In many Asian dishes, you will find that we use a lot of fried tofu cubes. The most traditional way to make fried tofu cubes is of course by deep frying. You can also pan fry, but please make sure you have a non-stick pan or it will end up a horrible mess of tofu sticking on your pan. Or, if you have an oven or even a toaster oven, then you can make fried tofu cubes with baking!
Regardless of your choice, please remember to drain your tofu as much as possible before cooking, especially if you opt for deep frying or pan frying since more liquid means more splattering. You can buy some specialty designed too to drain your tofu, but I usually just cut my tofu block into small cubes, then wrap the block (which now consists of many many small cubes) in a paper towel, then place this wrapped tofu in between two plates, and place a heavy item (like a cast iron skillet) on top of the top plate. After about 30 minutes, a pool of liquid will gather around the tofu. With the liquid drained from the tofu, I can now safely proceed to make fried tofu cubes.
- 1-2 firm tofu block
- 1-2 tablespoon soy sauce
- corn starch/arrowroot starch, to coat
- Cut each block of tofu into small cubes.
- Reassemble the tofu cubes into original block, wrap each tofu block with paper towel.
- Place wrapped tofu in between 2 plates. So if you have 2 blocks of tofu, the arrangement will be plate, tofu, plate, tofu, plate.
- Place a heavy object at the top of the plate. I usually use my cast iron skillet.
- After about 30 minutes, the tofu should be drained and a pool of liquid will form around the tofu.
- In a mixing bowl, marinate drained tofu with soy sauce. Let it rest for up to 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 200 Celsius (400 Fahrenheit). Line a baking tray with parchment paper to prevent from tofu from sticking.
- Lightly dust tofu with corn starch/arrowroot starch. Place coated tofu cubes on prepared tray.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, but the exact required time will depend mostly on the size of your tofu cubes. In general, we want to achieve a crispy golden brown skin but the inside is still soft. Toss the tofu every 10 minutes so they will brown evenly.
- The baked tofu cubes can be served as is, with salad, or used in any of the recipes that called for fried tofu.