Tofu is such a versatile ingredient that really doesn’t get enough attention. It is so much more than just a meal replacement and should really be a staple of everyone’s diet!
Everyone should know at least a couple of tofu dinner recipes, but instead, many people find themselves wondering what to make with tofu.
It’s so tasty and can be made into basically any type of cuisine with minimal efforts, like in these fun and easy tofu recipes.
If you’re trying to introduce more tofu into your diet, try one of these simple tofu recipes for a guaranteed easy, enjoyable, and flavorful meal. You won’t ever look back.
1. Tofu Stir Fry
Stir-fries are super easy and super quick to make, they involve essentially chucking everything into one pan and letting it cook, and a tofu stir fry is no different.
All you have to do to prepare for this dish is cut your tofu up into small squares and cut your vegetables. Once that’s done, you can cook. This is one of the best easy tofu dishes and is super healthy too since it’s packed with veggies.
To make your tofu stir fry just that good, make sure you use extra-firm tofu.
This allows it to be cut properly, as softer tofu has a much different consistency that does not lend itself to a stir fry.
You should also add ginger, garlic, green onion, soy sauce, and sesame oil to help enhance the flavors.
2. Tofu Scramble
Scrambled eggs were a childhood staple for many people, and now you can have them without having to have eggs!
Tofu scramble is a great vegan alternative to scrambled egg and can be made in a range of ways with various spices to level it up a bit.
This super easy tofu recipe only takes 7 to 10 minutes to make, meaning it is the perfect recipe for a breakfast or a quick lunch snack.
Firm or extra firm tofu is ideal for this recipe as it breaks down the best.
We recommend adding some spices like cajun spice or paprika to your tofu scramble to really make it flavorful. Otherwise, add salt, garlic powder, and turmeric for a more plain flavor.
3. Tofu Curry
Who doesn’t love a tasty, rich, spicy curry? These dishes are super easy to make without meat, but to add an extra bit of protein to your meatless curry night, why not make this tofu curry?
It is one of the best easy tofu dishes out there, especially if you’re cooking to impress.
Baked tofu or extra firm tofu is the best option for this tasty dish, and then you just need all of the spices and veggies to make this truly creamy, tasty curry.
That is not only vegan but entirely gluten-free! It’s perfect for any dietary needs, really.
4. Mapo Tofu
This is a popular Chinese dish and should definitely be on everybody’s tofu ideas list. It is super flavorful and spicy, utilizing the proper Szechuan flavors from its region of origin.
It isn’t the simplest on this list, but it is by far easier than many other tofu dishes, and the flavors that come from the mapo when it is done are worth every bit of effort you put into the dish.
To make your own mapo you will need oil, Thai bird chilli peppers, red chillies, Szechuan peppercorns, ginger, garlic, ground pork or a ground pork alternative, spicy bean sauce, chicken broth, silken tofu, cornstarch, sesame oil, sugar, and a scallion.
Once everything is prepared, you can set off on your cooking journey!
5. Tofu Salad
Asking yourself what to cook with tofu can seem like an impossible question, but one of the simplest, easy tofu meals doesn’t really even involve cooking!
All you have to cook are the snow peas for the salad, but if you’re really not feeling it one day, just swap out the peas for another vegetable!
This salad is packed full of flavour from the chilli, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil dressing that you marinate the tofu in, and it is a great lunchtime meal or a summer evening light dinner.
6. Crispy Fried Tofu Sandwich
Yes, you read that right. Tofu, but make it fast food. Crispy and fried, this tofu sandwich is reminiscent of a fried chicken burger, and it tastes just as good.
It is one of the best tofu ideas, and will likely become one of your favourite recipes using tofu.
To make your own KFT sandwich, you need extra firm tofu, dill pickle juice, hot sauce, mustard, flour, cornstarch, black pepper, kosher salt, paprika, crushed red pepper, canola oil
And then a delicious bun and some salad to put your fried tofu in. We recommend a brioche bun and some mayonnaise and lettuce.
7. Pan Fried Sesame Garlic Tofu
Somewhere between pan-fried potatoes and dumplings, these crispy, tasty little fried tofu treats are among the best tofu recipes out there. They are full of protein, low in fat, and full of flavor.
Using extra firm tofu and draining it to the extreme, you can easily get that kind of flaky texture that fried chicken often has.
All you need to make this super tasty tofu recipe is some soy sauce, sambal oelek, rice vinegar, honey, and a splash of sesame oil.
These provide the pan-fried tofu with a lovely flavor that will have you coming back to this recipe again and again.
8. Baked Tofu
This is one of the simplest recipes with tofu, and it literally just involves a couple of steps to make, making it one of the best quick tofu recipes, too.
You can have this crispy on the outside, soft on the inside tofu on its own or you can pair it with a curry, some noodles, or rice for a full meal.
To make baked tofu, you just have to drain and cut your tofu, coat it in olive oil, and any seasonings of your choice – we recommend chilli or garlic – then bake.
