Don't Hate On Tofu Steak

Nov 10, 2011 12:29 pm

Soy love for steak without the ache

tofu steak
Photo: Mike Tigas on Flickr
When was the last time your steak absorbed its A1 sauce and demanded more?
 

You must first try a tofu steak and then decide whether it's for hippies without taste buds or teeth. What is a tofu steak?

  1. Drain a 1-pound block of tofu.
  2. Slice in half to create two thin slabs.
  3. Marinate if desired, and cook over the high heat source of your choice.

I like grilling it, but a good pan sear will also turn it into a new non-beast.

Having tofu in the fridge is a great thing — it doesn't spoil in a few days like meat, fish or poultry, it's low in fat, high in protein, ultra-cheap etc. and so forth. I don't need to extole the virtues of tofu to you, even if you hate it you probably know it's healthy. But you don't hate it if you've had tofu steak done right. It'll keep you from a lame dinner of boxed mac 'n cheese or decidedly gross takeout when you realize there's no protein in the fridge.

Extra-firm is the way to go here, you'll get a solid, meaty texture with little danger of falling apart. Here are some ideas:

Have I mentioned these options are all vegetarian or vegan? Do I hear Meatless Monday? Can you have an actual steak the next day? Of course you can. But I bet you're kind of thinking about pesto-spiked smoked tofu parm.

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