Meatless Monday: Tofu 101

Tofu’s texture ranges from firm and chewy to soft and silky. Next time you shop, use our handy chart to pick the right block of bean curd for your meal.

 

 

EXTRA FIRM: Dense and dry. Holds its shape during high-heat cooking. Marinate cubes or thick slices, then grill or sear as you would steak.

 

 

FIRM: Springy and tender. Holds its shape but crumbles easily. Crumble and sauté for a tofu scramble or cut into cubes or thin slices and stir-fry.

 

 

SOFT: Delicate and moist. Just firm enough to hold its shape, but mashes easily. Dice and stir into soups like miso, or mash with a fork, season and sub for ricotta in stuffed shells.

 

 

SILKEN: Smooth, creamy and very moist. Blend into creamy dips instead of sour cream, or use in smoothies in place of milk.

 

 

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