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5-minute Soft Tofu Recipe (Silken Tofu) | Nutritious Side Dish or a Perfect, Healthy Appetizer

As I am more of a vegetable and fruit lover than a meat lover, tofu has always been one of my main sources of protein.

Today, I am going to show you a very quick and easy recipe for Soft Tofu, sometimes called Silken Tofu, that you can either enjoy as a side dish with your meal or as a perfect and healthy appetizer before the main course.

Soft Tofu appetizer
Soft Tofu as an appetizer

Soft Tofu (Silken Tofu) Recipe with Magic Soy Sauce

Soft tofu container
A little tip for taking tofu out of a container
How to remove tofu from the container

A helpful tip for easily getting the tofu out of its container is to cut a small hole on the edge of the container using sharp scissors.

This allows air to get in, making it easier to remove the tofu when you take off the plastic from the other side.

Soft Tofu Sauce Ingredients

  • Magic Soy Sauce : (Soy sauce, crushed garlic, spring onions, chili powder, sesame seeds, sesame oil)

  • Carrot, Onion, Spring Onions, and Cabbage.

Magic Soy Sauce

This is a soy sauce mixture made with chili, crushed garlic, chopped spring onions, sesame seeds, and sesame oil. I name it Magic Soy Sauce because I use it in many of the dishes I make, and it always complements them perfectly. It's just magical!

When I prepare it, I store it in a small jar, and you can use it to season almost anything.

So, if you enjoy Korean recipes, having this sauce ready and using it frequently might be a great idea. For more detailed information, please click on the 'Magic Soy Sauce' post at the bottom of the page.

Soft Tofu Recipe
Soft Tofu Recipe
Sauce Recipe

Carrot, onion, spring onions, and cabbage are the vegetables you will need.

Take a small portion of each vegetable, chop them finely, and then add the magic soy sauce. If you prefer a milder taste, you can add some water to lighten the saltiness.

You can actually enjoy the tofu with just the magic soy sauce itself. However, by adding chopped vegetables, especially onions, carrots, and cabbage, not only does it add extra nutrients but also provides a crunchy texture that complements the soft tofu perfectly.

Now, simply put them together

When the sauce is ready, simply place the tofu on a plate and add the sauce on top of it.

Silken tofu dish
Silken tofu dish

You can enjoy it by placing the whole tofu on a plate as a side dish, or you can serve each sliced tofu on individual small plates as an appetizer.

With its colorful contrast and light, crunchy texture, it makes for a perfect appetizer!

Soft Tofu Health Benefits

Soft tofu is a water-rich type of tofu with a custard-like texture. It offers various health benefits: (source from Bing)

  • A good source of plant-based protein: It provides approximately 5 grams of protein per 100 grams, which supports tissue repair, enzyme production, and immune function.

  • Soft tofu contains all nine essential amino acids necessary for the body, contributing to metabolism, growth, and overall health.

  • It's rich in calcium. Calcium is vital for bone health, muscle function, nerve transmission, and blood clotting.

  • Soft tofu contains isoflavones, phytochemicals that may have positive effects on cardiovascular health, bone density, and menopausal symptoms.

  • It is low in calories, fat, and carbs. This makes it an excellent option for weight management and reducing saturated fat and added sugar intake.

However, it's essential to consume it in moderation. Being high in oxalates, soft tofu can contribute to the formation of kidney stones, particularly in individuals with a history of kidney stones or related conditions like gout or hyperparathyroidism. While these cases occur only when you have it excessively, it's still good to be aware of them.

Overall, soft tofu is a versatile and nutritious ingredient that can be used in various dishes, including soups, desserts, smoothies, and more. Adding it to your diet can bring about numerous health benefits.

Well, that's it for today. A quick and easy Soft Tofu recipe with some nutritional information about soft tofu! I hope you enjoyed it, and if you ever try this recipe, please let me know how it went in the comments below. Thank you!

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1 Comment

David Clouston
David Clouston
Aug 08, 2023

🙏 I'll incorporate tofu into my diet

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