Tofu Recipes

A staple in Asian cuisine, tofu is made from curdled soy milk and is usually shaped into the distinctive blocks commonly seen in supermarkets. Mild in taste and perfect fried or baked for a light snack, tofu has an affinity to absorb flavors once it's liquid has been pressed out. A great addition to stir-fries, soups, curries, and salads, you're bound to fall in love with these flavorful tofu recipes!

Staff Picks

Roasted Cherries with Tofu "Panna Cotta"

A quick turn in the oven with honey and lemon juice brings out the flavor of fresh sweet cherries. Serve with luscious, custardy steamed tofu -- no molding or chilling required for this healthy dessert!

Gingery Tofu Ramen Bowls

What is more satisfying than a big bowl of ramen noodles? This vegetarian bowl is packed with crispy tofu that brings both protein and flavor to the table after it's crisped and coating in a tamari-maple sauce. The same tamari mixture is then blended with creamy nut butter of your choice to create a silky sauce that coats the noodles. 

Tofu Egg Scramble with Avocado

Start your day with this protein-packed plate and you won't reach for sweet snacks before lunch.

Crispy Fried Tofu

Sriracha mayo is the perfect partner for this protein-packed alternative to french fries.

Soba-Noodle Bowl with Tofu

Everyone will adore the combination of cold soba noodles, gingery asparagus, and luscious steamed tofu in this quick and easy dinner that's vegan to boot.

Ginger-Lemongrass Broth with Noodles, Silken Tofu, and Broccoli

Cozy up with this warming, Southeast-Asian-inspired soup that features a lemongrass-scented broth, silken tofu, and tender noodles. To ward away any sign of a cold, a serving of vitamin C-packed broccolini is stirred in at the end.

"Barbecued" Tofu

Rating: 3.5 stars 57
For genuine BBQ flavor, couple this spicy tofu with crunchy slaw and serve as a sandwich or wrapped in a large leaf of lettuce with sliced tomato and red onion.

Hot and Sour Soup with Tofu

Rating: 3.5 stars 163
In this Chinese soup recipe, an egg is stirred in at the end to form tiny ribbons. For more flavor, add a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil just before serving.Note: Be sure to drain the tofu thoroughly before adding it to the soup so it will soak up the flavor of the broth.

Lemon Cream with Blackberries

Rating: 3.5 stars 81
Silken tofu makes this dessert smooth, while fresh lemon juice adds a burst of tart flavor.

Vegetable and Tofu Pad Thai

Rating: 3.5 stars 168
Make this healthy version of the tasty Thai classic in less time than it takes to have it delivered. If you have fish sauce and aren't a strict vegetarian, substitute it for the soy sauce. It will give the dish deeper flavor.

Crumbled-Tofu-and-Shiitake Lettuce Cups

A plant-based mixture of tofu and shiitakes gets an extra savory boost from hoisin sauce in this fresh weeknight dinner. Load the umami-rich mixture into lettuce cups with rice, top with peanuts, and you've got a vegan meal you'll want to make on repeat. 

Chinese Corn-and-Mushroom Soup

To make an egg-drop version of this soup, beat two eggs in a bowl and slowly drizzle them into the simmering broth just before serving.

Inspiration and Ideas

22 Delicious, Satisfying Tofu Recipes to Get You Out of Your Usual Cooking Routine
Tofu is a high-protein, low-fat, vitamin-and-mineral-rich food that's made by curdling soy milk, much as regular milk is curdled to make mozzarella. An extremely versatile ingredient, tofu can take on so many different flavors and be cooked in many different ways—as you'll see in this collection of tofu recipes.  Sure it can be the star of dinner, a main dish that's vegan or vegetarian such as a stew, salad, soup, or noodle dish, but you'll also find stellar tofu recipes that include ground pork and other meats. And don't overlook it for dessert, our collection includes a sweet where tofu brings creamy dairy-free deliciousness. Last but definitely not least, consider tofu recipes at breakfast, because there's a French toast that's not to be missed.
Tofu with Ginger-Cilantro Sauce
A quick vegan main that will satisfy meat eaters too. Brushed with a zesty cilantro, jalapeno, ginger, and lime sauce this tofu just needs a short stint on the grill. This recipe comes from Martha Stewart's Grilling: 125+ Recipes for Gatherings Large and Small.
Soy-Maple Broiled Tofu with Broccoli
Rating: 3 stars 24

Broiling tofu with a soy-maple sauce ensures that it's extra sticky, sweet and savory -- never bland.