Edamame Tofu: Easy to Make with Frozen Edamame


Edamame tofu is named tofu, but it hardens in a different way than tofu.


Firming with Gelatin

On the other hand, this Edamame Tofu uses gelatin to harden. It is the same as jelly.
Gelatin is sold in powder or plate form, but they are both the same thing, just in different forms. Gelatin is obtained from the collagen found in animals and plants. It is mainly a protein made up of many amino acids connected together.

Gelatin is made up of a mesh of proteins. When gelatin is placed in water and heated, the proteins in the gelatin loosen and move freely. To our eyes, the gelatin has dissolved in the hot water.
When it is cooled, the proteins come together again in a network. At this time, water molecules are trapped between the proteins, so it hardens into a jelly.

Heating is Prohibited

Using gelatin to harden edamame tofu is very easy to do, but there is one thing to keep in mind. Even once the gelatin has set, it will melt again when heated. This means that if you heat up the edamame tofu or put it in hot dishes, it will melt. Edamame tofu is for cold tofu only.


Edamame Tofu Hardened with Gelatin: Easy to Make with Frozen Edamame

This recipe for Edamame Tofu is easy to make using frozen edamame. I use soy milk and gelatin so that it can be made overseas.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Rest After Cook1 hr
Servings4 people
  • Edamame (frozen, peeled) 100 g
  • soy milk 250 g
  • dashi powder 1 tsp
  • water 50 g
  • gelatin 5 g
Electronic scales
Measuring spoon
Heat-resistant container
Hand blender
  • You can use 100g net edamame with pods.
  • You can use either powder or sheet gelatin.
  • Use soy milk that does not contain sweetener.
If you make the edamame fine enough, you don’t need to strain it.
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