Not sure what you think about tofu? These 31 easy and DELICOUS tofu recipes will make you fall in love. With so much variation in taste and texture, tofu can be used to make just about any meal a little bit better.
Tofu gets a bad rap.
I’m not sure why, but people love to hate tofu. Some think it’s gross and tasteless. Others say it’s overly processed. And still, others argue that tofu is not healthy.
While I agree that tofu should not be considered a health food, I have never understood the concern that it is bad for you. There are plenty of non-GMO tofu options out there that are not overly processed and are high in protein, and low in calories. But I’m not going to get into a health argument for tofu since My Darling Vegan is not a health food blog, but I do 100% stand behind tofu and I think you should too!
Tofu comes in many different textures and is one of those delightful foods that has the versatility to be transformed into a hearty entree or a creamy custard. It works as egg, cheese, and meat replacers but that’s not all! Let’s take a look at these 31 easy tofu recipes and see if you can find one that makes you want to give tofu a try.
Types of Tofu
As I mentioned, there are many different types of tofu and understanding the distinction is critical in perfecting your tofu recipes. The first thing to note in the recipe does it call for regular or silken tofu.
Regular tofu is the most of the water-packed tofu on the market. It is in the refrigerator section as is used in recipes such as stir-fries, scrambles, and cutlets. Silken tofu, on the other hand, is a shelf stable product found usually in the international food aisle at most well-stocked grocery stores. Silken tofu has a creamier consistency than regular tofu making it a great egg replacement for custards, puddings, and cream pies.
When a recipe calls for silken, it is very important that you use that variety. If you can’t find it, you can buy it here.
Both silken and regular tofu come in soft, medium, firm, and extra firm textures. Make sure to stick to the recipe guidelines when choosing the correct tofu as these all have a huge impact of the overall texture of the recipe itself.
How to make the perfectly crispy tofu
Mastering perfect crispy tofu is key to enjoying your tofu in savory tofu-heavy recipes. There are several factors in getting the perfect crisp on your tofu. Buying the right kind of tofu, pressing it, and preparing it correctly are all key components.
While it’s not difficult to get the perfect crisp, it may take some time to master the art. That’s why I’ve created this step-by-step tutorial for How to Make Perfectly Crispy Tofu Every time. Make sure to take a look at it for recipes that call for crispy tofu.
Now, let’s take a look at the tofu recipes below.
Vegan Tofu Recipes
Tofu Recipe for breakfast
I love tofu for breakfast. Because of its variety of textures (silken, regular, firm, extra firm) and neutral flavor, tofu can take on the texture of eggs for perfect scrambles, quiches, and frittatas. Silken tofu can be blended together to create a creamy consistency for french toast or used as an egg replacer in pastries and pancakes.
- Greek Tofu Scramble
- Southwest Breakfast Burrito
- Shiitake and Caramelized Onion Quiche
- Huevos Ranchers
- Eggless Frittata
- Tofu Scramble Tater Tot Casserole
Tofu Appetizers & Snacks
You can also use tofu to make great snack food. You can bread it and eat it like fries, turn it into a vegan cheese, or blend it into your favorite dip or spread, tofu will take on the flavors around it and provide you with a creamy and delightful texture no matter the occasion.
Note when a recipe calls for silken tofu which is often the best option for most creamy dips and spreads.
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Watermelon and Marinated Tofu Feta Skewers
- Air fryer Popcorn Tofu
- Baked Tofu Fries
- Vegan French Onion Dip
- Sriracha Tofu Jerky
Tofu Lunch & Light Meals
Tofu makes a great meat substitute, too. I love a big slab of tofu on a BLT or Banh mi sandwich. Or toss it in a sauce and fry it up for delicious wings or fish sticks. This is when you can really start experimenting with tofu and using its neutral flavor to make just about anything you please.
- Tofu BLT with Avocado Mayo
- Vegan Egg Salad Sandwich
- Buffalo Tofu Wings
- Oven-Fried Fish and Chips
- Tofu Banh mi
- Vegan Caesar Salad
Tofu Main Dishes
Tofu makes an incredible protein alternative for dinner. You can eat tofu like a steak, mix it up and turn it into meatballs, or gently pan fry it and toss it in your favorite sauce. Tofu provides a healthy amount of protein that will fill you up without many calories and zero cholesterol. The perfect protein!
- Pan-Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce
- Meatless Lasagna
- Beet and Spinach Tart
- Ginger Glazed Tofu Meatballs
- Vegan Stuffed Jumbo Shells with Spinach
- Orange Glazed Tofu
- Tofu Bolognese
Tofu Dessert Recipes
Did you know you can even eat tofu for dessert? Silken tofu has a creamy consistency that can be blended with flavors and turned into puddings, custards, pies, ice cream, and so much more. It works as a binder and thickener similar to eggs. Make sure when you’re using tofu for dessert, you’ll always grabbing silken tofu.
- Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding
- Chocolate Chai Pot de Creme
- Meyer Lemon Bars
- Lemon Mousse
- French Silk Pie
- Banana Peanut Butter Protein Pudding
I hope that answers your questions about how to make delicious and wholesome vegan recipes using tofu. It’s truly wonderful food!
Written by Sarah McMinn