Whether you’re new to plant-based eating or have been following a vegetarian diet for years, you’ll love these 30 easy tofu recipes.
It’s time to welcome tofu into your kitchen and say goodbye to the notion that tofu is too complicated or boring. These quick and easy tofu recipes will have you making them on repeat!
Tofu absorbs other flavors wonderfully, making it versatile for all sorts of recipes from sweet to savory.
Tofu can be used as a substitute for meats like chicken or incorporated in recipes for extra protein and heartiness. Since tofu doesn’t require cooking, it’s great for quick and simple recipes.
Tofu is a good source of plant-based protein and calcium, nutrients that sometimes require extra attention on a plant-based diet. This—plus its versatility—makes tofu a perfect go-to for vegans, vegetarians, or even folks looking to eat more plants.
These quick and easy recipes use tofu in delicious ways, from entrees and sauces to drinks and desserts. All of these recipes are vegan, with many gluten-free options. You’re sure to find a few new favorites that are ready to eat in no time!
A majority of these recipes can be prepared in 35 minutes or less, and you don’t have to worry about carving out any extra prep time for most of these.
1. Silken Tofu Smoothie from Wholefood Soulfood Kitchen
Looking for a way to add protein and creaminess to a smoothie? Silken tofu is the way to go! Take your pick between three yummy smoothies: berry, green, or peach chocolate. Six minutes is all it takes until you’re sipping one of these silky smoothies.
In this recipe, tofu takes on the smoky and salty reminisce of bacon with a hint of sweet maple flavor. Slicing the tofu thin, marinating it with smoky flavor, and baking it until crispy makes this recipe ready for a variety of meals. It comes together with just five ingredients and 10 minutes!
3. Tofu Breakfast Burritos from Delightful Adventures
If you’re looking for a savory and satisfying breakfast, try this tofu breakfast burrito. Roasted potatoes and tofu scramble make a hearty base that’s ready for you to add your favorite veggies to and wrap up in a tortilla. It's great for meal prep: Just freeze it and heat it when you’re ready to eat.
Make a nutritious and tasty wrap featuring crispy tofu that only takes 20 minutes to prepare. Avocado provides healthy fats and creaminess, while fresh veggies bring a light crunch. And a tortilla wraps it all up with satisfying carbohydrates.
Even if you’re not vegan, you may want to swap out your regular egg breakfast now and then. Luckily, this tofu scramble is a delicious substitute that can be made in 30 minutes. Try it wrapped in a tortilla with salsa and plant-based cheese for an easy prep-ahead, heat-and-eat breakfast.
This fried tofu sandwich, also known as bahn mi, is tangy, savory, and fresh. It’s delicious served warm or cold, so you can pack it up and take it with you. This version fits right in with our easy tofu recipes by using firm tofu as the main protein, and it’s ready in 30 minutes.
7. Vegan Japanese Egg Salad Sandwich from Vegan Everytime
Want a tofu recipe so quick you don’t even have to cook it? This vegan egg salad uses turmeric and nutritional yeast for the classic yellow color, fresh parsley, and vegan mayo for the sauce. Not only does this tofu “egg” salad taste great on bread, it also works great in wraps, leafy salads, or as a side dish. It only takes 15 minutes!
8. Sweet Ginger Tofu Poke Bowl from The All Natural Vegan
Here’s a vegan poke bowl you’ll love. It’s a balanced meal of rice, fresh veggies, edamame, and tofu. The sweet and tangy ginger-garlic sauce brings it all together. You don’t even need to cook the tofu for this one, making it super quick and ready to eat at home or take with you!
Air fryers are awesome for making quick and crispy meals. For this one, all you have to do is toss your chopped tofu in spices and buffalo sauce and pop it in the air fryer. There’s also an oven method if that’s more your style.
When people think of BBQ, the first thing that comes to mind is usually meat. Mix it up and try a plant-based option with this six-ingredient recipe that’s done in 15 minutes. Serve it on a bun, with quinoa, or with a side of your favorite veggies for a complete meal.
These nuggets are breaded in a crunchy coating, which can easily be made gluten free. They’re great for kids but totally tasty for adults, too! Pair with your favorite dipping sauce or enjoy accompanying a meal.
This recipe has all the flavor without the eggs or frying oil. Paired with homemade peanut sauce, these vegan egg rolls are perfect as an appetizer, snack, or entrée. Assembly is simpler than you might think, and this recipe takes just 35 minutes from start to finish.
Whether you’re a beginner or just looking for a simple tofu recipe, this is a great one for you. You can use the teriyaki tofu for different dishes like stir fry, noodles, or salad. This recipe also shows you a few other yummy marinade ideas to try.
19. Sheet Pan Tofu Fajita Bowls from Fork in the Road
Sheet pan recipes are a perfect go-to for simple dinners. This flavorful and fresh Mexican-inspired meal features fajita-spiced tofu served on a bed of warm rice and accompanied by black beans, baked vegetables, and fresh cilantro. You can add this to your rotation of weeknight dinners or meal prep!
Move over, chicken! Tofu is taking over in this vegan orange chicken. Sweet, tangy orange juice takes this spicy sauce to the next level. It pairs wonderfully alongside white rice and steamed vegetables.
This warm and comforting tofu curry serves two, making it perfect for a date night in. You can substitute the spinach for any dark leafy green you have on hand. Try Swiss chard, collard greens, beet greens, or mustard greens!
Sweet and spicy—it’s hard to name a better duo. This 30-minute dinner is one of the best simple tofu recipes out there when you want something that calls for pantry items so you can throw it together quickly.
26. Silken Tofu Pasta Sauce from The Hidden Veggies
While many simple tofu recipes for entrees will use firm or extra-firm tofu, blending silken tofu is a great option to add creaminess to a sauce, smoothie, or spreads. This Alfredo-like pasta sauce comes together in 20 minutes.
All it takes is some spices and flavorings to make tofu into a substitute for ground beef. A cheese grater helps turn this tofu into a crumbled texture. You can enjoy this tofu in place of ground meat. It’s great for meal prep to use in a variety of recipes like salads, pasta, tacos, and burritos.
This sauce can be stirred into pasta, drizzled over bowls, or served with veggies or chips. There’s no nuts, dairy, or gluten! Silken tofu makes it creamy, while nutritional yeast provides cheesiness, and spices add extra depth and sharpness. Five minutes and you’ve got yourself smooth vegan cheese sauce!
29. Vegan Chocolate Mousse with Silken Tofu from Vegan Dessert Ideas
Tofu not only makes for delicious dinners, it can also be used to make luxurious desserts. Silken tofu and chocolate blend up to make a light and creamy chocolate mousse. You only need four ingredients for this one, no dairy or aquafaba needed.
I hope you found some new easy tofu recipes to try out. Tofu is a great staple food to keep around for its versatility, simplicity, and protein content. As you can see, there are many delicious ways to enjoy it!
Katie Runi – Wholefood Soulfood Kitchen
Kare Troughton – Kitchen Treaty
Gwen Leron – Delightful Adventures
Ann Otis – Our Happy Mess
Dana Shultz – Minimalist Baker
Jazzmin Kaita – Vegan Everytime
Melissa Nieves, LND, RD, MPH – Fad Free Nutrition Blog
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