I have to give my sisters all the credit for this recipe. They make fried rice all the time, and it’s always so good. My crispy tofu super food fried rice takes their technique and adds some healthy twists. A blend of rice and quinoa, tofu and edamame add plant based protein. While the vegetables keep things healthy and light.
After many attempts at soggy fried rice at home, I followed my sisters’ secrets to success. Fried rice requires that you work quickly and with a super hot pan. Fried rice also tastes best when it’s slightly crisp. I found that placing the rice in the freezer after cooking helps evaporate some liquid and solidify the starch. When this happens, you get crispy brown delicious rice. Really, this is true of any food you want to brown. Moisture is not your friend when browning food.
This brings me to the technique with the tofu. Now, before you hear tofu and run. Listen to me. Tofu is really like any other protein you eat. It takes on the flavors you put with it. Tofu is also really affordable. Always use extra firm tofu for this recipe. If you’re trying to watch your budget, you should consider other sources of protein, and tofu is a great choice. The most important thing you can do to help the texture is to press the moisture out of the tofu. I find it works best to cut the tofu into cubes, lay it on a paper towel lined plate and then press another towel over top. Press and press until you get as much moisture as you can from the tofu. Tossing it in corn starch helps to also soak up the moisture so it browns.
Your average fried rice is drown in oil and uses vegetables with no nutritional value. This Crispy Tofu Super Food Fried Rice means you can enjoy fried rice as a complete and healthy meal.