Plant-Based Eating

50 Tofu Recipes You Haven’t Thought Of!

Every vegan food blogger probably has at least one post on Tofu recipes. Say what you want, but tofu is a staple in the vegan community. A mild tasting fermented block, it is a versatile protein source for recipes.

Tofu seems to have a lot of myths around it, and whether or not it should be consumed. Who could forget that classic rumor of men getting Tofu Titties and how soy products increase your estrogen levels, causing your hormones to go out of wack. Tofu does contain very weak levels of plant-based estrogen called phytoestrogens, but research has shown no changes to hormone levels. In fact, studies have shown men who consume tofu actually have a lower risk of prostate cancer (source). And if you’re still worried about estrogen in your food, well maybe lay off the animal products, because those definitely have it.

There is also a popular debate on if soy products interfere with proper thyroid function. The thyroid is an important gland for helping with metabolism. This myth was first brought up in the 1960s, and since then, multiple studies have disproven the supposed link between soy products and thyroid control (source). If you are concerned about your thyroid, make sure to get your recommended daily amount of Iodine, which is the number one nutrient in the production of thyroid.

The last big tofu dilemma is that all tofu is GMO. Okay, I’m actually still surprised at this one because with all of the Organic options that are available out there, there are plenty of non GMO tofus to choose. Heck, even Costco carries organic tofu.

Myths aside, somethings to consider when consuming tofu is the type of tofu and how to properly prepare it. There are two main types of tofu: silken and firm. Firm tofu is most common in dishes, as it is easy to marinate, fry, grill, and bake. Silken has more of a creamy texture, and is used more in smoothies, desserts, and dips.

While it is a bland looking plant-based protein block, there is an actual art to preparing tofu. The key to properly using tofu is to drain the excess water from it. Draining the tofu helps in absorb the flavors of whatever recipe you prepare. This can be done with paper towels and putting a semi-heavy object (such as a cookbook) on top of the tofu and having the paper towels absorb the water for about 15-20 minutes. There are even tofu-presses which I personally feel are a must-have for any tofu lover.

When I first had tofu, I hated it. The texture was unusual and I found it bland tasting. Well for one, I had not prepared my tofu properly, so yea, it lacked flavor. The texture aspect took a while to overcome, considering I was a meat eater at the time when I first had tofu. But the more I ate tofu, the more I discovered how great it really is. It’s not just something to add to Asian dishes. Tofu can transform into any cuisine or meal type. Don’t believe me? Here are 50 ways to eat tofu. Trust me, they’re soy good 😉

 

Basics

Tofu with London Broil Marinade 

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London Broil Tofu via Pickled Plum

Apple Cider Maple Glazed Tofu

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Apple Cider Maple Glazed Tofu via Rabbit and Wolves 

Southern Fried Tofu

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Southern Fried Tofu via One Green Planet

Curried Tofu Salad

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Curried Tofu via Cadry’s Kitchen

BBQ Tofu

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BBQ Tofu via Where You Get Your Protein 

Savory Lemon and Herb Tofu

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Lemon Herb Tofu via Connoisseurus Veg

Comfort Tofu

Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites

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Buffalo Tofu Bites via Killing Thyme

Tofish & Chips 

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Tofish & Chips via Elephantastic Vegan

Tofu Ricotta Lasagna

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Tofu Ricotta Lasagna via The Glowing Fridge

 

Sandwiches, Burgers, & Tacos

Maple Dijon Tofu Burgers

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Maple Dijon Tofu Burgers via Crazy Vegan Kitchen

Tofu Pesto Sandwich

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Tofu Pesto Sandwiches via Diary of an ExSloth

Tofu Bacon BLT

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Tofu Bacon BLT via Amuse Your Bouche

Korean Tofu Tacos

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Korean Tofu Tacos via Rabbit and Wolves

Beer Battered Tofu Tacos 

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Beer Battered Tofu Tacos via Oh My Veggies

Chipotle Maple Glazed Tofu Burgers

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Chipotle Maple Glazed Tofu Burgers via I Love Vegan

Jerked Tofu and Roasted Yam Sliders

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Jerk Tofu and Roasted Yam Sliders via Plum Bistro

Breakfast

Veggie Quiche 

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Vegan Quiche via Nutritional Foodie 

Tofu Scramble

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Tofu Scramble via Lazy Cat Kitchen

French Toast Baked Tofu

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French Toast Tofu via Carrots n’ Cake

Philly Cheesesteak Breakfast Sandwiches

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Philly Cheese Steak Breakfast Sandwich via Rabbit and Wolves

Tofu Pancakes

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Tofu Pancakes via Anna Banana

Mexican

Spicy Tofu Enchilada

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Spicy Tofu Enchiladas via The Almond Eater

Sofritas 

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Spicy Sofritas via The Fichen

Chorizo

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Chorizo via Dora’s Table

Tofu Mexican Tortas

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Tofu Tortas via The Curious Chickpea

Indian

Butter Chicken 

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Butter Tofu ‘Chicken’ via Jessica in the Kitchen

Tofu Tikka Masala 

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Tofu Tikka Masala via Yup It’s Vegan

Matar Paneer

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Matar Paneer via Connoisseurus Veg

Tofu Cashew Curry

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Cashew Curry via Ambitious Kitchen

Palak Paneer

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Palak Paneer via Olives for Dinner

Tandoori Tofu

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Tandoori Tofu via K.O Rasoi

Asian

Coconut Crushed Tofu with Sweet Chili Sauce

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Coconut Crusted Tofu via Well Vegan

Sesame Sriracha Tofu 

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Sesame Sriracha Tofu via Connoisseurus Veg

General Tso’s Tofu

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General Tso’s Tofu via Minimalist Baker

Sweet & Sour Tofu

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Sweet & Sour Tofu via Hot For Food

Black Pepper Tofu

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Black Pepper Tofu via Cilantro and Citronella 

Spreads

Tofu Ricotta 

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Tofu Ricotta via Create Mindfully

Tofu Sour Cream

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Tofu Sour Cream via Food with Feeling

Sun Dried Tomato Tofu Spread

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Sun Dried Tomato Tofu Spread via Let’s Brighten Up

Cream Cheese 

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Cream Cheese via Cupcakes and Kale

Desserts

Tofu Tiramisu 

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Tofu Tiramisu via Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen

Vanilla Bean Custard

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Vanilla Bean Custard via Kblog.lunchboxbunch

Chocolate Pie 

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Chocolate Pie via Pinch of Yum

Dark Chocolate Pots de Creme

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Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme via The Endless Meal

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse via A Couple Cooks

Tofu Lemon Squares

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Tofu Lemon Squares via kblog.lunchboxbunch.com

Coconut Cream Pie 

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Coconut Cream Pie via Happy Food, Healthy Life

Tofu Frosting

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Tofu Frosting via The Spruce Eats 

Tofu Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Tofu Chocolate Chip Cookies via Sugar, Spice, and Glitter

Lemon Curd

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Lemon Curd via The Unconventional Baker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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