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The Quickest Way To Drain Moisture From Tofu
Pressing water out of tofu is an essential step if you want to cook it with any sort of "dry" method, like pan-frying, grilling, or baking. Draining excess water ensures that the tofu browns, maintains its shape, and holds onto sauces or seasonings, but since physically pressing it can take up to an hour, try this modern solution if you're in a hurry.
MasterClass explains that microwaves are great for drying tofu, since the heat can draw moisture out from the tofu just in a couple of minutes. Andrea Nguyen, instructor and cookbook author, also uses this method, and tells The Washington Post that the only waiting you’ll be doing is letting the tofu cool for a bit after microwaving.
To microwave tofu, wrap the block in a paper towel, place it on a microwave-safe plate, and start microwaving in 30-second increments, checking your tofu after each interval. Though it depends on how firm your tofu is, it should be mostly done in around 2 minutes, and you can use another towel to absorb any excess liquid left on the surface.