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How to Press Tofu - How to Drain Tofu


How to Press Tofu - How to Drain Tofu

Many of the recipes you'll find on this site and in vegetarian cookbooks call for pressed tofu. This simple process removes excess moisture, allowing more flavor to be absorbed while cooking.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 20 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Layer your cutting board or bowl with two layers of towels and place tofu on towels as shown in picture.
  2. Place tofu on board or in bowl.
  3. Lay a fresh towel on top of tofu.
  4. Gently press down on towel to remove any initial water.
  5. Remove damp towel and place two layers of fresh towels on top of tofu.
  6. Carefully place a bowl or other weight on top of towels to press down on tofu.
  7. Let sit for at least fifteen minutes.


  1. Freezing tofu is another easy way to remove moisture, but will change the texture of the tofu.
  2. To remove even more moisture, change the towels and allow to sit another fifteen minutes.
  3. Pressing tofu is also sometimes called draining.

What You Need:

  • tofu
  • cutting board or wide, shallow bowl
  • paper towels or kitchen cloths
  • weight


Ready to start cooking with tofu? Here are some easy vegetarian tofu recipes to try, or, if you've stocked up on silken tofu, here's some recipes using silken tofu only.

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