40 Plant-Based Tofu Recipes Even Meat Lovers Will Enjoy

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Tofu has always been popular in Asia, and as more and more people are introduced to vegan and vegetarian diets, tofu has slowly but surely become more commonplace in the Western world. Just because tofu is often used as a substitute for meat protein doesn't mean that only vegans or vegetarians should eat this soy-based ingredient. We're here to share these 40 best tofu recipes everyone can enjoy!

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What is Tofu and What is Tofu Made Of?

Also known as "bean curd," tofu is made by coagulating soy milk, and then pressing the remaining soy bean curds into blocks.

Easily found in supermarkets or natural food stores, tofu comes in vary softness, ranging from silken tofu, soft tofu, firm tofu to even extra firm and super firm textures.

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How to Cook Tofu

There are endless ways of cooking tofu—you can steam it, pan fry it, deep fry it, air fry it, boil it in soup, or even scramble it.

What Does Tofu Taste Like?

To be honest, tofu by itself tastes bland. There isn't a particularly outstanding taste about tofu on its own, but that's also precisely what makes it great! It's perfect for sauces, to eat with meats (or without), and is easily adaptable to the spices or condiments you choose for the recipe in mind.

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Best Tofu Recipes

From Asian-inspired dishes such as teriyaki tofu rice bowls, crispy tofu with sweet scallion sauce, green curry tofu, and steamed tofu with ground pork, to fusion recipes such as TikTok tofu pizza waffles, grilled tofu shawarma bowls, tofu tacos and even tofu fajitas, there's an endless range of easy tofu recipes to try in this mix!

Here are 40 tofu recipes even meat lovers will appreciate! Browse through them, make sure to pin your favorites  and stock up on some tofu!

