You might like

14 Foods You're Probably Pronouncing Wrong

Maybe it’s because Meatless Mondays are growing ever more

popular; maybe it’s because more and more people are becoming aware of the costs of eating factory-farmed meat; or maybe it’s because the U.N. keeps warning that meat lovers will soon need to start eating insects (or skip the meat altogether). Whatever the explanation, alternative proteins are all the rage these days—and tofu is no exception. Stay ahead of the curve with these 52 simple tofu recipes for preparing delicious vegan meals any time of day.

1. Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble RecipeShare on Pinterest

What to use: Extra FirmThink of this hearty breakfast as scrambled eggs—only swap out the eggs for tofu and add in some produce (think bell pepper, red onion, and spinach if you’re in the mood for greens), plus good-for-you seasonings such as garlic and turmeric.

2. Blueberry Tofu Smoothie

Vegan Blueberry Energy Smoothie RecipeShare on Pinterest

Tofu is a super easy way to add protein and texture to post-workout/breakfast/afternoon snack smoothies. For real… it makes them taste way more like a milkshake than a juice, *score*. This one is a double-whammy with creamy avocado, and gets its pretty color from blueberries and strawberries.

3. Tofu Breakfast Tacos

Tofu Breakfast Tacos RecipeShare on Pinterest

Tacos aren’t just for lunch or dinner. Scramble tofu with nutritional yeast, turmeric, garlic powder, onion powder, and taco seasoning, and combine with cherry tomatoes, spinach, and lime juice in whole-wheat soft taco shells. Season with cilantro and you’ve got a a hearty, protein-rich start to your day.

4. Mini Tofu Frittatas

Vegan Tofu Frittatas RecipeShare on Pinterest

Think of these cute little breakfast bites as savory muffins. They pack some serious flavors and nutrients thanks to garlic, veggies )(onion, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and spinach), and fresh basil pesto.

5. Vegan Crustless Asparagus Quiche

Tofu Recipes: Vegan Crustless Asparagus QuicheShare on Pinterest

This melt-in-your mouth vegan quiche is unbelievably easy to make and full of protein and veggies. Mash tofu, mix with soy milk and flour, add flaxseeds, dill, and onion, and pour into a baking dish. Top with asparagus and sprinkle with salt and pepper before baking for 20 minutes.

6. Curried Tofu Scramble With Spinach

Tofu Recipes: Curried Tofu Scramble With SpinachShare on Pinterest

Here’s a savory way to start the day: Cook crumbled tofu until golden-brown, then add in olive oil, onion, garlic, and bell pepper for a few minutes. Season with curry powder, cumin, and coriander, and stir to combine. Serve on toast or by itself with green onions on top for garnish.

7. Tofu Cacao Nib Pancakes

Tofu Recipes: Tofu Cacao Nib PancakesShare on Pinterest

Protein pancakes can sometimes taste like, well, protein powder. Using tofu instead achieves the same healthyish breakfast treat protein punch, and makes them extra fluffy. Cacao nibs and vanilla extract sweeten these guys up, so you only need the tiniest bit of maple syrup to make ’em taste indulgent.

8. Crispy Baked Garlic Tofu

Tofu Recipes: Crispy Baked Garlic TofuShare on Pinterest

Baked tofu goes from boring to amaze-balls with a simple Chinese-style garlic sauce. Mix garlic, soy sauce, onion powder, brown sugar, and sriracha in a small saucepan, then a mixture of cornstarch and water. Once the sauce has thickened, add in tofu. Serve over brown rice or with a side of broccoli for a healthified Chinese take-out dinner at home.

9. BBQ Avocado and Smoked Tofu Toast

Tofu Recipes: BBQ Avocado and Smoked Tofu ToastShare on Pinterest

These cute, simple snack bites aren’t just tasty—they’re also vegan, full of healthy fats (courtesy of our BFF avocado), and supes flavorful. Marinade tofu and zucchini slices in soy sauce, garlic powder, and smoked paprika powder, then heat in a fry pan with some oil. Place avocado, tofu and zucchini, and sliced almonds on a piece of toast, and drizzle with a little BBQ sauce.

10. Vegan German Cheese Spaetzle

Tofu Recipes: Vegan German Cheese SpaetzleShare on Pinterest

This popular German comfort food is basically their version of mac ‘n cheese, which as any vegan knows, can be tough to recreate. This recipe makes it work with a cashew-based vegan cheese sauce, wheat flour “spaetzle” (the noodle), and filling toppings like tofu and leeks.

11. Pan-Seared Tandoori Tofu

Tofu Recipes: Pan-Seared Tandoori TofuShare on Pinterest

Tofu proves itself a worthy competitor of meat in this simple, vegetarian-friendly take on tandoori. Create your own tandoori spice mix using cayenne pepper, cumin, sea salt, turmeric, black pepper, smoked paprika, and red pepper flakes. Pan-fry tofu slices coated in the mix, and serve with lentils or brown rice and a big serving of veggies.

