Dry-Fried Tofu

Proper Method

Have you ever tried dry frying?  I didn’t believe it would actually work, especially with tofu. But who would’ve thought that frying tofu without a drop of oil could be so delicious.?!

Dry frying is a great way to prepare tofu. It removes the moisture from the tofu, enabling it to soak up the flavors of a marinade or sauce. Rather than the often soggy texture and bland flavor of tofu, you will have created firm sponges that will take on flavors beautifully.

Dry-Fried Tofu

Tofu is dry-fried and tossed with any of your favorite vegan dishes! It will take on the flavors of your sauce without having the mushy texture that many people don’t enjoy.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 4 Servings


  • 1 block Extra-Firm Tofu


  • Wrap the tofu in paper towels or cloth towels.
  • Optional. sandwiched between two plates and weighted for 30 mins.
  • Cut tofu into about 20 square pieces and preheat a wok or cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  • Fry for 5 mins on each side, but at the 3-minute mark, gently squeeze the water out with a large spatula.
  •  Repeat with the other side.
  • Remove the tofu from the pan. It is now ready to use in your recipe.


STORAGE: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Keyword plant based, vegan
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