Simple Pan-Fried Tofu

This is the tofu recipe I grew up with.  Add a dash of low sodium soy sauce or Bragg's Liquid Aminos for a delicious umami flavor.


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1 block firm tofu, patted dry and sliced into ½" slabs
½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  1. Cut tofu into slabs that are about 1/2" thick
  2. Soak tofu in hot, salted water for 15 minutes (optional)
  3. Pat tofu dry with a clean paper towel or dish towel
  4. Skim the bottom of a pan with olive oil and pan fry the tofu on each side until it's golden brown.
  5. Tip: Don't overcrowd the pan for even cooking!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serving Size: 10-15 pieces
Sarah Yoo

Sarah Yoo is the associate director of Life & Health but wears a few dozen hats as other this-and-thats, as is the norm in non-profit work. Her favorite part about working at Life & Health is meeting the people that Life & Health content has helped. Ultimately, Sarah dreams of doing humanitarian work in a developing country with her family.

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