Tofu Recipes: Easy and Versatile

Simple Stir-Fried Tofu with Spring Greens

Tofu and bok choy stir-fry recipe

This easy stir-fry highlights fresh, quick-cooking spring greens, combined with tofu. See the note below for suggestions on which leafy greens to use; you can vary it each time. My favorite is baby bok choy! more→

Tofu Eggless Egg Salad

Tofu eggless "egg salad"

Tofu Eggless “Egg” Salad is one of our favorite vegan food transformations. Made with firm tofu and vegan mayonnaise instead of hard-boiled eggs and eggy mayo, this a treat on fresh bread or stuffed into pita. You can also dollop it onto a green salad for extra protein. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Classic Vegan Tofu Quiche with Millet Crust

Classic Tofu Quiche

The beauty of this vegan tofu quiche recipe is its versatility — as long as the volumes stay the same, you can use pretty much any vegetables in place of those listed. Millet makes a study, gluten-free crust. Recipe and photo contributed by Ricki Heller. more→

Citrus-Roasted Tofu

Citrus-roasted tofu

Tofu fans will love the sprightly citrusy flavors that permeate this elegant presentation, and it just might make converts from those who are new to tofu dishes. Easy enough to make for an everyday meal, this is also special enough to serve as a holiday main dish. The carrots, citrusy flavors, and fresh herbs make it a wonderful choice for Easter dinner. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

Serves: 6 to 8

  • Two 14- to 16-ounce tubs extra-firm tofu

Orange marinade

  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • Several grindings of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 to 10 baby carrots, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced, optional
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Preheat the oven to 425º F.

Cut each block of tofu into 8 slices (about 1/2-inch thick) crosswise. Blot well between several layers of paper towel or clean tea towel.

Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a small mixing bowl and whisk together.

Arrange the tofu in a single layer on a parchment-lined roasting pan. Spoon the marinade generously over the surface of the tofu. Roast for 15 minutes, or until the tofu begins to turn golden.

Carefully flip the tofu with a spatula, and spoon more marinade over the surface (you will likely have a bit left over). Roast for 15 minutes longer, or until the tofu is firm and golden.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small skillet. Add the carrots, garlic, almonds,  and sauté over medium heat, stirring frequently, until both are golden. Remove from the heat.

When the tofu is done, transfer to a rectangular or oval serving platter or two, depending on their size, with the slices slightly overlapping one another. Sprinkle the carrot-almond mixture evenly over their surface, followed by a sprinkling of parsley. Serve at once, passing around the additional marinade to those who’d like more of it.

Creamy Broccoli and Tofu Skillet

Creamy Tofu and Broccoli Skllet

A mild, comforting skillet dish that never fails to delight, this combination of broccoli, bell pepper, and baked tofu is on the table in less than 30 minutes. Serve over cooked brown rice, quinoa, or other grain of your choice, if you’d like, or accompany with baked sweet potatoes. Round out the meal with a salad or a platter of raw veggies and dip. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Kung Pao Broccoli and Tofu

kungpaotofu

Sometimes I get unexplainable cravings for a spicy stir-fry. The last time the hankering hit, I checked the fridge to find I had a tub of tofu and plethora of broccoli, so Kung Pao Tofu happened. This recipe is based on a Kung Pao Vegetable dish I posted a few years ago. Contributed by Dianne Wenz, from VeggieGirl. more→

Tofuna Salad or Sandwich Spread

"Tofuna" - tuna-style tofu sandwich spread

This sandwich spread is so simple, yet every time I make it, it disappears quickly. Even tofu skeptics love it. Since all you really need for this is the first three ingredients, it hardly qualifies as a recipe, and you won’t even need to consult this after you make it once. The last two ingredients, though entirely optional, are highly recommended. If I’m having guests for lunch or brunch on weekends, I often make a batch of this as an extra, no matter what else I’m serving. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Singapore-Style Tofu Yellow Curry with Rice Noodles

Singapore-style rice noodles

Characteristic of some Southeast Asian cuisines is the overlapping of Asian and Indian influences. This is true here in this tasty and pleasantly offbeat noodle dish that is seasoned with both soy sauce and curry. Fine Asian rice noodles are now available in a whole grain variety. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Tofu Chocolate Pudding

Dairy-free tofu chocolate pudding recipe

Three ingredients (plus two optional ones) add up to a delightful dairy-free chocolate pudding. Silken tofu is a great base for pudding — it has just the right consistency, and it spares you from bothering with a flour-thickened sauce, which tends to scorch and lump. more→

Barbecue-Flavored Tofu Nuggets

Baked Barbecue-Flavored Tofu Nuggets

This is so simple that it barely qualifies as a recipe! But it is invariably a huge hit, and makes believers out of tofu skeptics. It can be served as a simple protein dish on the dinner plate, or as a hot appetizer with cocktail toothpicks. Of course, if you use VegKitchen’s recipe for Quick Vegan Barbecue Sauce, this becomes more than a 3-ingredient recipe, but since I’ve never found a prepared BBQ sauce I’ve been too impressed with, I like to take the few extra moments to make my own. more→

Stir-Fried Greens with Napa Cabbage and Tofu

Stir-fried-greens with tofu and napa cabbage

Napa cabbage combines nicely with darker leafy greens, adding a lighter texture and flavor as well as visual interest. This dish comes very close to being downright addictive. It’s an amped-up variation of Stir-Fried Chard with Napa Cabbage from Wild About Greens,with tofu added, and the flexibility of using whichever kinds of greens are most abundant in your garden or at the farm market. Serve with (or over) a simple noodle or grain dish and a bright, colorful salad. more→

Easy Curried Sweet Potatoes and Tofu

Easy Curried Sweet Potatoes and Tofu

Once you have your sweet potatoes ready, this delicious curried combo made with tofu and greens comes together quickly. Serve with cooked quinoa or couscous or a fresh flatbread, and a simple salad of tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers. Stir some coconut yogurt and chopped cilantro into the salad to make it almost like a raita, a perfect accompaniment!

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