Silken Tofu

Recipe courtesy of Executive Chef Nick Subic of King Noodle
Show: Not My Mama's Meals Episode: Totally Tofu!
TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 5 min
Prep: 40 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 25 min
YIELD: About 1 pound tofu
LEVEL: Intermediate


  • Nigari powder (magnesium chloride produced from seawater), for coagulating tofu
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Blend the soybeans and 2 cups water in a blender until it reaches a smooth consistency; it should look like a milkshake.

Whisk this soymilk mixture into 4 cups boiling water and bring back up to a simmer. Allow to cool until the foam begins to settle. Pass through a chinois or multiple layers of cheesecloth.

Bring the mixture back to a simmer and cook over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring with a spatula to avoid scorching the bottom of the pan. Strain again through a fine-mesh strainer. Allow to fully cool.

To make the tofu, pour the soymilk mixture into small cups or containers until the mixture is about 1 inch deep. Mix the nigari in the individual cups of soymilk, using a ratio of about 1 teaspoon of nigari to 1 1/2 cups of the soymilk mixture (the ratio is about 2 percent nigari). Sometimes small grains will separate at this point; if so, strain a third time.

Set up a steamer and place the cups of soymilk and nigari into the steamer over low heat, looking for a steady jet of steam rather than puffs, and place the lid ajar to modulate the heat. Steam until the tofu has fully coagulated, checking with a cake tester, 6 to 10 minutes. Let cool.

This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and may have been scaled down from a bulk recipe. The Food Network Kitchens have not tested it for home use and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.



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