This week, we tried out Create Mindfully’s Baked Tofu Fries recipe. These “fries” are gluten-free and vegan, making them perfect for both food connoisseurs and those with dietary restrictions. Follow along with us as we make these flavorful tofu fries!
Tofu is a great source of plant protein made from condensed soy milk. While it may taste bland to begin with, tofu can be flavored in any way imaginable. Think of it as a blank slate! What’s more, there are so many ways that tofu can be utilized in cooking or baking.
Silken tofu has a soft consistency and is popular in smoothies, soups, or vegan desserts, and provides a creamy base. Firm and extra firm tofu, on the other hand, are popular in stir-fry recipes, battered and baked, or deep-fried in savory dishes. This recipe calls for extra firm tofu, so that the “fries” are tender and hold together well.
Create Mindfully’s recipe calls for these ingredients:
- 1 block of extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ tsp basil
- ½ tsp oregano
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (we used chili powder!)
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
Tastermonial’s take? To give the tofu a better consistency, we placed it in the freezer for 24 hours. Then we allowed it to thaw during the day we made the fries. Freezing allows the tofu to become more compact, giving it a “meatier” consistency.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Slice the tofu into strips, resembling thick french fries
- Mix the olive oil and spices together in a bowl
- Toss the tofu in the spice-oil mixture
- Place tofu strips on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes. Halfway through baking (after 20 minutes), flip the tofu.
Tastermonial’s take? While the recipe calls to bake the tofu, we wanted to put the air fryer to the test to really “fry” these tofu fries. An air fryer is a machine that mimics a deep fryer without the oil. By using a ton of hot air in a small space, an air fryer is able to produce a similar consistency to products cooked in a deep fryer. We placed our tofu fries in the air fryer for 15 minutes at 370 degrees Fahrenheit, shaking the air fryer basket halfway through. The final product was absolutely delicious, and the use of the air fryer gave the tofu a good crunch.
Once the tofu fries are done in the air fryer, serve them hot with your favorite sauce. Our choice? Burma Love Foods Tea Aioli, found in our Tastermonial shop. Eat up and enjoy!
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