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37 Easy Tofu Recipes Even Meat Lovers Can Get Behind

These delicious ideas for tofu will turn you into a total believer.

sweet and sticky tofu with baby bok choy recipe in a white pan
Danielle Occhiogrosso

It’s easy to become more plant-based when there are vegetarian tofu recipes for literally every meal of the day, dessert included (can a steak do that?). A versatile, soy-based bean curd, tofu is an excellent source of protein for vegetarian recipes or vegan recipes—yep, we included some vegan tofu recipes here too — and once you learn how to cook tofu properly, you’ll be adding it to your meals like it’s chicken. Tofu is like a blank canvas for flavors, whether you love ginger and garlic (try our Sweet and Sticky Tofu with Baby Bok Choy!) or spicy buffalo sauce (hello, Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites), it’s easy to tweak the taste to your preferences. With so many easy vegetarian and vegan recipes with tofu, you'll never have to go without a delicious, plant-based plate.

How to cook tofu

• Tofu comes in different densities, ranging from soft to extra-firm. Soft is better for purées or some soups and stews, while firm is better for frying and baking. It’s important to seek out the type of tofu that the recipe calls for.

• “Pressing” tofu helps extract excess moisture, which is essential for achieving crispiness. Wrap the tofu in a clean dish towel and place a heavy pan on top; let it drain as long as you can before proceeding with the recipe.

• Just like any cut of meat, you can marinate tofu for a major flavor boost. Just don’t leave it in the marinade for too long (an hour, tops!), or it will get soggy.

sweet and sticky tofu with baby bok choy   tofu recipes
Danielle Occhiogrosso
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Sweet and Sticky Tofu with Baby Bok Choy

Grab your best skillet and let this garlicky, ginger tofu dish come to life.

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crispy tofu bowl   tofu recipes
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Crispy Tofu Bowl

Fried slices of tofu add a satisfying crunch to this cucumber- and cashew-filled dish.

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tofu pad thai   tofu recipes
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Tofu Pad Thai

Forget takeout: This sweet and spicy dish takes just 20 minutes to whip up.

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simple green curry   tofu recipes
Bryan Gardner
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Simple Tofu Green Curry

Packed with flavor and protein, this green curry will be a family favorite. Trust.

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soba salad with grilled tofu   tofu recipes
Mike Garten
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Soba Salad with Grilled Tofu

Bring this chilled soba salad to work if you want to inspire major lunch envy.

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low calorie meals miso spinach noodles
Mike Garten
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Miso Spinach Noodles

Hope you aren't sick of noodles because this ramen is calling your name.

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air fryer tofu
Erik Bernstein
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Air Fryer Tofu

Air fried until crispy and tossed in a rich, spicy sauce, this is tofu-meets-comfort food. Yum!

Get the recipe from Delish »

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Tofu Broccoli Bowl - Tofu Recipes
Con Poulos
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Tofu Broccoli Bowl

For a lean (and green!) option, try this honey mustard-glazed tofu and veggie bowl.

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asian tofu with baby bok choy
CHRISTOPHER TESTANI
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Asian Tofu with Baby Bok Choy

Drizzle tofu with chili garlic sauce and roast for a sweet n' spicy supper.

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tofu tomato and zucchini kebabs
hector sanchez
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Tofu, Tomato and Zucchini Kebabs

When pressed of excess moisture, tofu turns charred and smoky on the grill.

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baked tofu
june xie
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Baked Tofu

Tofu slathered with garlic-ginger marinade tastes better than any chicken.

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tofu tacos with romaine slaw
Erika LaPresto
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Tofu Tacos with Romaine Slaw

Tofu is about to become your new go-to taco filling.

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chipotle tofu and pineapple skewers
Andrew Bui
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Chipotle Tofu and Pineapple Skewers

Sweet, caramelized pineapple is the perfect partner to extra-spicy tofu.

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cucumber gazpacho with watermelon and mint
Con Poulos
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Cucumber Gazpacho with Watermelon and Mint

Silken tofu adds body to this summery soup.

Get the recipe from Country Living »

tofu stir fry
Bryce Johnson
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Tofu Stir-Fry

Keep things simple with this tofu- and veggie-loaded skillet.

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tofu banh mi
JOSLYN BLAIR
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Tofu Banh Mi with Soy Sauce and Sriracha

Once you prep your tofu, these sandwiches are SO quick and easy to make. Plus, you have the freedom to pick your favorite greens and veggies.

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peanut butter tofu stir fry   tofu recipes
Joslyn Bilar
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Peanut Butter Tofu Stir-Fry

Get out of your stir-fry rut with this easy-to-make option. It has peanut butter and soy sauce to give it added creaminess.

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classic tofu scramble
Andrew Bui
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Classic Tofu Scramble

Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and packed with flavor, we don't miss the eggs.

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mapo tofu
The Woks of Life
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Mapo Tofu

Learn how to make this classic Sichuan dish of silken tofu, ground pork, scallion and Sichuan peppercorns. Leave out the pork if you're vegetarian!

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tikka masala   vegan recipes
Ambitious Kitchen
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Slow Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala

This warm, cozy dish is made with lots of veggies and spices, and it pairs perfectly with a side of yogurt. (But if you serve it with naan bread or grains instead, it'll be completely vegan!)

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen »

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money bag dumplings
The Woks of Life
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Money Bag Dumplings

These delicious, stuffed dumplings can be made with tofu skin or soaked tofu sheets instead of dumpling wrappers for an extra hit of protein.

Get the recipe from The Woks of Life »

Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites - Tofu Recipes
Courtesy of Killing Thyme
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Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites

These buttery, flavorful bites, paired with a tangy, garlicky yogurt sauce are sure to become a go-to Super Bowl recipe in any home.

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spicy sofritas veggie bowl   tofu recipes
Courtesy of Pinch of Yum
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Spicy Sofritas Veggie Bowl

It's like Chipotle, but you get to pick your base, protein, and toppings right in your kitchen.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum »

Double-Dredged Spicy Miso Tofu - Tofu Recipes
Olives For Dinner
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Double-Dredged Spicy Miso Tofu

Move over sesame chicken. These spicy sauce-drenched bites are tofu at its very best.

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Best Vegan Tofu Spinach Dip - Tofu Recipes
Courtesy of Delicious Techniques
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Best Vegan Spinach Dip

Soft tofu is the secret ingredient that makes this vegan spinach dip taste like the real thing. Your cheese-loving friends won't even know the difference.

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general tso tofu recipe
Jessica in the Kitchen
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General Tso Tofu

Crispy tofu coated in a sweet and tangy sauce is total vegetarian comfort food.

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tofu avocado salad
The Woks of Life
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Tofu Avocado Salad

This no-cook recipe gets drizzled with a tangy Asian dressing that you won't be able to get enough of.

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Crispy Vegetable Tofu Dumplings - Tofu Recipes
Courtesy of Jessica Gavin
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Crispy Vegetable Tofu Dumplings

Crispy bottoms or bust. That's our dumpling motto.

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Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Pie - Tofu Recipes
Courtesy of Minimalist Baker
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Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Pie

So now that you've seen the savory things tofu can do, may we introduce you to its sweet side? This dreamy peanut butter cup pie has tofu to thank for its irresistible silkiness.

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Tofu Chilaquiles - Tofu Recipes
Courtesy of Minimalist Baker
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Simple Tofu Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles are the best excuse to eat tortilla chips for breakfast and while they are usually topped with eggs, we've got our eyes on this tofu version with a five-ingredient chipotle sauce.

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