Turmeric and Cumin Seared Tofu

Some days I just crave tofu. That has to sound as ridiculous to you and is it does to me, but I really mean this. Tofu is something that I have loved since I was a child, so it always brings me airs of nostalgia along with it.

Tofu can be transformed into just about anything that you want it to. It doesn’t have much of a flavor on its own, so you can really get creative with spices/herbs/rubs and completely transform tofu.

For a long time we were told, as women, that we should not consume too much soy. I could not be happier to have found out and to share with you, that this theory has been debunked! Consuming soy has actually proven to be beneficial for our health. Soy has even shown to help reduce the risk of cancer. I suggest you do the research to see the new findings from the past few years if you have any hesitations on eating soy!

If you are like me though and born and raise a tofu lover, this recipe is for you! It is extremely simple but has such a warm and delicious flavor. As I have mentioned in my other recipes involving tofu, the key to cooking tofu is to dry the tofu a bit first. That means, cover your tofu with paper towels and let the towel soak up some of the excess water. This will allow your tofu to crisp up and get a nice browning on all sides.


  • 1/2 of a package of tofu (can use the whole if cooking for a group)
  • turmeric powder
  • cumin powder
  • garlic powder
  • coarse salt and pepper to taste


To begin, slice your tofu into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Then use paper towels to wrap your tofu and soak up excess water. Let the tofu sit in the paper towels for about 5 minutes.

Then, lightly sprinkle your tofu with turmeric, cumin, garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub these spices into the tofu and repeat this on all sides of the tofu slices. These spices will help build a little crust on the tofu and will crisp up when seared in the skillet.

Once your tofu is covered with your spice mix, place a large skillet on medium/high heat. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into the skillet. When the oil is hot, carefully place each slice of tofu into the skillet. Let the tofu cook for 3 minutes on each side. Try your best not to move the tofu around while it is cooking. Letting it stay in one position will help the slices to crispy up more evenly. Flip your tofu as many times as you need to achieve desired browning on each side.

When the tofu is browned to your liking you can remove it from the heat. This tofu would be great over rice, noodles, stir fry veggies, or a salad. Or just grab a fork and eat it as is! I hope you enjoy this tofu recipe as much as I do!

Look out tomorrow at 12:30 pm for the salad that I put this delicious tofu slices on!  

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