What is tofu?

Tofu, also known as bean curd, is made from curdling fresh soya milk, which is then pressed into a solid block in a process that’s similar to cheesemaking. It originates in China, but is popular across Asia. Mildly flavoured, tofu has grown in popularity as a meat substitute all over the world in recent decades and is most commonly seen in two forms: firm and silken. The latter is very soft and silky while the former is firm and bouncy.

Where to buy tofu

Cauldron Foods Tofu, £2/396g, Tesco

Blue Dragon Extra Firm Silken Tofu, £7.86/349g x 3, Amazon

Tofu recipes

Stir-fried tofu noodles

Try our easy veggie stir-fry with crispy tofu and crunchy broccoli. This simple recipe is packed with plenty of flavour, plus it's high in protein too.

Tofu Stir Fry Noodles

Crunchy veg and smoked tofu salad with sesame dressing

Try our vibrant salad recipe with crispy golden tofu and crunchy vegetables. This easy dish is vegan-friendly and low in calories.

Smoked Tofu Salad Recipe with Sesame Dressing and Veg

Strawberry and banana vegan smoothie

Make our quick and easy vegan smoothie with fresh strawberries, bananas and tofu – ready in 5 minutes. Using silken tofu may sound strange for a sweet recipe but will give a creamy texture to the smoothie.

Vegan Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Recipe


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