It really doesn’t get much easier than that, does it?
9. Tofu Chipotle Sofritas
Listen, Mexican food is one of the best things ever. Cheesy, spicy, and packed full of flavor, we can’t get enough of it. Chipotle is evidence of that, and their sofritas are incredible – especially their tofu sofritas. But what if you could make it at home? And what if it became one of your go-to recipes with tofu?
Use extra-firm tofu for this recipe, and you will also need cumin seeds, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, dried oregano, 1 tsp coconut sugar, poblano pepper, chipotle peppers, abodo sauce, vegetable broth, onion, garlic, tomato paste, soy sauce, cider vinegar, yeast, and salt. It sounds like a lot, but this recipe really is an easy tofu recipe!
10. Spicy Peanut Tofu Bowls
This tofu recipe is truly decadent and super tasty. The peanut sauce is so rich and tasty and paired with incredibly cooked veggies and tofu. It’s really worth trying.
Especially when it is just so easy!
It is also an easy meal to prep for, so if you’re an organized chef, then this recipe should definitely be in your books.
If you’re looking to make tofu recipes healthy, you could swap out the rice in this dish for cauliflower rice or quinoa for fewer carbs, or you could reduce the amount of peanut sauce you use.
11. Bahn Mi Sandwich
Looking for some good tofu recipes that you can use for lunches? This sandwich is your savior.
A Bahn mi sandwich is delicious, but when using tofu, it’s even better.
These sandwiches are full to the brim with pickles, herbs, mayo, and tofu. They’re comforting, tasty, filling, and they’re so easy to assemble.
The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the pickles. It is best to make these ahead of time to truly let the taste develop.
An hour or so will do, but if you can make them a day or so in advance, you will really notice the difference.
12. Crispy Peanut Tofu and Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry
Tofu is in its element in a stir fry. It is crispy, tasty, and gets to absorb all of the flavors of your sauce and your veggies.
To make this incredibly tasty, salty, peanut tofu stir fry, you will need to use extra-firm tofu, peanut butter, tamari, toasted sesame oil, maple syrup, chilli garlic sauce, cauliflower, garlic, bok choy, green onion, red pepper and broccoli (or just one of the veggies, it’s up to you!).
To get that perfect crispy tofu, try baking the tofu for a while before you fry it.
This gives the tofu a perfect fluffy inside but a crispy, tasty exterior.
13. Sizzling Tofu
This easy tofu recipe is perfect for an appetizer or a main meal and would even work as a dish at a party.
It is so versatile and tasty that you’ll want to make it always.
All you need to make the dish is firm tofu, bell peppers, garlic, onions, mayonnaise, and oyster sauce.
You can, of course, add to this. If you’re a fan of spice, add in some chilis for some additional flavor.
This dish is tasty and easy, and it is also fairly healthy, with relatively few calories and lots of veggies meaning there are a lot of vitamins and nutrients as well as a protein hit from the tofu!
14. Pasta Romesco
This Italian tofu dish is super easy to make but looks like a fancy dish that took a lot of skill. It is relatively healthy and really colorful!
To make it, you simply make a romesco sauce with roasted pepper, ground almonds, tomatoes, and chilis, cook your pasta, and bake your tofu.
Use extra-firm tofu and dice it, then once dry, bread the tofu cubes. Then cover with a milk of your choice and bread them again.
This makes such a difference when you bake them! Chuck them in the oven and leave them to go golden brown.
Then assemble your meal, kind of like a meatball dish, and we recommend topping with a sprinkle of cheese!
15. Korean Tofu Soup
Do you want an easy tofu recipe that is full of flavor, that feels homely, comforting and calm, whilst also tasting incredible? Then this Korean tofu soup is for you.
It has kimchi, garlic, and spices, as well as silken tofu and can be cooked in around 30 minutes. Easy, fast, and tasty!
Not only is this super speedy tofu recipe really delicious, but it is also pretty healthy.
Packed full of flavor and vegetable broth, it is a subtly healthy, spicy dish that you’ll fall in love with instantly.
16. Tofu Avocado Salad
If you’re craving tofu, but you really don’t want to cook it, this salad is a fantastic option that still looks like you’ve put all of the efforts in (so it’s perfect for a snack when you have guests over!).
It is a simple yet exciting mixture of tangy vinegar, soy sauce, and scallions. You could even make it more exciting by drizzling some chilli oil or sesame seeds over the dish.
To make this avocado salad, all you need to do is present alternating slices of tofu and avocado, then mix up a sauce, add on top, and voila – a perfect, easy recipe with tofu.
17. Salsa Baked Tofu
This Mexican take on baked tofu is a gorgeous way to spice up an ordinary dish.
It can be used to pair with another element, or it can work as an additional ingredient in a dish like fajitas, a taco salad, or a burrito.
This dish is a rich, flavorful salsa with chunks of crispy baked tofu within it.
