Do You Have to Cook Tofu?

Tofu is a highly versatile food that can be prepared a number of ways, including raw. Here are some tips for cooking tofu and using it raw, plus our easy marinated tofu recipe.

Can You Eat Tofu Raw?

Yes, you can eat raw tofu. And by ‘raw,’ I mean you can take tofu out of the package and eat it without frying it up first. But the truth is, tofu is never really raw.

Can Raw Tofu Give You Food Poisoning?

Unlike raw meat, this valuable protein source is not likely to harbor dangerous bacteria, which means food poisoning from tofu is rare.

Tofu Cooking Tips

• Buy the right kind. Silken tofu is best used as an additive to thicken sauces or to make desserts, but this mushy tofu is not great to cook with.

• Drain excess water. All tofu comes packaged in a water bath to help extend its shelf life. No matter how you’re going to use your tofu, you’ll want to drain this excess water.

How to Use Raw Tofu

• Tofu smoothie. Tofu is a great source of protein and an easy and inexpensive way to add more protein to your morning smoothie.

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