15 Easy Tofu Recipes
Tofu has a bad reputation for being fussy to prepare. Between pressing, marinating, and actually cooking it, tofu can feel like more hassle than it's worth. But you'll quickly have a change of mind after trying one of these ultra easy tofu recipes. Featuring minimal steps, but with plenty of bold flavor, you'll be able to whip up tofu for dinner with ease.
Vegan Tofu Tacos
Featuring spicy adobo seasoning, tangy lime juice, and cheesy nutritional yeast flakes, these tofu tacos are bursting with flavor. The recipe serves the tofu filling in a Swiss chard leaf, but feel free to sub in corn or flour tortillas for a more traditional taste.
Say goodbye to skimpy salads. In this protein-packed recipe tofu is marinated in a trio of chili sauce, sesame oil, and soy sauce, then tossed with crisp-tender snow peas, shredded veggies, and crushed peanuts.
This recipe uses seasoned nutritional yeast as a coating, creating a crispy golden-brown coating on each piece of tofu. Serve as a main dish, or snack on these slices with your favorite dipping sauce.
Tofu Vegetable Pot Pie
Utilizing a pre-made crust and frozen veggies, you'll have to put little effort into this stick-to-your-ribs dinner. Tofu takes the place of traditional chicken, served in a creamy garlic gravy.
The hardest thing about this recipe is patience. Tofu is put in the freezer for 72 hours to freeze solid, creating an extra firm and chewy texture. It's then mixed with vegetables, Cheddar, and spices to fry up into wow-worthy veggie burgers.
Tofu Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce
Chopped tofu teams up with spinach and red bell peppers in a spicy peanut sauce. This vegan recipe is great served over freshly steamed rice or rice noodles.
Deviled Eggless Salad
You'll have a hard time telling the difference between actual egg salad and this tofu-based recipe. Simply pulse all the ingredients together in a food processor and you're ready to serve it over salads, in sandwiches, or with crackers.
Protein-Packed Vegetarian Fried Rice
Skip the takeout and instead make this simple fried rice recipe at home. It has plenty of protein thanks to tofu, eggs, and spinach.
Baked in an Asian-inspired garlic-ginger sauce, this tofu is equally delicious when served hot or cold. Bake up a batch over the weekend to have it on hand during the work week for easy stir-fries, salads, and sandwiches.
Tofu Pasta Salad
Whether you're planning a picnic or want to make a vegan-friendly dish for a potluck, this pasta salad will get the job done. Each bite is packed with pieces of tofu, tomato, and carrots in an herb-infused sauce.
Grilled Tofu Skewers with Sriracha Sauce
Get a double dose of spice and smoke with these hearty grilled tofu skewers. The marinade of sriracha, soy sauce, and sesame oil permeates the tofu and veggies for plenty of heat and flavor.
Popular across East Asia, egg fried tofu is one of those dishes that you'll probably always have the ingredients for. Thin slices of tofu are quickly dipped into beaten eggs and fried up until crispy, then served with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce.
Tofu Creamed Spinach
Get sneaky with your tofu preparation by throwing together this tasty side dish. "A good alternative to higher-fat versions of creamed spinach, silken tofu is pureed with milk, cheese, and seasonings, then added to spinach sautéed with onions and garlic," explains recipe creator Libby. "Serve it to anyone, and don't tell them there's tofu in it until they've already eaten some."
Tofu 'Fish' Fillet Sandwiches
A sprinkling of kelp powder and a dollop of tartar sauce are what gives this tofu sandwich its fishy flavor. If you want a firmer texture, many reviewers suggest freezing and then thawing your tofu first.
Recreate a beloved Indian restaurant dish at home with this simple recipe. Tofu and fresh vegetables are served up in a creamy sauce made of vindaloo curry paste, coconut milk, and tomato paste. Serve over rice or with naan for soaking up the extra sauce.