27 tofu recipes
Tofu is a great veggie alternative, and its unique texture adds something extra to stir-fries and soups – check out our easy tofu recipes for meat-free inspiration
Looking for the best tofu recipe ideas? Check out our easy tofu dishes, from a simple tofu stir fry to a top tofu curry. We’ve got miso soup and ramen recipes for an easy, vegetarian midweek meal. Then, try our vegan meal ideas.
Lots of our ideas are vegan tofu recipes, and tofu acts as a great meat alternative for a vegan diet. Whether you want low calorie recipes, or tofu recipes that are quick to make, check out our guide. Check out our colourful guide for even more healthy vegetarian recipes.
First up, here's how to cook tofu...
How do you fry tofu?
Tofu always comes with a little of its liquid in the packaging, so its best to drain it thoroughly on kitchen paper before frying, to prevent it from spitting too much. You can then cut into whatever size pieces you like, or even keep whole. Heat 1cm of oil in a frying pan until hot, then fry the tofu on all sides until browned and crisp, around 30 seconds – 1 minute each side. Drain on kitchen paper, season and serve.
To make crispy tofu, cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until really caramelised.
Can you eat tofu raw?
Yes you can. Silken tofu is often served on top of dishes, as its name says it is prized for its soft texture and is sometimes served chilled. Normal tofu can be eaten raw, but is often fried to add extra texture and flavour to it.
How do you cook silken tofu?
This is often cubed and added to soups and stews, right at the very end. As it is quite fragile it is added at the end of cooking to warm through, with minimal stirring as you want to keep it whole in the final dish.
Easy tofu recipes
Check out this vegan breakfast recipe with smoked tofu, punchy chilli and pan fried courgette. Ready in less than 30 minutes, this easy recipe is a quick brunch idea.
Make this creamy, silken tofu as a vegan side or starter – smother in soy sauce, gochujang and sesame seeds to soak up the flavour.
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.
Firm tofu, veg and tahini combine to make this warming veggie ramen that’s rich in umami flavours, making a nourishing dinner for two.
A clever veggie version of a Japanese curry classic, made by coating slabs of tofu with breadcrumbs, baking them, and serving with a curried carrot, ginger and honey sauce.
Check out our vegan fried rice with smoked tofu. Make this quick and easy recipe for a low-calorie midweek meal for two.
The people of Sichuan love chilli and the lip tingle of Sichuan peppercorns – exactly what this dish celebrates. Add plenty of chiu chow chilli oil to really make it sing.
A traditional Korean food, kimchi (spicy, fermented cabbage and vegetables) adds flavour and health kudos to this tofu dish.
Silken tofu is the secret ingredient for this smooth and creamy (and totally vegan) chocolate mousse recipe.
Try our vibrant salad recipe with crispy golden tofu and crunchy vegetables. This easy dish is vegan friendly and low in calories. More vegetarian salad ideas here.
One of our favourite vegan tofu recipes. Our chilli tofu ramen is vegan and low calorie, and is packed full of fresh flavours. The chilli adds a heat to the marinated tofu. Try this easy bowl of ramen for a warming meal. Here are our top noodle soup recipes to try.
Looking for an alternative to fish tacos? Try our cajun tofu tacos recipe which is vegan, low calorie, and only need 30 minutes cooking time. A great vegan party dish. We love tacos and have loads of easy recipes here.
Make our quick and easy vegan smoothie with fresh strawberries, bananas and tofu – ready in five minutes. Using silken tofu may sound strange for a sweet recipe but will give a creamy texture to the smoothie.
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A great vegan tofu recipe. Try this hoisin-glazed tofu with stir-fried brown rice. This dish jazzes up tofu and is under 500 calories.
Check out this impressive vegan sandwich recipe. This MBLT makes a super easy vegan alternative to the British BLT sandwich using shiitake mushroom 'bacon'. Plus, it's low in calories too.
This gluten-free miso soup with crispy smoked tofu is a perfect low-calorie midweek meal. It's warming, cleansing and super easy to make. Make this tofu recipe for a hearty winter dish.
Looking for an alternative tofu recipe? Check out our shan ‘tofu’ noodle recipe which is made from chickpeas and is more like a very thick soup. This tofu noodle soup is a comforting dish.
A simple tofu recipe that's really indulgent. If you're looking for a Chinese takeaway alternative, try this seared sesame tofu with noodle salad. Red chilli livens up the tofu and the noodles make it a filling meal. A great vegetarian alternative.
Check out this easy vegan tofu recipe from the new Taiwanese restaurant XU in London's Chinatown. This super simple recipe is packed with flavour and takes no time at all to make.
An easy tofu recipe that is simple to make. Make this banh mi recipe which is a Vietnamese baguette. Our version is filled with tofu, coriander and freshly pickled veg. This easy tofu recipe is a great lunch idea. Create a Vietnamese banquet with our recipes here.
Try this simple tofu stir-fry for a speedy vegetarian recipe. Both healthy and quick this dish makes an easy midweek meal. Crunchy peanuts add the finishing touch to this tofu recipe. Check out our easy stir-fry recipes here.
If you're looking for a meat free stir-fry recipes, try this one with tofu and winter greens. This quick Indonesian stir-fry flavoured with sesame and ginger is a great vegetarian main course.
We've used Asian flavourings such as soy, mirin and sesame oil to liven up tofu in this recipe. Served with udon noodles and greens, this tofu recipe makes an easy vegetarian meal.
Our best tofu recipe, perfect for a healthy meat-free-Monday with bags of protein and only 143 calories a serving. Marinate tofu in Japanese-style teriyaki and then pour over the miso broth. A warming winter dish.
If you want an easy Chinese inspired dish, try our Chinese-style purple sprouting broccoli with tofu recipe. This vegan recipe is under 500 calories and would make a great side dish or lunch.
This recipe for glazed tofu with pickled veg is easy to make, vegetarian and ready in under an hour - perfect for a midweek meal. Try this tofu recipe tonight for a quick meal.
Put a new spin on tofu with this speedy veggie noodle recipe, on the table in half an hour.