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.
Fried slices of tofu add a satisfying crunch to this cucumber- and cashew-filled dish.
Forget takeout: This sweet and spicy dish takes just 20 minutes to whip up.
Packed with flavor and protein, this green curry will be a family favorite. Trust.
Bring this chilled soba salad to work if you want to inspire major lunch envy.
Hope you aren't sick of noodles because this ramen is calling your name.
For a lean (and green!) option, try this honey mustard-glazed tofu and veggie bowl.
Drizzle tofu with chili garlic sauce and roast for a sweet n' spicy supper.
Tofu slathered with garlic-ginger marinade tastes better than any chicken.
Tofu is about to become your new go-to taco filling.
Sweet, caramelized pineapple is the perfect partner to extra-spicy tofu.
Silken tofu adds body to this summery soup.
Keep things simple with this tofu- and veggie-loaded skillet.
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.
Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and packed with flavor, we don't miss the eggs.
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!
These delicious, stuffed dumplings can be made with tofu skin or soaked tofu sheets instead of dumpling wrappers for an extra hit of protein.
It's like Chipotle, but you get to pick your base, protein, and toppings right in your kitchen.
Move over sesame chicken. These spicy sauce-drenched bites are tofu at its very best.
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.
This no-cook recipe gets drizzled with a tangy Asian dressing that you won't be able to get enough of.
Crispy bottoms or bust. That's our dumpling motto.
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.
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.