12. Crispy Tofu and Broccoli Salad

Tofu Recipes: Crispy Tofu and Broccoli SaladShare on Pinterest

Bright-green broccoli combines with tamari, garlic powder, sea salt, and (of course) tofu for a light, refreshing salad perfect for a small appetite or as an side to another dish.

13. Tofu and Mushroom Miso Soup

Tofu Recipes: Tofu and Mushroom Miso SoupShare on Pinterest

This delicate soup combines tofu, mushrooms, leafy vegetables, green onion, an egg—and that’s pretty much it. Pair a bowl with sushi or a hearty salad for a filling lunch.

14. Eggless Salad Sandwich

Tofu Recipes: Eggless SandwichShare on Pinterest

A vegan egg salad sandwich? Yep, it’s possible. Tofu, celery, onion, vegan mayo, and seasonings combine to form a classically delicious egg salad—minus the eggs.

15. Almond Crusted Baked Tofu Nuggets

Tofu Recipes: Almond Crusted Tofu NuggetsShare on Pinterest

Your fave childhood snack (chicken nuggets, duh) just got a major health upgrade. Swap out the chicken for tofu and coat with a breading made from almonds, nutritional yeast, egg, and flour. It even comes with a recipe for dipping sauce: mix avocado, Greek yogurt, parsley, garlic, lime, salt, and pepper.

16. Tofu ‘Chicken’ Noodle Soup

Tofu Recipe: Vegan Tofu Noodle SoupShare on Pinterest

When you’re sick or it’s chilly out, nothing’s better than chicken noodle soup. If you’re vegan and vegetarian, you can still enjoy—just swap out the chicken for extra-firm tofu. Other than that, it’s got all the old regulars… carrots, whole-wheat angel hair pasta, onion, and vegan chicken broth.

17. Curry Tofu Autumn Rolls

Tofu Recipes: Curry Tofu Autumn RollsShare on Pinterest

These autumn rolls are big on flavor and way easier than they look to make. Just scramble some tofu like you would eggs, add in kale and peanuts, and mix in lime juice, soy sauce, curry powder, cilantro, and scallion. Soak rice paper in water for about 30 seconds, then place on parchment paper and scoop filling into the middle. Roll it all up like a burrito and start nomming.

18. Curried Tofu Salad

Share on Pinterest

Cold tofu might have you thinking no thanks, but combined with celery, carrots, onions, raisins, sliced almonds, and a homemade curry sauce, it’s so jam-packed with flavor you won’t think twice before eating a whole bowl. Make the sauce out of Veganaise, sweet curry powder, non-dairy milk, agave, and cayenne, and serve the salad on greens, toast, or in a wrap.

19. Buckwheat Soba Noodles With Coconut Lime Tofu

Share on Pinterest

Garlicky noodles combine with spinach, a host of seasonings (think soy sauce, thai red chili, sesame oil, and ginger) as well as toasted sesame seeds and coconut-lime tofu. It’s a spicy-sweet combo that will perk up any down day.

20. Honey Ginger Tofu Veggie Stir Fry

Share on Pinterest

For a hearty, flavorful bowl that will rival anything from your local take-out (and turn out way healthier), combine farro, asparagus, carrots, green onions, and tofu with a garlic ginger stir-fry sauce.

21. Thai Red Coconut Curry Tofu

Share on Pinterest

Coconut milk, tofu, cilantro, lime, brown rice, and spices combine in a creamy, flavorful dish that’ll leave you feeling so cozy you might just spring for a post-meal nap.

22. Sweet Potato and Kale Green Curry With Tofu

Share on Pinterest

Green curry

23. Sesame Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry

Share on Pinterest

24. Maple Dijon Tofu Burger

Share on Pinterest

25. Crispy Tofu in Chinese Garlic Sauce

Share on Pinterest

26. Crispy Baked Tofu Tacos With Cilantro Lime Slaw

Share on Pinterest

27. Miso Soba Noodle Bowl

Share on Pinterest

28. BBQ Tofu Pizza

Share on Pinterest

29. Spicy Sesame Zoodles With Crispy Tofu

Share on Pinterest

30. Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl

Share on Pinterest

31. Indian Spiced Black Bean and Tofu Burgers

Share on Pinterest

32. Hawaiian BBQ Tofu Bowls

Share on Pinterest

33. Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowl With Crispy Tofu

Share on Pinterest

34. Garlic Roasted Cauliflower Tofu Burritos

Share on Pinterest

35. Vegan Fried Rice

Share on Pinterest

36. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Honey Baked Tofu

Share on Pinterest

37. Spicy Braised Tofu Tostadas

Share on Pinterest