It’s a great partnership that makes for a good quick snack for any tofu-lovers or a perfect accompaniment to another dish.
18. Easy Tofu Tacos
Something about tofu and spice just works, and that’s why tofu tacos work so well.
They’re delightfully crispy, crunchy, tasty, spicy, and just such a good comfort food. Once you’ve learned this easy tofu recipe, you’ll never go back to meat tacos.
To make these tofu tacos, crumble some firm or extra firm tofu with your fingers, then add oil and spices to the tofu to make it taste truly taco worthy.
All you have to do then is make your taco toppings and cook! It’s incredibly easy and incredibly tasty.
19. Crispy Baked Teriyaki Tofu
Are you a fan of teriyaki? Well, this crispy baked teriyaki tofu is better than your local takeaway, and it’s super easy to make.
You just have to coat your tofu, bake it, and then add it to the sauce.
Pair with some fluffy rice, noodles, or just a bed of veggies if you’re not feeling the carbs.
To take this to the next level, or if you’re not a fan of baked tofu, you could fry your tofu lightly in a pan for a slightly different texture and taste.
Add a little soy sauce to the pan and fry it until crisp, then follows the recipe as normal.
20. Coconut Crusted Tofu with Sweet Chili Sauce
This truly takes tofu to another realm – it is just so, so delicious!
It is a dish that screams summer, with the coconut and sweet chilli pairing to make a refreshing, slightly spicy dish that just makes you feel like you should be enjoying it somewhere by the sea.
It is essentially the tofu recipe equivalent to a pina colada.
To make this, you simply need extra firm tofu, soy sauce, coconut sugar, a small lime, fresh ginger, flour, breadcrumbs, cornstarch, canola oil, and water, and then you can either buy or make your sweet chilli sauce.
21. Tofu Noodles
Tofu really does well when put in a dish with noodles or rice, like this veggie-packed noodle stir fry. It is a delicious recipe that is super easy to follow and will make you feel like you’ve ordered in without spending all the money!
The key to this recipe is leaving big chunks of tofu and veggies, making sure that they all keep their taste and don’t disintegrate as you fry them.
With your noodles and tofu, add some sugar snap peas, garlic, ginger, baby carrots, and a gorgeous sauce, and it is ready to enjoy!
22. Crispy Tofu Tortilla Wraps
Wraps are a great alternative to sandwiches and other lunch foods. They are tasty and light, and there is more filling than anything else – like there should be.
These crispy tofu tortilla wraps are the perfect tortilla wrap. They are full of texture, taste, and everything else you could want.
You can even meal prep these bad boys to have everything ready to go when you fancy! Otherwise, you can make it on the day with extra firm tofu and salad.
23. Tofu Breakfast Burrito Bowls
Tofu works amazingly in breakfast. It basically acts just like an egg would.
In these tofu breakfast burrito bowls, it substitutes egg for a delicious, incredibly colorful, and easy breakfast burrito bowl. It takes only 45 minutes to make, including cooking time, and will give you a pep in your step all day long.
Your scrambled tofu will sit on a bowl of hash browns, avocado, and beans, making it the perfect, protein-packed, delicious breakfast for any sunny Sunday morning.
24. Honey Sriracha Tofu
Sweet and spicy go together so well. It’s no surprise that they go together perfectly on crispy cubes of tofu!
This is one of the best tofu recipes, and it is one you can usually make without having to buy many ingredients.
To make it, you will need extra-firm tofu, sriracha, honey, soy sauce, red pepper, cornstarch, and green onions. That is it! Tasty tofu has never been easier for you to make.
Pair these with some rice or noodles, or just eat them as is – they’re tasty enough too!
25. Asian Garlic Tofu
This dish is vegetarian and gluten-free. It is super tasty and packed full of garlic.
This tofu is left to marinate, and it soaks up all of the good umami flavors of Asian seasoning, bringing a whopping taste explosion to your mouth when you eat it.
Pair this garlic tofu with rice, noodles, or just vegetables for a filling, tasty, and really enjoyable Asian-inspired meal.
Top it with sesame seeds for a bit more excitement or some extra chilli for a bit more of a kick.
Baked tofu is great in other recipes, but it is also really good on its own. It is crispy and crunchy and if you coat it in some delicious seasonings, packed full of flavor.
25 Easy Tofu Recipes
- 1 package (16 ounces) firm or extra-firm tofu
- 2 tbsps soy sauce or teriyaki sauce
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 3/4 c cornstarch
- Sliced green onions, optional
- First, you want to cut your tofu into 3 or 4-inch cubes and place them on some kitchen towel with another sheet on top. Place a large pan, preferably cast iron, on top. Leave to stand for about 10 minutes.
- In a small bowl or dish, mix soy sauce, olive oil, sesame oil, garlic powder, and salt and pepper using a whisk. Place some cornstarch in another small dish.
- Once the tofu is dry, dip it in the liquid mixture and cornstarch. Cover each side in both mixes then place on a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes (or until crispy!).