40 Easy Tofu Recipes That Make the Perfect Vegetarian Meal

Even meat lovers can get behind these recipes.

sweet and sticky tofu with baby bok choy recipe in a white pan
Danielle Occhiogrosso

It’s easy to become more plant-based when there are vegetarian tofu recipes for literally every meal of the day, dessert included (can a steak do that?). A versatile, soy-based bean curd, tofu is an excellent source of protein for vegetarian recipes or vegan recipes — yep, we included some vegan tofu recipes here too — and once you learn how to cook tofu properly, you’ll be adding it to your meals like it’s chicken. Tofu is like a blank canvas for flavors, whether you love ginger and garlic (try our Sweet and Sticky Tofu with Baby Bok Choy!) or spicy buffalo sauce (hello, Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites), it’s easy to tweak the taste to your preferences. With so many healthy tofu recipes, you'll never have to go without a delicious, plant-based plate.

How to cook tofu

• Tofu comes in different densities, ranging from soft to extra-firm. Soft is better for purées or some soups and stews, while firm is better for frying and baking. It’s important to seek out the type of tofu that the recipe calls for.

• “Pressing” tofu helps extract excess moisture, which is essential for achieving crispiness. Wrap the tofu in a clean dish towel and place a heavy pan on top; let it drain as long as you can before proceeding with the recipe.

• Just like any cut of meat, you can marinate tofu for a major flavor boost. Just don’t leave it in the marinade for too long (an hour, tops!), or it will get soggy.

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Sticky Tofu Bowl
sticky tofu bowl with cucumber and rice in a black bowl
Mike Garten

Roast tofu with soy sauce, dark brown sugar and chili garlic sauce for an irresistible sweet-salty flavor. Add perfectly cooked rice and pickled cucumbers to make an easy, delicious family dinner.

Get the Sticky Tofu Bowl recipe.

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Crispy Tofu Bowl
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly

Fried slices of tofu add a satisfying crunch to this cucumber- and cashew-filled dish.

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Sweet and Sticky Tofu With Baby Bok Choy
Danielle Occhiogrosso

Grab your best skillet and let this garlicky, ginger tofu dish come to life.

Get the Sweet and Sticky Tofu with Baby Bok Choy recipe.

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Simple Tofu Green Curry
Bryan Gardner

Packed with flavor and protein, this green curry will be a family favorite. Trust.

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Tofu Pad Thai
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly

Forget takeout: This sweet and spicy dish takes just 20 minutes to whip up.

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Soba Salad With Grilled Tofu
Mike Garten

Bring this chilled soba salad to work if you want to inspire major lunch envy.

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Miso Spinach Noodles
Mike Garten

Hope you aren't tired of noodles because this ramen is calling your name.

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Air Fryer Tofu
air fryer tofu
Erik Bernstein

Air fried until crispy and tossed in a rich, spicy sauce, this is tofu-meets-comfort food. Yum!

Get the Air Fryer Tofu recipe from Delish.

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Tofu Broccoli Bowl
Con Poulos

For a lean (and green!) option, try this honey mustard-glazed tofu and veggie bowl.

Get the Tofu Broccoli Bowl recipe from Woman's Day.

Chili Garlic Tofu with Baby Bok Choy
asian tofu with baby bok choy

Drizzle tofu with chili garlic sauce and roast for a sweet n' spicy supper.

Get the Chili Garlic Tofu with Baby Bok Choy recipe from Prevention.

Tofu, Tomato and Zucchini Kebabs
tofu tomato and zucchini kebabs
hector sanchez

When pressed of excess moisture, tofu turns charred and smoky on the grill.

Get the Tofu, Tomato and Zucchini Kebabs recipe from Country Living.

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Baked Tofu
baked tofu
june xie

Tofu slathered with garlic-ginger marinade tastes better than any chicken.

Get the Baked Tofu recipe from Delish.

Tofu Tacos with Romaine Slaw
tofu tacos with romaine slaw
Erika LaPresto

Tofu is about to become your new go-to taco filling.

Get the Tofu Tacos with Romaine Slaw recipe from Woman's Day.

Chipotle Tofu and Pineapple Skewers
chipotle tofu and pineapple skewers
Andrew Bui

Sweet, caramelized pineapple is the perfect partner to extra-spicy tofu.

Get the Chipotle Tofu and Pineapple Skewers recipe from Delish.

Tofu Stir-Fry
tofu stir fry
Bryce Johnson

Keep things simple with this tofu- and veggie-loaded skillet.

Get the Tofu Stir-Fry recipe from Delish.

Cucumber Gazpacho With Watermelon and Mint
cucumber gazpacho with watermelon and mint
Con Poulos

Silken tofu adds body to this summery soup.

Get the Cucumber Gazpacho with Watermelon and Mint recipe from Country Living.

Tofu Katsu Curry
tofu katsu curry

Japanese Katsu features a crisp cutlet, luscious curry sauce and a sweet drizzle over rice. This plant-based version has all of the crave-able crunch you want and plenty of flavor.

Get the Tofu Katsu Curry recipe from Delish.

Tofu Banh Mi

Once you prep your tofu, these sandwiches are SO quick and easy to make. Plus, you have the freedom to pick your favorite greens and veggies.

Get the Tofu Banh Mi recipe from Delish.

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Hot and Sour Soup

This rich, spicy soup is infinitely adaptable: swap out ingredients you don't have on hand, or make the broth with vegetable stock for a completely vegetarian version.

