Tofu is a super versatile and healthy ingredient, but you have to know how to cook it, to make it delicious. Luckily, all these tofu recipes are get 5-star for “SO frickin delicious”, so get cooking!
Types of Tofu
Based on the density, you can choose from silken, soft, firm and extra firm tofu. Make sure that you choose the right one your recipe calls for.
What meals can I make with tofu?
Anything, really. From savory breakfast dishes like vegan scrambled eggs, vegan bacon to fried tofu nuggets, teriyaki tofu and sweet dishes like chocolate mousse and protein smoothies. The sky is the limit.
How do you make Tofu taste good?
Well, ‘good’ is relative. For me personally, the secret is LOTS of spices and a CRISPY exterior. Some people swear way pressing tofu, but to me that’s just a waste of time.
It’s really up to you. Keep experimenting and you’ll find your own ideal method.
If you’re starting out as a vegan, try this Garlic Teriyaki Tofu recipe. It’s a great recipe because it’s packed with protein and flavor. That’s right, this is the ideal meal for a busy weeknight! Save money and your health on takeout when you can have this instead.
Grilling season is here, and this recipe for Vegan BBQ Tofu Burgers is the easiest and most delicious vegan burger you’ll ever make. As far as veggie patties go, this one very well sets the bar. It’s insanely tasty and juicy, and it’s simple to make. The combination of the garlicky mayonnaise sauce, the crunchy fried onions, the tangy BBQ tofu, fresh, savory tomatoes, and lettuce is a flavor explosion in your mouth.
If you want a healthy, filling dinner that won’t break the wallet, this is it! It’s hearty and satisfying but also loaded with protein and rich in taste. The green beans in this dish steal the show, but the tofu and potatoes add a lot of bulk.
You won’t find a better recipe for vegan scrambled eggs than this one. It is Intensely scrumptious, protein-rich, entirely vegan, and healthy. Freshly baked bread makes the most fabulous toast for a hearty morning.
Your family will go wild over this quick and straightforward vegan dinner dish for Breaded Tofu with Parsley Potatoes. It is good enough for the most discerning palates! The various textures in this dish make for a delicious and satisfying meal. This dish has a lovely balance between soft potatoes and crispy tofu.
It’s a delicious and filling meal. This dish’s three primary flavors—sweet corn, smokey tofu bacon, and zesty avocado sauce—work together beautifully. Since liquid smoke already exists, you don’t have to worry about whether or not your tofu bacon will taste like the real thing.
7. Mapo Tofu
Vegetarian mapo tofu is just as simple as the meat version, and it retains the original dish’s brilliant mala umami. The best-tasting mapo tofu may be achieved using fresh Sichuan peppercorns and a premium Chinese Doubanjiang. You will want to eat this dish over and over again because of how delicious it is
BBQ tofu gets crispy in the oven and is quite hard to stop eating. Plus, it’s a cinch to prepare and works as well as an entree, side dish, or appetizer. Crispy and flavorful, this BBQ tofu is doused in a vegan BBQ sauce. Aside from being a fantastic appetizer, this dish may also be served as an entire course when paired with various vegan sides, such as fried rice or mashed potatoes.
The finest meal imaginable, cooked and presented exactly as you like it. Juicy zucchini fills this dumpling-style bun, which is pan-fried until it turns golden brown and is ready to eat. They’re simple to whip up and quite tasty to eat.
10. Spicy Fried Rice
Made entirely with plant-based ingredients, this spicy fried rice is a breeze to prepare and is topped with delicious, crispy pan-fried tofu. Robust tastes from Lao Gan Ma’s Spicy Chili Crisp Sauce, plus the flexibility to add vegetables, make this dish a winner. Try this recipe if you like your fried rice on the spicier side.
You won’t believe how “meaty” and flavorful these tofu skewers made in an air fryer are. They are marinated, then air-fried till golden and slightly charred on the edges, before being slathered in a thick miso butter sauce. Eat them with some crisp, crunchy vegetables and naan or soft, fluffy pita, and your taste buds will have a field day.
This dish is your passport if you want to take a culinary cruise to the Caribbean without leaving your kitchen. This recipe for Jamaican jerk tofu is perfect for a quick and flavorful weekday meal.
A simple vegan take on the classic Indian dish. Vegan Butter Chicken uses a unique technique that makes tofu taste remarkably like a chicken with minimal effort and time invested in preparation. It’s tofu, not chicken, but it’s not just any tofu. In fact, the tofu is baked in a particular method that brings out its natural chewiness.
