Apr 19, 2021

making seafood tofu

Welcome to Making Mondays, dear Readers! 

Today's Making Monday recipe is Seafood Tofu. This is an easy take on my Marinated Tofu recipe that is from Everyday Vegan Eats.

This tofu can be fried in the air-fryer or pan sautéed. It is perfect for any place you would like a seafood-style flavor. Since the tofu is not marinated overnight or for a long period of time, it can be ready for use in a dish anytime.

I use dulse flakes for this recipe, but if you are a fan of seaweed, go ahead and use kelp or wakame - about a 2-inch piece. You will have to cook the broth for 15 minutes first, though, to rehydrate the thicker and denser seaweed, before adding the tofu. 

Old Bay Seasoning is a mixture of herbs and spices that is popularly used to flavor dishes made of seafood. Here I use it to bring some of that same flavors to the tofu. You can make your own or buy a small jar at any grocery store and stash it in the freezer for maximum shelf life.

The tofu can either be stored in the marinade for extra sea flavor or in fresh vegetable broth. 

You can grill the tofu or dredge it in flour or breadcrumbs to panfry or airfry.

It is perfect in sandwiches, as a main meal with rice and vegetables, or as seafood sticks for dipping into vegan tartar sauce. Don't forget the lemon wedges!

This recipe takes a neutral tofu and transforms its texture and flavor in no time. It is easy and fast to make, so anytime you need a flavorful seafood option, head to this recipe. 

Below is the step by step.


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Making Seafood Tofu

Makes 4 servings; doubles easily 


14-ounces firm or extra firm tofu

2 cups vegetable broth

2 teaspoons dulse flakes

1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

1/4 teaspoon salt


4 tablespoons flour

1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil

1. Tofu: Press the tofu for 15 minutes, up to overnight. Cut into about 8 (1/2-inch) slices.  

2. Liquid flavoring: Add the broth, dulse, Old Bay and salt to a medium pot, bring to boil, add the Tofu and reduce to simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set the tofu aside with the liquid for 10 minutes. If storing the tofu with the liquid, the tofu will get a stronger sea flavor. Store in fresh vegetable broth if this is not desired. Store for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. 

3. Sautee(optional): Dredge the marinated tofu slices in the flour. Shake off excess flour. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the dredged Tofu and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side for 2 minutes. Use in recipes or serve as is with lemon wedges. 

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