Okay, now not everything likes tofu…but since everyone likes fried food, I figured a crunchy fried tofu would be a good way to get people interested in this versatile ingredient! I coat it in a corn starch chili powder mixture, which gives it a really crunchy texture, but leaves the inside moist. Sprinkle with a little salt before serving and you’re good to go on how to make crunchy tofu! I like to eat it with veggies and a peanut dipping sauce!

½ block of extra firm tofu

3-4 tablespoons peanut oil

1 tablespoon corn starch

½ teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon curry powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Take the tofu out of the liquid and slice into the desired size (I like it roughly 1 ½ inch by 1 inch). Put two paper towels onto a flat surface. Lay the tofu pieces onto the paper towels. Put 2 paper towels on top of the tofu, then put a plate (or some sort of weight). Allow the tofu to “drain” for around 10 minutes.

Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Allow it to warm up.

Put the cornstarch, chili/curry powders, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper onto a plate. Mix to combine. Press each side of the tofu pieces into this mixture. Lay the coated tofu pieces in the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook for 3-4 minutes on the other side. Remove from heat and place onto a paper towel so the excess oil can be absorbed. Sprinkle with salt while hot.

Serve with a dipping sauce!