Surprisingly, the flavorful Vegan Tofu Spread resembles egg salad. Wrapped with some paper-thin cucumber and radishes, it makes a healthy and tasty meal on its own or as an addition to toast or sandwiches. It’s adaptable and may be used in place of egg salad in a sandwich, as a dip for veggies, on toast for a tasty breakfast, or spread mainly on grain crackers for a simple and nutritious snack.
Vegetarian ramen that tastes even better than takeout can be made in only 30 minutes. To make something so profound out of a $1 bag of ramen noodles is simply remarkable. While most of us are trying to use cupboard staples, we could check out this versatile noodle.
16. Soft Tofu Stew
Take a trip to Asia with this vegan special and savor this Korean delicacy. The base is light but incredibly flavorful, and the gochujang adds just the right amount of heat.
17. Baked Tofu Steak
Serve your friends these impressively succulent blackened tofu steaks. This healthy vegan and gluten-free dinner are prepared with extra-firm tofu marinated in various sauces and spices before being grilled to perfection.
You know that eating salad is the best way to lose weight, that raw vegetables will keep you healthy and in peak physical condition, and that you will see results quickly. Tofu ranch dressing that is oil-free, nut-free, vegan, nutritious, and low-fat is all you need. Yes, you’ve found the perfect garment for your ideal outfit! And still, have every last drop of that delicious creaminess in one bowl.
In a nutshell, this is the ultimate vegan chicken parmesan! Use frozen and thawed tofu, marinade it in a flavorful broth of chicken and garlic, bread it, and bake it with a peppery crust for the perfect taste. Serve it with spaghetti and marinara sauce, or make a vegetarian chicken parm sub with more sauce and vegan mozzarella melted on top.
If you liked the original Spinach, Avocado, and Marinated Tofu Salad but wanted an upgrade, here it is, only better. A creamy roasted sesame and soy sauce is drizzled over this robust salad, including baby spinach, avocado, marinated tofu, carrot, red bell pepper, cucumber, and green onion. You may take this as a lunch to the office or school and feel good about it.
Here is another foolproof and delectable dish you can make in an air fryer. This healthy air fryer tofu dish is ideal for a fast snack or as the foundation of a satisfying dinner. With only a handful of ingredients, you can have delicious, crunchy tofu in no time.
When it comes to flavor, tofu acts like a tiny sponge, absorbing up and reflecting back any and all anything you throw at it. Even if it has a place in such flavorful soups, the primary point is to give a basic tofu marinade to the otherwise blank slate. If you want to add some protein and healthy fats to your recipe, tofu will blend seamlessly with any taste profile you’re going for.
23. Tofu Bacon
Here’s your new favorite way to get protein from plants. There’s no need to marinate. In other words, there is no requirement for baking. Five ingredients, counting the oil, are all needed to make this vegan bacon a vegan delight.
Crispy & Crunchy Vegan Chicken Nuggets, also known as Tofu Nuggets, are sure to satisfy your craving for chicken just as much as they did before you went vegan. They have the best texture and flavor owing to simple tricks, including marinating the tofu. You will need to include these in your weekly food plan.
25. Tofu Egg Salad
Tofu is an excellent substitute for eggs. This vegan egg salad answers your prayers for a quick, satisfying vegan lunch or snack.
Are you aware that you can prepare delicious hot and sour soup home with only a few ingredients? Anyone hankering for soup can put their search to rest with this recipe. It’s easy to make this soup vegetarian or vegan by substituting tofu for pork.
You will absolutely adore this vegan take on katsu curry, inspired by Japanese cuisine and featuring crispy breaded tofu and a creamy coconut curry sauce. The katsu curry made with tofu is absolutely mouthwatering. It is simple enough to prepare on a nightly basis throughout the week, yet it appears appropriate to present at a formal dinner party.
Infinite possibilities await those who experiment with rice paper. They are convenient because of their low-calorie count, absence of gluten, and long shelf life. Vegans and meat eaters alike will love these Crispy Air Fryer Rice Paper Dumplings. Try them with soy sauce or your preferred dipping sauce for the ultimate taste.
Pan-fried tofu simmered in a sweet-and-salty-and-spicy-and-flavorful sauce like this Spicy Korean Tofu in Gochujang Sauce is an excellent dish. This is a fantastic dish to try if you’re trying to cut back on your meat consumption.
If you like mushrooms—and I assume you do—you should try this rich and simple weeknight pasta dish made with tofu, garlic, and mushrooms. The Mori-Nu Silken Tofu used to make the sauce acts as a soft canvas across which the other incredible tastes can dance.