Get the Hot and Sour Soup recipe from Delish.

Peanut Butter Tofu Stir-Fry
Joslyn Bilar

Get out of your stir-fry rut with this easy-to-make option. Peanut butter adds nutty creaminess and soy sauce boasts a salty bite.

Get the Peanut Butter Tofu Stir-Fry recipe from Delish.

Classic Tofu Scramble
classic tofu scramble
Andrew Bui

Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and packed with flavor, you won't miss the eggs.

Get the Classic Tofu Scramble recipe from Delish.

Jerk Tofu Grain Bowls
jerk tofu grain bowls

This vegan recipe combines lots of great Jamaican flavors. From a rich spice combo to crisp plantains, your family will feast on a decadent bowl.

Get the Jerk Tofu Grain Bowls recipe from Delish.

Caramelized Tofu Lettuce Cups
caramelized tofu lettuce cups

The balanced combo of sweet, salty and sour flavors come together in one easy lettuce wrap. If you're looking for a little extra crunch, add some fresh vegetables, like cucumber and sliced bell pepper.

Get the Caramelized Tofu Lettuce Cups recipe from Delish.

Spicy Fried “Chicken” Sandwich
spicy fried “chicken” sandwich

Tofu is an epic plant-based stand-in for animal proteins. Exhibit A: This sandwich, rich with hot sauce and tart from pickles, with a tender texture and crispy coating. We'll take two, please. So, while it might not be the healthiest tofu recipe on this list, it's definitely a tasty one worth trying out!

Get the Spicy Fried “Chicken” Sandwich recipe from Delish.

Tofu Marinade
tofu marinade

You probably have all of the ingredients of this easy marinade in your pantry, key for imparting flavor to slices or cubes of tofu.

Get the Tofu Marinade recipe from Delish.

Kimchi Tofu Stew
kimchi tofu stew

This soup, inspired by Korean sundubu-jjigae, is rich, packed with flavor and easy to prep.

Get the Kimchi Tofu Stew recipe from Delish.

Mapo Tofu
mapo tofu
The Woks of Life

Learn how to make this classic Sichuan dish of silken tofu, ground pork, scallion and Sichuan peppercorns. Leave out the pork if you're vegetarian!

Get the Mapo Tofu recipe from The Woks of Life.

Slow Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala
Ambitious Kitchen

This warm, cozy dish is made with lots of veggies and spices, and it pairs perfectly with a side of yogurt. (But if you serve it with naan bread or grains instead, it'll be completely vegan!)

Get the Slow Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

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Money Bag Dumplings
money bag dumplings
The Woks of Life

These delicious, stuffed dumplings can be made with tofu skin or soaked tofu sheets instead of dumpling wrappers for an extra hit of protein.

Get the Money Bag Dumplings recipe from The Woks of Life.

Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites
Courtesy of Killing Thyme

These buttery, flavorful bites, paired with a tangy, garlicky yogurt sauce are sure to become a go-to Super Bowl recipe in any home.

Get the Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites recipe from Killing Thyme.

Spicy Sofritas Veggie Bowl
Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

It's like Chipotle, but you get to pick your base, protein and toppings right in your kitchen.

Get the Spicy Sofritas Veggie Bowl recipe from Pinch of Yum.

Double-Dredged Spicy Miso Tofu
Olives For Dinner

Move over sesame chicken. These spicy sauce-drenched bites are tofu at its very best.

Get the Double-Dredged Spicy Miso Tofu recipe from Olives for Dinner.

Best Vegan Spinach Dip
Courtesy of Delicious Techniques

Soft tofu is the secret ingredient that makes this vegan spinach dip taste like the real thing. Your cheese-loving friends won't even know the difference.

Get the Best Vegan Spinach Dip recipe from Delicious Techniques.

General Tso Tofu
general tso tofu recipe
Jessica in the Kitchen

Crispy tofu coated in a sweet and tangy sauce is total vegetarian comfort food.

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Tofu Avocado Salad
tofu avocado salad
The Woks of Life

This no-cook recipe gets drizzled with a tangy dressing that you won't be able to get enough of.

Get the Tofu Avocado Salad recipe from the Woks of Life.

Crispy Vegetable Tofu Dumplings
Courtesy of Jessica Gavin

Crispy bottoms or bust. That's our dumpling motto.

Get the Crispy Vegetable Tofu Dumplings recipe from Jessica Gavin.

Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Pie
Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

So now that you've seen the savory things tofu can do, may we introduce you to its sweet side for an after-dinner treat? This dreamy peanut butter cup pie has tofu to thank for its irresistible silkiness.

Get the Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Pie recipe from Minimalist Baker.

Simple Tofu Chilaquiles
Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

Chilaquiles are the best excuse to eat tortilla chips for breakfast and while they are usually topped with eggs, we've got our eyes on this tofu version with a five-ingredient chipotle sauce. And although we are

Get the Simple Tofu Chilaquiles recipe from Minimalist Baker.

Tofu and Chickpea BBQ Sandwiches
Courtesy of She Likes Food

If you're a vegetarian at a barbeque, you aren't doomed to those flavorless veggie patties! Try these amazing BBQ sandwiches instead.

Get the Tofu and Chickpea BBQ Sandwiches recipe from She Likes Food.

Smoky Tofu, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches
Courtesy of Kitchen Treaty

All hail the TLT.

Get the Smoky Tofu, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches recipe from Kitchen Treaty.

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