Tofu is a bean curd made from coagulated soy milk and pressing the resulting curd into solid blocks of varying firmness including silken tofu, soft tofu, firm tofu, or extra firm tofu. Each of the varying textures work for different dishes e.g silken tofu lends itself to prviding a creamy texture to vegan desserts, breakfasts or fried for the delectable agedashi tofu firm tofu works well in curries, stir fries and fried while the extra firm tofu is also ideal for use in vegetarian stir fries, curries or for grilling and frying as a meat substitute. Some people may prefer the texture of one or the other so it’s best to try them outn and see which one is more to your tastes.
This delicious little ingredient is not only a great source of amino acids, iron and calcium, it is super-versatile, too. And it doesn’t just have to be a meat-substitute either; these gorgeous dishes are making tofu the hero, and about time too. The following recipes feature all textures of tofu so try them out and see which one taskes your fancy. If you’ve never tried the tasty bean curd before then now is your time.
Looking for more vegetarian recipes?
Spicy tofu fries
Pick between your choice of tofu, chicken and fish with a spiced crunchy coating for these spicy buffalo tacos filled with fresh veg and avocado cream.
Scrambled tofu wraps
Deliciously flavoured scrambled tofu makes for a dreamy breakfast or lunch. Just load up a wrap with your favourite toppings and sauce for an unbeatable plant-based feast.
Vegan sausage and egg mock muffin
A delicious vegan sausage patty sandwiched with vegan cheese and and an ingenious tofu faux egg make for a jaw-dropping likeness of a regular sausage and egg muffin, no animals required!
Corn, quinoa and tofu balls with minty cream
For a deliciously healthy twist on the classic meatballs recipe, why not try this vegetarian recipe? Our tasty baked corn, quinoa and tofu balls are packed full of protein for a delicious and nutritious dinner.
Larb tofu, traditionally made with ground chicken, is a spicy Thai appetizer.
Spiced tofu bao with pineapple cucumber salad
Bao are a form of steamed Chinese buns, adapted by migrants in many other Asian countries.
Fried tofu with daikon and ginger
If you like, you can add dried smoked bonito flakes to the sesame seeds or try coating the tofu with Japanese breadcrumbs instead.
Air fryer crisp tofu with palm sugar dressing
Crispy spiced tofu made in the air fryer and served with broccolini and gai lan and topped with a fresh palm sugar dressing.
Tofu cakes with sweet chilli dipping sauce
These crispy tofu cakes and dipping sauce make a great starter or snack. Easy to and cheap to prepare, you can’t go wrong with this zingy dish.
Miso udon soup
Packing a classic savoury Japanese punch, this warming and nourishing miso udon soup is head and shoulders above any other ‘just add hot water’ concoctions you can buy.
Salt and pepper tofu with soba noodles
Enjoy the fresh, wholesome taste of Asia with this sensational salt and pepper tofu with soba noodles dish – a quick and flavoursome dinner idea!
Stir-fried eggplant, tofu and mushrooms
Feed the family with this fresh wholesome stir-fried eggplant, tofu and mushrooms – super quick and simple, and loaded with delicious Asian flavour!
Smoked tofu salad with peanut dressing
This smoked tofu salad is simple, nourishing, and tasty. Garnished with a delicious peanut dressing, this is the perfect light dinner for any night of the week.
Sichuan ma po tofu
Delicious Asian inspired dinners don’t get better than this Sichuan ma po tofu! Full of flavour and texture, this is a winning dish the whole family will love.
Crisp tofu banh mi
This delicious vegan sandwich from The Australian Women’s Weekly’ ‘Vegan Kitchen‘ cookbook is packed with crisp tofu, pickled vegetables and a chilli vegan mayo for the perfect lunch idea.
Tofu and carrot kimchi lettuce wraps
A healthy vegan twist on classic san choy bau.
Crispy Thai tofu with pomelo slaw
Marinated in Thai spices and chargrilled, this delicious tofu recipe absolutely bursting with flavour. Alongside a pomelo slaw, this is a refreshing dinner any night of the week.
Zucchini and tofu noodles with coriander pesto
Japanese-style tofu salad
Sometimes you’ve just gotta try something new. This easy tofu salad is full of fresh flavours that will make you happy you did.
Beer-battered tofu and wedges
Flaky flavourful tofu in a crispy beer batter served with wedges for a vegan take on the classic fish and chips.
Japanese-style smoky chilli tofu
This silky smooth tofu may just convince you to go meat-free.
Eggplant ma po tofu
Tomato, tofu and chilli pilaf
Smoked tofu salad with peanut dressing
Roasted sticky tofu buns
Tofu and sugar snap pea stir-fry
Pork and tofu rice noodles
Chinese noodle, tofu and vegetable soup
Asian tofu omelette wrap