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Frozen tofu salad with creamy sesame dressing

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  1. Remove tofu from the packaging. For step by step tutorial, please refer to this post.
  2. Discard any liquid from the packaging.
  3. Drain tofu – place the tofu on a plate or coriander to let the water drain out. (refer to note 2)
  4. Wrap the tofu with cling wrap or cheese cloth.
  5. Put the wrapped tofu inside a plastic bag, freezer bag or any container (as a form of support).
  6. Store the tofu in the freezer until it’s ready for use. It takes at least one day to freeze the tofu. For more chewy consistency, let it sit in the freezer for several days. Once frozen, the tofu will take on a yellowish hue.
  7. To use frozen tofu, run the tofu under tap water to remove the cling wrap/ cheese cloth. Thaw your tofu at room temperature. To speed this process, place the tofu on a stainless steel plate or pot. For an easier method, simply leave the frozen tofu in the refrigerator overnight. You can also immerse the tofu in boiling water or boil it to rehydrate the tofu.
  8. Once the tofu is thawed, gently press out any excess liquid using your palms or something flat.
  9. It can then be crumbled, sliced or diced depending on the recipe you want to use.


  1. Though you can freeze any types of tofu, the firm or extra firm (silken tofu) varieties are much easier to handle and work best.
  2. Please refer to THIS SOURCE for step by step tutorial. With little moisture, the tofu will have a great capacity to soak up flavour during braising or marinating. The time may range from 10-30 minutes depending how dense the texture you want.
  3. Tofu can be frozen up to five or six months as per source: HERE and HERE). I would prefer mine to be consumed within a month time.




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  1. MaryMoh says:

    This just looks so healthy! Love those frozen tofu. I love to cook them in sauce where it can absorb all the lovely flavour. Love those baby tomatoes. I just bought a packet this morning to add to salads.

  2. JJ says:

    Hi! Nice blog. I really enjoy your blog. Great recipes, easy to follow and great photos too. May I know what camera you use & what lens? Thanks.

    • food-4tots says:

      JJ: Thanks for your wonderful compliments!! I am using Olympus E520. Most of my photos are taken with 35mm (micro) and 40-150mm lens. πŸ˜‰

  3. Joanne says:

    I adore the texture of frozen tofu! More than that, though, I adore this dressing. Sounds fabulous!

  4. Ching @ LCOM says:

    You really got me intriguing, so I went ahead and freeze my firm tofu to test it out. πŸ˜€

  5. tigerfsh says:

    How coincidental! Just yesterday, I watched a cooking pgm about freezing tofu. It seems frozen tofu (after being thawed) absorbs marinade and seasoning really well.

  6. Alice says:

    This is so amazing! I will surely try it later…. πŸ˜€

  7. What a yummy salad recipe! I love the dressing. Must try that soon. I’ve heard of frozen tofu but haven’t done that yet either. Does it have the texture of agedofu? It kind of looks like it! But I imagine it has less oil. Thanks for posting. πŸ™‚

    • food-4tots says:

      Melissa: Thanks!! Hope it suits your palate. No, the texture is different than agedofu. It’s more chewy and spongy. Do give it a try. Happy trying!! πŸ˜‰

  8. amy says:

    These look amazing and super refreshing. What a great dish to have in the summer. I love all the vibrant colors in this salad. πŸ™‚

  9. I just read your tutorial on how to remove tofu from the box – thanks so much! Super useful tips.

    • food-4tots says:

      The Sudden Cook: It’s my pleasure to share. I find that it is easier to remove tofu from the packaging for Unicurd brand as compared to Fortune brand. Give it a try. πŸ˜‰

  10. I often freeze spicy tofu as it’s always packed in a large packet, that I can’t finish before it expires. So I’d freeze the rest once I open the packet. Great flavours retain.

  11. thank you for sharing, I honestly did not know about frozen tofu, wonderful dressing!

  12. This is so interesting! Thanks for the sharing, shall give that a try one day. And I’m still yet to make the 2nd try of the mushipan. Hopefully can try it out this weekend with your advices πŸ™‚

  13. noobcook says:

    I used to freeze tofu for my hamster but never tried to use the frozen ones for my cooking. Your salad looks beautiful, and I can’t really tell you’re using frozen tofu cubes.

  14. Now you make me curious if I had eaten any frozen tofu before…. I’ve never cooked it before, but I might had it somewhere else. I checked your sesame dressing and I love it! My son who is not big fan of salad started to eat when he has sesame dressing on it (what a great discovery!). I’m going to try making this dressing soon. THANKS!!

    • food-4tots says:

      Nami (JOC): Glad to know that you like this dressing. Hope it suits your son’s palate. Looking forward to hearing your feedback. Happy trying! πŸ˜‰

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