<p>Callie Blount</p><p>Learn how to get golden-crisp tofu for a vegetarian stir-fry.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="/911595/parade/learn-how-to-make-crispy-tofu-for-vegetarian-stir-fry-in-our-latest-episode-of-plate-it-perfect/" data-ylk="slk:Crispy Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Crispy Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>The Kind Diet</p><p>This Thanksgiving tofu feels like a holiday dish because it contains stuffing, but it can really be served any time of year. It’s very filling, so be sure to balance it with a big, fresh salad.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="/27738/aliciasilverstone/thanksgiving-tofu/" data-ylk="slk:Thanksgiving Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Thanksgiving Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Leo Gong</p><p>Even your meat-eating friends will rave over this one. It is easy and delicious and contains flavors traditionally considered typical of both Japanese- and Korean-style cooking. Serve over brown rice.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="/27139/leeannewong/lee-anne-wongs-curried-tofu-and-avocado-dip/" data-ylk="slk:Japanese Style Braised Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Japanese Style Braised Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Mark Weinberg</p><p>This recipe transforms tofu from a health-food standby into a crunchy, indulgent treat.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="/1298694/alison-ashton/jessica-seinfeld-fried-glazed-ginger-barbecue-tofu-recipe/" data-ylk="slk:Fried Glazed Ginger Barbecue Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Fried Glazed Ginger Barbecue Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>The Herbeevore</p><p>Topped with a plant-based cheese, veggies and more, this creative take on the tofu waffles trend is packed with protein and perfect for an easy and fun lunch or dinner. Get those waffle irons heated up and try for yourself!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="/1255444/kavitharamaswamy/tiktok-tofu-pizza-waffles/" data-ylk="slk:Tik Tok Tofu Pizza Waffles;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Tik Tok Tofu Pizza Waffles</em></a></strong></p>
<p>istockphoto</p><p>This curried tofu and avocado dip is a nutrition-packed snack that will satisfy you.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="/27139/leeannewong/lee-anne-wongs-curried-tofu-and-avocado-dip/" data-ylk="slk:Curried Tofu and Avocado Dip;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Curried Tofu and Avocado Dip</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Chloe Coscarelli</p><p>Not only is this tender tofu dish extremely Insta-worthy, thanks to its pineapple vessel, but it’s easy to pull off, which is 100% why we like it.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="/1031581/kelli_acciardo/chloe-coscarellis-tropical-glazed-tofu/" data-ylk="slk:Tropical Glazed Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Tropical Glazed Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Choosing Chia</p><p>This Thai green curry tofu features crispy tofu tossed up in a luscious creamy coconut sauce, with some spicy green curry! It’s a simple and healthy recipe that’s bursting with Thai flavor!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://choosingchia.com/thai-green-curry-tofu/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Thai Green Curry Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Thai Green Curry Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>The Foodie Takes Flight</p><p>Really “meaty” vegan black pepper tofu steaks - tofu coated in a peppery, slightly sweet, and really savory sauce served over rice and a side of sautéed vegetables.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://thefoodietakesflight.com/vegan-black-pepper-tofu-chicken-steaks/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Black Pepper Tofu Steaks;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Black Pepper Tofu Steaks</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Vegan Heaven</p><p>These vegan baked tofu sticks are the perfect comfort food! They’re crispy, spicy, and super easy to make! We like them best with homemade vegan ranch sauce.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://veganheaven.org/all-recipes/baked-tofu-sticks/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Baked Tofu Sticks;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Baked Tofu Sticks</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Delish Knowledge</p><p>Brown rice, the best peanut tofu, vegetables and roasted broccoli in a simple peanut sauce. If you are looking for a healthy buddha bowl recipe, this is it! A gluten-free and vegan lunch or dinner.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.delishknowledge.com/peanut-tofu-buddha-bowl/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl</em></a></strong></p>
<p>The Foodie Takes Flight</p><p>This pan-fried tofu with a chili miso sauce is really easy to put together but very tasty and easiy customisable.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://thefoodietakesflight.com/pan-fried-tofu-with-chili-miso-sauce/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pan-Fried Tofu with Chili Miso Sauce;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Pan-Fried Tofu with Chili Miso Sauce</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Host the Toast</p><p>Korean-Inspired crispy tofu tacos. Learn the secret to making the best crispy tofu and serve it in flavor-packed tacos with crunchy slaw and quick pickles.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://hostthetoast.com/korean-inspired-crispy-tofu-tacos/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Korean-Inspired Crispy Tofu Tacos;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Korean-Inspired Crispy Tofu Tacos</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Vegan on Board</p><p>Bite size sticky tofu pieces in a tangy and sweet lemon sauce. This Chinese inspired lemon tofu is ready in less than 30 minutes and is plate licking good!