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.
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.
Fried slices of tofu add a satisfying crunch to this cucumber- and cashew-filled dish.
Get the Crispy Tofu Bowl recipe.
Packed with flavor and protein, this green curry will be a family favorite. Trust.
Get the Simple Tofu Green Curry recipe.
Forget takeout: This sweet and spicy dish takes just 20 minutes to whip up.
Get the Tofu Pad Thai recipe.
Bring this chilled soba salad to work if you want to inspire major lunch envy.
Get the Soba Salad with Grilled Tofu recipe.
Hope you aren't tired of noodles because this ramen is calling your name.
Get the Miso Spinach Noodles recipe.
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.
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 slathered with garlic-ginger marinade tastes better than any chicken.
Get the Baked Tofu recipe from Delish.
Tofu is about to become your new go-to taco filling.
Get the Tofu Tacos with Romaine Slaw recipe from Woman's Day.
Sweet, caramelized pineapple is the perfect partner to extra-spicy tofu.
Get the Chipotle Tofu and Pineapple Skewers recipe from Delish.
Keep things simple with this tofu- and veggie-loaded skillet.
Get the Tofu Stir-Fry recipe from Delish.
Silken tofu adds body to this summery soup.
Get the Cucumber Gazpacho with Watermelon and Mint recipe from Country Living.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This soup, inspired by Korean sundubu-jjigae, is rich, packed with flavor and easy to prep.
Get the Kimchi Tofu Stew recipe from Delish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 bottoms or bust. That's our dumpling motto.
Get the Crispy Vegetable Tofu Dumplings recipe from Jessica Gavin.
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.
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.
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.
All hail the TLT.
Get the Smoky Tofu, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches recipe from Kitchen Treaty.