Meatless Monday: Tofu 101 - Rachael Ray Every Day

Meatless Monday: Tofu 101

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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