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://veganonboard.com/sticky-lemon-tofu/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sticky Lemon Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Sticky Lemon Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Wandering Chickpea</p><p>Tofu skewers marinated in Middle Eastern Spices and grilled until crispy, served alongside warm pita, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and drizzled in a quick tahini yogurt sauce. Vegan, easy to make and so flavorful.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://wanderingchickpea.com/2021/08/15/grilled-tofu-shawarma-bowls/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Grilled Tofu Shawarma Bowls;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Grilled Tofu Shawarma Bowls</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Keeping the Peas</p><p>Tofu fajitas are a simple and flavorful vegan dinner you can make in under 30 minutes. With an assortment of spices these fajitas are smoky, and packed with tons of protein, vitamins and minerals!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.keepingthepeas.com/tofu-fajitas/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tofu Fajitas;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Tofu Fajitas</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Peas and Crayons</p><p>This honey garlic tofu recipe is a great way to jazz up tofu! Pair it with crisp broccoli and fluffy brown rice for a tofu bowl that’s sure to have you skipping take-out for this tasty homemade recipe!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://peasandcrayons.com/2018/05/honey-garlic-tofu.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Honey Garlic Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Honey Garlic Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Dish by Dish</p><p>This is Asian comfort food: brown rice noodles with bok choy, sautéed mushrooms and pan-fried tofu, tossed with a glug of soy sauce and a shake of salt.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.dishbydish.net/brown-rice-noodles-with-bok-choy-mushrooms-tofu/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brown Rice Noodles with Bok Choy, Mushrooms and Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Brown Rice Noodles with Bok Choy, Mushrooms and Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Food with Feeling</p><p>Tofu tikka masala is a flavorful, vegan version of the classic and very popular Indian tikka masala recipe.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://foodwithfeeling.com/tofu-tikka-masala/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tofu Tikka Masala;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Tofu Tikka Masala</em></a></strong></p>
<p>The Foodie Takes Flight</p><p>An easy yet really tasty and satisfying maple hoisin tofu recipe! These slices of tofu are perfect enjoyed over a bowl of steamed rice or noodles.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://thefoodietakesflight.com/maple-hoisin-tofu/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Maple Hoisin Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Maple Hoisin Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Delightful Plate</p><p>Steamed tofu with ground pork features smooth silken tofu and juicy ground pork. It is light while packed with savory flavors and satisfying textures.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://delightfulplate.com/steamed-tofu-with-ground-pork/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Steamed Tofu with Ground Pork;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Steamed Tofu with Ground Pork</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Domestic Gothess</p><p>This easy vegan pasta sauce is creamy and delicious but low in fat, all thanks to the addition of silken tofu.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://domesticgothess.com/blog/2021/05/13/tofu-tomato-pasta-sauce/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tofu Tomato Pasta Sauce;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Tofu Tomato Pasta Sauce</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Damn Spicy</p><p>Crispy pan-fried tofu smothered in sticky homemade teriyaki sauce served over fluffy rice! This quick and easy tofu dinner or lunch comes together in less than an hour, is naturally vegan & gluten-free!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://damnspicy.com/sticky-teriyaki-tofu-rice-bowl/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sticky Teriyaki Tofu Rice Bowl;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Sticky Teriyaki Tofu Rice Bowl</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Well Plated</p><p>Baked tandoori-style tofu in a rich, creamy masala curry sauce, this quick version Tofu Tikka Masala is made with easy ingredients and has authentic flavor!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.wellplated.com/tofu-tikka-masala/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tofu Tikka Masala;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Tofu Tikka Masala</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Darn Good Veggies</p><p>Korean tofu soup – a favorite one pot meal with fragrant garlic, spicy kimchi, and silky soft tofu. Ready in 30 minutes!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.darngoodveggies.com/korean-tofu-soup/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Spicy Korean Tofu Soup;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Spicy Korean Tofu Soup</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Well Vegan</p><p>Using tofu achieves a silky smooth texture for the cream sauce, which is blended with lots of sauteed garlic and white wine (yum). Top it all off with tender mushrooms cooked with fresh thyme for a dish that smells as heavenly as it tastes.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://wellvegan.com/dinner/creamy-tofu-garlic-mushroom-pasta" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Creamy Tofu Garlic Mushroom Pasta;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Creamy Tofu Garlic Mushroom Pasta</em></a></strong></p>
