Pressing tofu removes excess water and makes it more firm. Flavor marinades may absorb more easily.
❁ Soft or silken tofu is too fragile to press well. Use it as is for creamy dishes like smoothies and dips.
❁ Frozen tofu will have an open texture with larger, visible holes. Press water out easily with clean hands. It absorbs marinades well.
❁ To press fresh medium to super-firm tofu, apply gentle, steady pressure:
Place tofu between layers of folded paper towels or clean dishtowels on a plate.
Cover with another flat plate to help distribute the weight.
Add enough weight to press out liquid without collapsing the tofu. A large can of food would work.
Let the tofu sit for 30 minutes or longer. Replace towels if needed.
Cut the tofu into desired pieces and use or freeze.