How to Make Tofu Taste like Meat

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If you miss meat, use these simple tips to trick your carnivorous side.

Step 1: Choose a firm tofu
Choose tofu marked firm or extra firm. This will give you a more meat-like texture.

Freezing tofu will give it a firmer but chewier texture.

Step 2: Press and drain tofu
Press the tofu and drain it of excess water by wrapping it in a towel and placing a heavy weight on top of it. This will allow it to crumble more easily.

Step 3: Season or marinate
Season the tofu with your favorite spice blend, or marinate it in your favorite dressing or barbecue sauce.

Tofu is naturally bland and will absorb any added flavoring from seasoning and sauces.

Step 4: Use in sauces or stews
Replace the meat in spaghetti sauce, stroganoff, tacos, or stews with crumbled tofu.

Step 5: Grill or pan-fry
Grill or pan-fry the tofu for a great charred flavor and crunchy texture – your family will never know the difference.

Did You Know?
Did you know? The world consumes about 280 million tons of meat per year.

26 Replies to “How to Make Tofu Taste like Meat”

  1. Step 4: Do something mutually exclusive to step 3
    Step 5: Do something that does not follow on from step 4 at all

  2. Normally I don’t like to leave negative comments but has this person cooked any tofu? I mean simple but I feel bad for however followed this and expected something super yummy and meat like

  3. LOL Have you ever seen somebody cook a whole block of tofu!? Whoever made this video has literally never seen or eaten tofu in their life!

  4. Throw it in a low degrees (32 Celsius) fan oven for 2-5 hours. This reduces the water content as well as helps the texture.

  5. Your family will never know the difference.

    I know howcast is known to make a lot of stupid accusations on how to do things but come on, that's just stupid. Meat and Tofu texture is always way too different for people to not know the difference. The only way that would work on are those who never eaten meat before and never knew how meat tastes like.

  6. Freezing the tofu in the original package isn't good. Take it out and drain the excess water, then freeze in a plastic Ziploc bag. Personally, I first cut mine into cubes. Then I press all the water out. And after that I put the cubes in a bag and freeze. 

  7. Interesting, I might try this out on some relatives and see what they think.  I usually like meals with more black beans as tofu can be a pain, but I think I'll give this a shot and see what happens. Don't know about the spaghetti part, though– I just use TVP for that usually. 

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