26 Easy Tofu Recipes to Make Tonight

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Tofu has a mild-mannered demeanor with a very neutral taste, which is precisely what makes it one of the most wonderful plant-based proteins. Tofu’s blank-canvas vibe makes it a great candidate for pairing with almost anything in the pantry, and gives it the chameleon-like ability to pick up the flavors of whatever other ingredients it’s partnered with.

Firm and extra-firm tofu give you the most flexibility when it comes to cooking, since they’re the best choices for baking, pan-frying, stir-frying, and grilling, while creamy silken tofu is a great pick for whipping up a dip or blitzing into a smoothie.

Regardless of which type of tofu you have in your fridge right now, we’ve got 25 recipes to help you enjoy it to its full potential.

Baked Tofu Recipes

Baked tofu is magical. When hot from the oven, it’s crispy on the outside and creamy in the middle. And after it cools, it becomes wonderfully firm and chewy.

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Basic Baked Tofu

Gets the basics of baking tofu down, and you’ve got a go-to filling for sandwiches and a topper for salads, grain bowls, and noodles.

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Sheet Pan BBQ Tofu

Sheet pan BBQ tofu cooks up with crispy, jagged edges, and a crunchy coating with bold, smoky flavors, before it’s tossed with a sticky blanket of sauce.

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Sheet Pan Honey-Sesame Tofu and Green Beans

Perhaps the most time-intensive element of this recipe is waiting for the tofu to dry out. That’s when you do the rest of the prep — making the sauce and cutting the veggies.

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BBQ Tofu Salad Bowls

On the nights I’m craving salad for dinner but also want a meal that’s warm & comforting, these BBQ tofu & roasted vegetable bowls hit the spot.

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Tofu-Miso Stew

It tastes and feels like a chicken pot pie, but instead it’s a pile of veggies doused in a rich miso gravy.

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Crispy Tofu Recipes

Good news: Deep-fying is not the only way to get golden, ultra-crispy tofu. Easier method likes stir-frying, pan-frying, and grilling all delivery crave-worthy crispy tofu. Just be sure to start with firm or extra-firm tofu and press out the excess moisture before cooking.

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Smoky Tofu, Zucchini, and Zesty Ranch Club Sandwiches

Smoky tofu gets grilled until charred and crispy, then layered onto toasted wheat bread, stacked with fresh lettuce and tomatoes, and finished with a zesty ranch dressing you’ll want to put on everything.

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Black Pepper Tofu

If you like heat, this fiery tofu from Ottolenghi’s “Plenty” cookbook will be right up your alley.

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Basic Stir-Fried Tofu

This simple method makes for cubes of tofu with crisp, golden edges and a bouncy, soft center.

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General Tso’s Tofu

This easy, at-home version of the restaurant favorite treats you to crisp tofu and veggies with a sticky sauce.

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Simple Tofu Recipes

Soups, scrambles, and fried rice are all easy ways to turn tofu into dinner. Marinating cubed tofu is also a low-effort way to pack it with extra flavor.

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Better-than-Chipotle Tofu Sofritas

From burritos to taco salad to quesadillas to nachos, and so much more, there’s no shortage of ways to turn sofritas into dinner.

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Mapo Tofu

Typically made with ground pork, this plant-based version swaps in shiitake mushrooms for a lighter dinner option with just as much umami flavor. And better yet, the slow cooker does most of the heavy lifting.

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Gingery Tofu Slow Cooker Soup

Let the broth simmer in the slow cooker all day, then all that’s left to do before serving is to stir in silky cubes of tofu, chopped bok choy, and nutty soba noodles.

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Scrambled Tofu

Scrambled tofu has a similar texture to scrambled eggs, is just as versatile, and is infinitely customizable.

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Tofu & Broccoli Green Curry

Remember that jar of green curry paste in the back of the fridge? It’s time to pull it out for this easy 30-minute meal.

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Lemony Tofu “Egg” Salad

This tofu “egg” salad is light and lemony. It’s fabulous tucked into a pita, in between two slices of baguette, or even atop barely dressed lettuce.

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Sesame Ginger Tofu Poke Bowl

This vegan twist on a poke bowl features cubes of marinated tofu and a colorful array of toppings.

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Heidi Swanson’s Summer Squash Soup

If there’s just one take away from this fragrant soup, it’s that you should be adding tofu croutons to all bowls of soup from now on.

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