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How to Cook Tofu Like Ground Beef

author image Christopher Godwin
Christopher Godwin is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. He spent his formative years as a chef and bartender crafting signature dishes and cocktails as the head of an upscale catering firm. He has since ventured into sharing original creations and expertise with the public. Godwin has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in publications like "Spork Magazine," "Cold Mountain Review" and "From Abalone To Zest."
How to Cook Tofu Like Ground Beef
Cubes on tofu on a plate. Photo Credit: Amarita/iStock/Getty Images

Tofu commonly is baked, fried, steamed or cooked in liquid as a main course or part of another dish. Tofu also can be cooked in a skillet and used as a substitute for ground meat for vegetarians or those watching their calorie or cholesterol intake. Cooked tofu is high in protein and also a good source of iron and B vitamins. Cooked tofu can be kept in the refrigerator for four to five days and used in recipes as desired.

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Step 1

Wrap the block of tofu in paper towels and place it on a plate. Place another clean plate upside down on top of tofu.

Step 2

Allow the tofu to rest for 30 minutes to drain excess water. Pat the tofu dry once more with paper towels.

Step 3

Place the tofu on a clean cutting board and roughly chop it into small cubes.

Step 4

Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat for approximately one minute without allowing the oil to smoke.

Step 5

Put the tofu in the hot skillet and break it up with a spatula to the desired size. Cook the tofu in the skillet for approximately 10 minutes or until the tofu is lightly browned all over.

Step 6

Remove the tofu from the hot skillet with a slotted spoon to remove any excess moisture that might be in the bottom of the skillet and season it with sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve the tofu as desired while hot.

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