Other than microwaving, you could also toss it in a stirfry to warm it and to add seasoning. It is never quite the same as when fresh, but since it can sometime end up a bit soggy, frying will usually crisp it up nicely.
Eating it plain is always nice, though. It is a good "mic it and go" food
Edit to add that:
When I was vegan I used to cut fried tofu into smaller pieces, warm it, and serve it with frites and veg sauce as a makeshift poutine. Most I know found it disgusting. Just an idea, though
It also makes an AWESOME faux chicken salad: slice it into thin strips, mix it with mayonaise or vegenaise, a dribble of lemon juice, bits of red pepper, celery and red onion, little celery salt and have tasty sandwiches.
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I hate the texture of tofu unless it is fried. And it took me a long time to finally get the texture right, but with some tips from my friends mom (who owns/runs a vegan cafe and has been vegan for 40 years) I got it down. Here's what you need: 1 block of Extra Firm Tofu (I find that the brand Silken works best) Enough of your favorite oil (olive, peanut, sunflower) to cover the bottom of your pan. About a half hour of your time.
Put the oil in the pan, and turn the heat on med/high. Let the oil heat up until you see little whisps of smoke rise from the pan. Now add your tofu. --Cooking time will completely depended on how big you cut it up. For fried tofu for sandwiches I cut 1/4 inch pieces straight down the block, for stir fry I dice it up.-- Once you add the tofu to the pan, DON'T MESS WITH IT. OR THE HEAT. The more you screw around with the tofu the more you are going to break it up and not all of it is going to brown right. So just resist temptation and leave it alone. After about 15-20 minutes, check on your tofu. It should be shinking in size and you should be able to see it if the pan side is done, if not, you may now check to see if you need more time. It should look bubble-y almost and a golden brown color. Now flip it to the other side. The other side will take less time to cook. So keep an eye on it. After both sides are the same color and are done you might be disappointed in just how little tofu it looks like you have. Don't be, it's supposed to do that. Now if you are making a stir fry, just add it in the same time you would the meat and put some sauce in there and Voila! If you are making a sandwich wait until it cools, get some good bread and add some lettace, grated carrots and nayonaise and enjoy.
PS. It is my feeling that you must take everything in moderation. Including moderation. So if you feel that eating fried tofu is defeating its purpose, who cares!? As long as you are eating a basically heathy diet it's okay to eat 'bad' for a little bit, even though I can think of many other things that are worse for you then fried tofu.
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