.

If you want to learn new recipes for tofu, you can get my tofubook and tofu ryouri cookbook.

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