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Easy 10-Minute Sweet and Sour Tofu

As an athlete, mostly always in training for one competition or another, nutrition is extremely important to me. All of my coaches taught me the necessity of consuming some form of protein within thirty minutes of completing a training session. Enter tofu!

I love tofu. It’s such a neutral food, a blank canvas, that absorbs the flavors of anything it’s mixed with. I have tofu frequently and use it  as leftovers for lunches or as a snack after working out. Here is one the easiest, (only a few ingredients, most of which  you already may have), quickest (takes only a few minutes to make), and yummiest (look at the pictures!!!!) tofu dishes I make: Sweet and Sour Tofu.
Easy 10-Minute Sweet and Sour Tofu

Easy 10-Minute Sweet and Sour Tofu

Ingredients:
1 tub/block of tofu
1 tablespoon of oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup soy sauce
Tofu is usually packed in water, and must be drained for it to absorb the flavors of the recipe. I usually wrap my block of tofu in a kitchen towel and give it a good squeeze. Often I put a heavy object on top of it to force the water out of it.
Easy 10-Minute Sweet and Sour Tofu
Slice the tofu in  equal sized slices.
Heat a large fry pan on medium heat. Add the oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the tofu and pan fry each side until tofu has taken on a light brown color. (If in a hurry, this step is totally optional!)
Easy 10-Minute Sweet and Sour Tofu
Next add the 1/4 cup of maple syrup and 1/4 cup of soy sauce to pan. Reduce heat if necessary. Flip tofu after a few minutes so both sides are coated. Cook until mixture reduces and almost caramelizes.
Easy 10-Minute Sweet and Sour Tofu
Sweet and sour tofu can be used in place of meat in sandwiches, or served alongside a salad and potatoes. There’s no wrong way to serve this dish! This is so easy! Why not give it a try?

Have you ever made Sweet and Sour Tofu? Or, what tofu recipes have you tried? Do you like tofu? Please answer in the comments below!

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13 thoughts on “Easy 10-Minute Sweet and Sour Tofu

  1. Colleen Balling

    OK. I’ve tried tofu a few times and I was not a fan. But, my son, who loves to cook, suggested I was using an inferior brand of tofu! Who knew? Well, I’m ready to try again. Can you recommend a particular brand/style (soft/firm/extra firm?) and where to find it in our area? Thanks, Linda!

    1. Linda Malys Yore Post author

      Colleen, back in the “old days,” I used to purchase my tofu at Whole Foods exclusively. Now that vegetarian, and especially vegan, diets are more mainstream, quality organic tofu is also available at Publix and even WalMart. The firmness usually is dictated by the recipe. I personally prefer extra firmness in texture. The tofu in the recipe pictures came from Costco (I purchase it in bulk!) and it is a softer sort of firm texture. It works well in all my recipes. Matter of fact, I am making tofu “scramble” for dinner this evening!

  2. Fran Johns

    Linda I am definitely going to try this. I do not eat meat and always looking for new things to try. Thanks Fran

    1. Linda Malys Yore Post author

      Hi Fran! I didn’t know you were vegetarian! Yes, do try this recipe. It is quick and so delicious. Let me know how much you liked it!

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