Homemade Tofu with Soy Milk! A Must-Have Recipe for Those Overseas!

Homemade Tofu with Soy Milk! A Must-Have Recipe for Those Overseas!

You can buy nigari at pharmacies easily, look for epsom salt. Just check if it is for consumption before purchasing. You don't need to ask your family or friends to send you heavy nigari water from Japan. You can easily make tofu with unsweetened soy milk from the supermarket (7.2% protein content is best).

Ingredients: 2 blocks worth

Soy milk
2000 ml (1 liter x 2)
Epsom salt
16 g (8 g x 2)
100 to 150 ml


1. Buy soy milk with 7.2% protein content at the supermarket or health food store.
2. Dissolve the epsom salt in 100 to 150 ml of water.
3. Add the salt solution little by little to the soy milk in a bowl. Stir gently and let it stand for 1 minute. At this point, you can see the mixture starting to separate. Microwave at 500 W for 12 minutes. After heating, pour the softly-set tofu into a mould. Microwave for another 2 minutes.
4. I bought a wooden mold for making 2 blocks in Japan. If you use a 1 block mold, you need a 1 liter carton of soy milk. For a 2 block-mold, use two 1 liter cartons.
5. Ladle the softly-set tofu into your mold lined with a cheese cloth or muslin.
6. Fold the excess fabric over and put a weight on the tofu to press down.
7. After draining, place the tofu wrapped in a cloth into water in a bowl to remove the excess epsom salt. You can omit this process if you like because the amount nigari won't make the tofu bitter. It is done!
8. Buy soy milk with 7.2% protein content.

Story Behind this Recipe

You can purchase processed tofu in paper cartons in the supermarkets but you can make fresh tofu with soy milk easily. I uploaded the recipe for those living abroad who cannot buy fresh tofu. You can use soy milk with 6% protein content but 7.2 % is better.