This is a fairly simple and standard way to marinate tofu. When done it can be sauteed, fried, baked or served cold. There are any number of different spices and flavors that can be used when flavoring tofu, just make sure to use firm tofu. Do not let the tofu sit in the marinade longer than 12 hours or it will adversely affect the flavor.
I sauteed the finished tofu in butter until seared, then sliced it and served it on a salad of bean sprouts, oranges and avocado.
- 14 oz firm tofu
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp Chinese five-spice powder
- 1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
Wrap tofu in cheesecloth and place in a pie dish. Place a second pie dish on top with about 5 lbs of weight in it. Place pans in refrigerator and press water from tofu for 24 hours. Mix everything together except tofu in a nonreactive sealable container. Place tofu in liquid and marinate about four hours, flipping tofu once halfway. Remove tofu from liquid and use or store for up to a week in the fridge.