Tofu for  babies and kids

Learn how to make tofu, including options that work for baby-led weaning, finger foods, and transitioning into toddlerhood.

– 12-15 ounces extra-firm tofu block – 1 tablespoon olive oil (or coconut or avocado oil) – 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning, garlic powder, cumin, or a pinch of Chinese 5 Spice (optional)

Ingredients

Open the tofu and drain off the liquid. Place between two clean folded kitchen towels and put a heavy bowl or plate on top.

1

Let sit for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours. This helps remove liquid from the tofu to make it have nice texture when cooked in the pan.

2

Place the tofu on a cutting board. Cut into 1-inch strips by cutting the block into 4 slices. You can cut each slice in half if desired.

3

Place a cast iron or nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the oil and warm for 30 seconds. Place tofu into the pan, spreading out so it has room to cook.

4

Cook for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully turn over and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes.

5

Remove from pan and let cool just a little before serving. You can serve this warm or let it cool to room temperature and serve it that way. Both work well!

6

Serve cooked tofu with a dip like pizza sauce, marinara sauce, guacamole, or salsa. Or add to a simmer sauce like marinara sauce, and serve with pasta or a favorite grain.

7

To serve tofu in the baby-led weaning style, offer it in finger-size pieces. To serve tofu as a finger food, cut it into small pieces for baby to pick up.

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Tofu is very versatile, eat it on its own, add silken tofu to smoothies, baby food purees, or in puree soups.