This vegan alternative to traditional Mexican chorizo is a great way to add the distinctive flavor of smoked, flavorful, toasted, and nutty chorizo to your favorite dishes. The prep time for this vegan chorizo is less than ten minutes. Thanks to the walnuts, this dish has a delightful richness, an incredible depth of flavor, a great texture, and a satisfyingly meaty earthiness.
Incredible flavor comes from this vegan feta cheese. It has all the characteristics of feta—cheesiness, saltiness, richness, and tanginess. This crumbles just like authentic feta, so if you sprinkle some on a Greek salad, no one will be the wiser.
33. Bahn Mi Sandwich
A delicious twist on the traditional Vietnamese banh mi, this tofu version is packed with flavor thanks to the addition of marinated tofu, herbs, and freshly picked vegetables. The banh mi sandwich, like all Vietnamese cuisine, is a celebration of fresh, vivid flavors.
Make your holiday celebrations extra special with this simple tofu turkey roast. Prepared by basting and baking a mixture of seasoned tofu and chickpea flour until it becomes firm and meaty. Stuffing the vegan roast with cauliflower mash or any gluten-free alternative will make this dish suitable for those avoiding wheat.
35. Orange Tofu
Easy to make and delicious, this vegan dish is an excellent substitute for orange chicken. You can use tofu roasted in the oven and glazed with a sweet and tart orange sauce until it is crunchy. It has a nice tang to it and is quite good.
All of the individual flavors come together to provide a dish that’s so tasty you’ll want to lick your fingers. You can make your own BBQ sauce with this Oven Baked BBQ Tofu over Kale Salad. This main dish salad has all the makings of a healthy meal: kale, corn, carrots, and, for the finishing touch, BBQ tofu cooked in a skillet with a velvety silken tofu ranch dressing.
Panda Express’ Eggplant Tofu is a delicious blend of fried eggplant, red peppers, and crispy tofu in a sweet and spicy sauce. Gluten-free and vegan! If you’ve been eyeing this recipe but have yet to find it at your local Panda Express, consider this your cue to try cooking it yourself! It requires little effort to prepare and uses inexpensive, commonplace ingredients.
When you want flavorful, golden, and easy-to-make tofu, go no further than this recipe. For dipping or incorporating in any dish calling for tofu, try this crispy baked tofu, which creates a golden coating around fast-marinated tofu cubes.
There is no cooking involved in simple dishes like this tofu avocado salad! And it’s protein and essential fats rich and can be made vegan.
Tofu ricotta is an incredible vegan alternative to traditional ricotta cheese. This vegan ricotta is an excellent substitute for regular ricotta in any dish that calls for it.
In less than 30 minutes, you may have a great meal that can be served hot or cold from a single pan. This kind of dish works as well for lunch the next day or as a light dinner on a weekday.
42. Vegan Ham
Make this gluten-free and tofu-based meatless marvel for your next special event! Prepared in a flash, this dish is savory and smoked to perfection. The greatest ham substitute is this vegan tofu ham, which is both sweet and savory, crispy and chewy, and has a subtle flavor of smoke and salt.
43. Kung Pao Tofu
This vegan Szechuan Kung Pao Tofu will blow your mind better than any Chinese takeout. The dish’s signature numbing spice comes from the Sichuan peppercorns, but the peanuts make it Kung Pao.
44. Tofu Tiramisu
Desserts only get a little more traditional than tiramisu. This vegan tofu version of tiramisu is traditional yet innovative. The main ingredients are vegan “mascarpone cheese” and cookies/sponges flavored with coffee.
Vegan brownies are surprisingly rich and fudgy, thanks to silken tofu. You can get all the nutrition you need without sacrificing flavor in these homemade vegan tofu brownies.
Tofu made from silken soybeans is the crucial ingredient in this vegan chocolate mousse pie, as it can be whipped to the perfect fluffy consistency. The most decadent silken tofu dessert ever, perhaps?
47. Key Lime Pie
Instead of the traditional key lime pie’s egg yolks and dairy, this recipe uses flaxseed and chia seeds for a vegan-friendly no-bake version. Protein-rich silken tofu makes this easy key lime pie recipe even better. It’s a fantastic summertime dessert; you will get the dairy.
Seeking a nutritious and delicious vegan breakfast to start your day, right? The protein, good fats, and deliciousness of this strawberry tofu smoothie cannot be overstated.
What are *your* favorite tofu recipes?
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- 0.35 lbs firm smoked tofu halved
- 2 tbsp BBQ sauce
- 1 tbsp BBQ spice mix salted
- 2 tbsp oil
- 8 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
- 4 tbsp plant milk
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- black pepper to taste
- Cover the halved tofu slices in the BBQ marinade and let them sit for 10 minutes. On medium heat fry the tofu.