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!

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Vegetable and Tofu Pad Thai

Rating: 3.62 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.

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.

Hot and Sour Soup with Tofu

Rating: 3.56 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.

Tofu-Tomatillo Stew

For a meatless main that is worthy of your next vegetarian night, try this Mexican-inspired stew that swaps the usual pork or chicken for crispy spiced tofu. 

Tofu Chocolate Mousse

Rating: 3.55 stars 130
This smooth, chocolately dessert is made with silken tofu, which is usually sold in vacuum-packed, shelf-stable containers in the Asian-food section of grocery stores.

Vibrant-Green Broccoli Curry

This plant-based powerbowl is an excellent source of calcium thanks to the additions of tofu and broccoli. A handful of chopped cilantro and lime-pickled chile peppers lend zip and brightness to the creamy coconut-based broth. 

Miso Soup with Tofu, Spinach, and Carrots

In ancient China, the soybean was considered to be one of five sacred grains, along with barley, millet, rice, and wheat. Here, in the form of tofu, the soybean shines with a little help from miso, spinach, carrots, and scallions.

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.

Tofu and Broccoli Stir Fry

Rating: 3.36 stars 121
This vegetarian, broccoli tofu stir-fry is delicious over brown rice or noodles.

Vegan Banana French Toast

Silken tofu and almond milk give this easy vegan French toast its creamy, custardy texture. A double dose of bananas makes a sweet start to the day. This breakfast recipe works best with day-old bread. If using a fresh baguette, let soak in custard for half the time.

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.

All-Purpose Baked Tofu

Even the most hardened tofu-skeptics will love the just-off-the-rotisserie flavor of these baked bites. They make a great substitute for chicken in this Winter Cobb Salad, and are tasty in sandwiches and grain bowls, too.

Inspiration and Ideas

Delicious, Satisfying Tofu Recipes to Get You Out of Your Usual Cooking Routine
From chili to ramen, this protein-packed ingredient is so much more than an alternative to meat. Here, learn how to use it in a variety of different dinner-worthy recipes. We even have ideas for using tofu as the star ingredient in breakfast, sides, and desserts.
Miso Soup with Tofu and Kale
Kale, ginger, garlic, and soybeans, in the form of miso and tofu, combine to lend flavor and nutrients to a delicate soup.

Winter Cobb Salad

Savory tamari-laced tofu and crispy shiitake mushrooms take the place of chicken and bacon in this vegetarian spin on a classic cobb salad. Kale is used as the green home base, and in addition to the plant-based proteins mentioned, it gets topped off with the usual suspects of creamy avocado, cherry tomatoes, hard-cooked eggs, and blue cheese.