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.


Quantity Unit Name Link Alternatives
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 Jung
Sarah Jung

Sarah Jung is the associate director of Life and Health Network, but wears a plethora of hats as editor, communications director, and sometimes photographer. Unrelated to Life and Health, Sarah is the country director and founding member of Oon Jai Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower people living in developing countries through friendship and working, learning, and mentoring side-by-side with the locals. In her spare time, Sarah likes to read, write, and find mountains to climb.

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