<p>My Vegan Minimalist</p><p>This healthy vegan soft tofu scramble comes together in 15 minutes using just 6 easy ingredients. Silken tofu is brightened by sweet paprika powder, garlic & black pepper. Paired with black salt and a scattering of nutritional yeast.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://myveganminimalist.com/soft-tofu-scramble/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vegan Soft Tofu Scramble;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Vegan Soft Tofu Scramble</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Short Girl Tall Order</p><p>With a simple umami stir-fry sauce, tons of fresh vegetables, noodles, and crispy tofu, this vegan vegetable lo mein is truly a keeper!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://shortgirltallorder.com/vegan-vegetable-lo-mein" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vegan Lo Mein with Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Vegan Lo Mein with Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Woon Heng</p><p>These teriyaki tofu balls are made from firm tofu that has great crunch from infusesd vegetables and nuts.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://woonheng.com/vegan-teriyaki-tofu-balls/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Teriyaki Tofu Balls;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Teriyaki Tofu Balls</em></a></strong></p>
<p>The Foodie Takes Flight</p><p>Here’s some some crispy tofu with sweet scallion sauce! You can opt to fry or bake the tofu and enjoy them with sweet scallion sauce or your dip of choice.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://thefoodietakesflight.com/baked-or-fried-crispy-tofu-with-sweet-scallion-sauce-vegan-recipe/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crispy Tofu with Sweet Scallion Sauce;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Crispy Tofu with Sweet Scallion Sauce</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Healthy Nibbles and Bits</p><p>This spicy tofu recipe consists of pan-fried tofu tossed in a rich and flavorful sauce of coconut milk, sambal oelek, and red curry paste. Serve the spicy tofu with jasmine rice and a side of vegetables.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://healthynibblesandbits.com/spicy-tofu-with-creamy-coconut-sauce/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Spicy Tofu with Creamy Coconut Sauce;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Spicy Tofu with Creamy Coconut Sauce</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Gimme Some Oven</p><p>An unbelievably delicious tofu stir-fry, made with my easy baked tofu recipe and tossed with the most heavenly garlic black pepper sauce.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/magic-garlicky-tofu/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Magic Garlicky Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Magic Garlicky Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Dish by Dish</p><p>This recipe for air fryer tofu is crazy easy, the tofu cooks so quickly and uses so little oil. Gluten-free and vegan.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.dishbydish.net/easy-air-fryer-tofu/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Easy Air Fryer Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Easy Air Fryer Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Darn Good Veggies</p><p>This 20-minute umami bomb tofu is an explosion of savory flavor! Perfect in rice bowls, salads, wraps, lettuce cups, and tacos!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.darngoodveggies.com/umami-bomb-tofu/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Umami Bomb Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Umami Bomb Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Grumpy's Honey Bunch</p><p>These tofu burgers are an easy to make vegan recipe that is full of flavor! You can enjoy it between a bun to make a sandwich, or eat it on your plate alongside a bright green salad.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://grumpyshoneybunch.com/yummy-tofu-i/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tofu Burgers;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Tofu Burgers</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Christie at Home</p><p>Fried tofu smothered in a delicious, spicy saucy gochujang based sauce with a hint of sesame. This vegan gochujang Korean tofu is quick to make in under 30 minutes or less and is fantastic for lunch or dinner.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://christieathome.com/blog/spicy-gochujang-sesame-tofu/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Spicy Gochujang Sesame Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Spicy Gochujang Sesame Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Jo Cooks</p><p>Spicy, succulent udon noodles made with tofu and an array of bright veggies. An easy and addictive meal!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.jocooks.com/recipes/tofu-drunken-noodles/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tofu Drunken Noodles;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Tofu Drunken Noodles</em></a></strong></p>
<p>The Guccha</p><p>Simple to make restaurant-style appetizer using silken tofu and other vegan ingredients. Serve this crispy fried silken tofu with an instantly made dipping sauce that is so yummy!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.theguccha.com/crispy-fried-silken-tofu/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crispy Fried Silken Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Crispy Fried Silken Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Table for Two</p><p>This crispy pan-fried sesame garlic tofu is going to change your mind about tofu almost instantly!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.tablefortwoblog.com/pan-fried-sesame-garlic-tofu/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pan Fried Sesame Garlic Tofu;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Pan Fried Sesame Garlic Tofu</em></a></strong></p>
<p>Eric Wolfinger</p><p>Tis maple roasted tofu with winter squash is a stellar vegan supper that will win over any meat-eater. Get the recipe: Maple Roasted Tofu with Winter Squash</p>

Eric Wolfinger

Tis maple roasted tofu with winter squash is a stellar vegan supper that will win over any meat-eater. Get the recipe: Maple Roasted Tofu with Winter Squash

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