Tofu Recipes: Easy and Versatile

Sweet and Smoky Tofu or Tempeh Strips

Smoky tofu and tempeh

Savory, slightly sweet, and as spicy as you choose to make them, these delightfully flavored strips of tofu or tempeh are delicious in wraps and sandwiches. Or, just enjoy them on their own to bolster the protein content of meals. If you’d like to use both tofu and tempeh, as shown in the photo, double the amount of marinade. Cook each kind of protein separately, then arrange on a plate to serve.

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Sautéed Tofu with Green Veggies

Tofu with green veggies

Here’s a simple tofu dish I’ve been making for years. Tofu is sautéed in a skillet until it becomes golden and crispy, then combined with very lightly cooked veggies. The dish is then served with a choice of sauces, depending on your inclination — either a rich peanut sauce or teriyaki marinade. This is good served with brown rice or quinoa and a colorful salad or slaw — try it with Fruity Red Coleslaw. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
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Asian Noodles with Napa Cabbage, Mushrooms, and Tofu

Asian Noodles with Napa Cabbage, Tofu, and Mushrooms

This simple and delectable stir-fry of napa cabbage, mushrooms and tofu, augmented with Asian noodles, goes well with an easy slaw-style salad, and spring rolls from the freezer section of your natural foods store. It’s a great weekday meal, as the stir-fry can be accomplished in the time it takes to cook the noodles. Photos by Evan Atlas more→

Moroccan-Flavored Tofu with Apricots, Olives, and Almonds

Moroccan-Style Tofu with Apricots, Almonds, and Olives

Bursting with an offbeat combination of flavors—salty, sweet, mellow, and tart—this recipe is inspired by a classic Moroccan recipe. This is a wonderful choice for a vegan main dish for a Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) menu. Most of the original ingredients remain in this veganized recipe; the baked tofu stands in for the chicken customarily used in this dish. Don’t be daunted by the ingredient list; it’s an easy dish that comes together quickly and is also a feast for the eyes. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.


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Creamy Tofu Scramble with Kale and Pumpkin or Butternut Squash

Creamy Tofu Scramble with Kale and Butternut Squash

This recipe contributed by Ricki Heller, from Diet, Dessert and Dogs proves that you don’t need a ton of ingredients to create a flavorful recipe. This delicious and very pretty tofu scramble features pumpkin or butternut squash and kale, making it perfect seasonal fare for a super-quick dinner (providing that your pumpkin or squash is pre-baked; see VegKitchen’s tips here, brunch, or even a hearty breakfast. more→

Tofu Scramble with Jalapeño and Cilantro

Tofu scramble with cilantro

This delicious scrambled eggs-without-the eggs recipe works well for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night, any time you’re in the mood. Feel free to change up any vegetables with what’s fresh at your local farmers market. Recipe and photo by Ellen Kanner, who contributes Meatless Monday Musings to VegKitchen. If you’d like to serve this with the delicious slightly sweet quick bread depicted, here’s the recipe for Vegan Fig
and Walnut Bread.
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French Tofu Salad with Grapes

French Tofu Salad with Grapes

With crunchy almonds and sweet grapes, this elegant tofu salad sandwich will have you oooh-lala-ing. Using both fresh and dried herbs brings a complexity of flavor. It’s a perfect picnic sandwich and pairs wonderfully with a dry white vegan wine. Recipe contributed by Tamasin Noyes and Celine Steen from their book Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!* (Fair Winds Press, 2012).
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Tofu Pomegranate Pockets

Pomegrante Tofu Pocket

Savory tofu bits combine with pomegranate to make a palate-pleasing pita sandwich. The pomegranate seeds add texture and a tart sweetness, while the ume plum vinegar brings it all together. Recipe contributed by Tamasin Noyes and Celine Steen from their book Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!*(Fair Winds Press, 2012).  more→

Hoisin-Glazed Bok Choy with Tofu and Soba Noodles

hoisin-glazed bok choy with tofu and soba noodles from Wild About Greens

Here’s a quick, delicious dish of tofu and greens with a hint of citrus. For a dazzling plate, serve with a beet salad. Recipe from Wild About Greens;* photo by Gail Davis of Hungry Vegan more→

Spinach, Broccoli, and Tomato Scrambled Tofu

Broccoli and spinach veggie scrambled tofu

Here’s a colorful, veggie-filled tofu scramble that you can enjoy at any meal of the day. You can vary the veggies here according to mood and season. Replace spinach with arugula, kale or chard; substitute zucchini or cauliflower for the broccoli. Sliced mushrooms are always a good addition to scrambles, as well. Serve with fresh fruit and bread for a simple brunch or even an easy dinner. For a heartier meal, add a simple potato dish or baked sweet potato. more→

Scrambled Tofu Burritos

scrambled tofu burrito for lunch or dinner

These easy scrambled tofu burritos are excellent as a weekend brunch or breakfast; they also make a nice option for a quick dinner. Serve with a simple potato dish or fresh fruit, and a colorful salad. Photos by Rachael Braun.
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Spicy Tofu Triangles on a Cool Bed of Lettuce

Spicy Tofu Triangles on a Cool Bed of Lettuce

The contrast of warm, spicy triangles of pan-browned tofu with cool, crisp lettuce is quite enticing. Serve this easy tofu dish with a simply prepared brown rice, quinoa, or noodles, and a platter of raw veggies. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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