It’s time to incorporate silken tofu into your recipes. Tofu is versatile in various savory dishes, desserts, sauces, soups, and stews. Silken tofu is one of the most common ingredients with a smooth and silky texture, making it a perfect substitute for dairy in various recipes.

Also labeled as soft, firm, or extra-firm, silken tofu is a popular ingredient in plant-based cooking due to its versatility and potential health benefits. It’s great for making puddings, vegan pasta sauces, smoothies, and cheesecakes.

It’s rich in protein and a great source of calcium and other essential nutrients. The fiber in tofu helps support colon health. It has both saturated fats (1.6g) and unsaturated fats (monounsaturated fat (4.2g) and polyunsaturated fat (6.2g). Plus, it’s also low in fat and calories, making it an excellent choice for those looking to limit calorie or fat intake.

Whether you’re looking for vegan butter chicken or pasta sauce, you can make plenty of recipes using this healthy protein-rich ingredient. You can also use silken tofu in stir-fries to make scrambled eggs and even tacos. It’s low in calories, free from any animal product, naturally gluten-free, and an excellent protein source for vegans and vegetarians.

Whether you want to add recipes to your repertoire or are just looking for fun and delicious recipes, these 25 recipes are worth trying.

1. Steamed Tofu with Soy Garlic Sauce

Have you ever tried steamed tofu with soy garlic sauce? Get ready to treat yourself with a simple yet delicious tofu recipe to enjoy with rice. Start by slicing the tofu and let it sit for a few minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce by mixing minced garlic, soy sauce, black vinegar, and vegetarian oyster sauce. Add chili oil for a spicy kick and sugar to balance the flavors. Steam the tofu and remove any excess water. Then top it with tantalizing soy garlic sauce dressing for a hearty side to serve over parties. This recipe is an excellent source of protein, and you can make it in less than 15 minutes. Plus, you can adjust the sauce ingredients according to your taste preference. Give this recipe a try to treat your taste buds with tantalizing flavors.

2. Japanese Souffle Cheesecake with Tofu

Are you a cheesecake lover? If yes, try this fluffy, melt-in-mouth vegan cheesecake with a new twist. The Japanese souffle cheesecake, also called cotton cheesecake, is a light and moist cake that incorporates tofu into the batter. Remember to beat egg whites first and use silken, firm tofu for a perfectly fluffy and pillowy texture. Whip all other ingredients and fold in the egg whites. You can substitute flour with cornstarch for a gluten-free version. This recipe is ideal for incorporating protein-rich ingredients while enjoying your favorite dessert. This gluten-free, vegan cheesecake recipe is perfect if you want a delicious yet healthy recipe!

3. Silken Tofu Pasta with Mushrooms

Looking for a super creamy pasta that is both healthy and bursting with flavor? Then give silken tofu pasta a try. Packed with mushrooms and protein-packed tofu, this pasta is perfect for vegetarians and meat lovers. Start by sautéing onion and garlic with a pinch of salt. Then cook mushrooms until caramelized. Prepare the sauce by blending tofu with sauteed onion, garlic, other ingredients, and flavorful seasonings. Assemble by heating the sauce in the skillet and adding cooked mushrooms. The mushrooms add a rich umami flavor to the dish, perfectly complementing the rich and creamy tofu sauce. Top with red chili flakes for extra heat. This pasta is loaded with nutrients and flavors that are hard to resist.

4. Crispy Fried Silken Tofu

If you’re a fried food fanatic, you’ll love this fried silken tofu. Crispy and crunchy on the outside with smooth inside, each bite of these fried silken tofu bites bursts with flavor. Made with silken tofu coated with chickpea flour batter seasoned with salt and pepper to give it a savory flavor and crunchy exterior. Start by making cubes of silken tofu and then soak them one by well in chicken pea mix and coat well in breadcrumbs. Fry them over medium heat and serve with a sweet and savory dipping sauce made with mayo and sweet chili sauce. Whether you’re a tofu fanatic or switching to a plant-based diet, this silken tofu recipe is a must-try.

5. Steamed Tofu with Mushrooms and Vegetables

Try this steamed tofu with mushrooms & vegetable recipe if you crave a nutrient-enriched meal without sacrificing the flavors. With simple ingredients from your pantry, you’ll have a delicious combo of flavors and textures on your dinner table in no time. All you have to do is blanch the broccoli, brown the mushrooms, sauté carrots in onion, and add minced garlic until fragrant. Add mushrooms and stock to the pan and add a flavorful punch by adding soy sauce and oyster sauce. Add corn flour slurry to thicken the sauce, and then add broccoli. You can also add sesame oil for a flavorful kick. Steam the tofu and discard excess water. Serve the mushrooms and veggies over steamed tofu. Sprinkle some ground pepper for an irresistible meal.

6. Tofu Tomato Pasta Sauce

Tofu tomato pasta sauce is a low-fat vegan pasta sauce that is healthy and delicious. It’s a perfect way to add veggies and protein to your diet. This pasta sauce freezes well, so you can make a large batch and divide it into the required portion to make pasta in no time. Add oil to the pan, add veggies, and let them cook for 10 minutes. Then add bay leaves, chopped garlic, and bay leaves, and let them simmer for two more minutes. Next, add tinned tomatoes, vinegar, and spices. Cook uncovered for about half an hour, stirring frequently. Discard bay leaves and blend the veggies mixture, tofu, and nutritional yeast in a blender until smooth and creamy. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings to your taste buds. Add to your favorite pasta dishes along with your desired toppings.

7. Spicy Silken Tofu

Spicy silken tofu is a simple and delicious way to enjoy tofu. All you need to do is dice and stir fry veggies of your choice, mix the sauce ingredients, and then stir in tofu and sauce to the veggies. Bring it to a boil and cook for 3 minutes or until carrots are tender but still crunchy. Then add corn flour slurry to thicken the sauce and cook for another 2 minutes on high, frequently stirring to avoid sticking to the bottom. Taste the sauce to adjust the seasonings. The soft velvety chunks of tofu perfectly complement the sauce’s umami flavors. Add some red pepper flakes for a spicy kick. Serve this high protein, low in calories meal with rice or noodle to treat your friends to a restaurant-quality meal.

8. Fudgy Vegan Tofu Brownies

Looking for a perfect treat for your date night? You can easily make a batch of mouthwatering tofu brownies from scratch with just a few simple ingredients. Mix wet ingredients (coconut oil, tofu, cane sugar, vanilla extract) together using a whisk. Mix dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, and salt) and add to the wet batter. Combine well using a wooden spoon and transfer the batter to a lined baking sheet. Let them bake for 30 minutes and cool at room temperature. Add melted chocolate chips to the blender to make the ganache, followed by tofu, agave, and coconut oil. Scrape the ganache using a spatula and spread it over brownies. Let them freeze for 20 minutes to set the ganache. Top the brownies with your desired topping.

9. Chinese Tofu Pudding

Are you craving pudding but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. Here is a quick pudding fix. With this Chinese tofu pudding, you can have your pudding ready in 10 minutes by using only five ingredients. Start by preparing sugar and ginger broth. All you need to do is bring water to a boil, add ginger slices, brown sugar, and Chinese rock sugar and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add a serving of sweetened tofu to a bowl and pour broth over it. You can enjoy it immediately or keep it in the refrigerator. You can also store leftover broth in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. This pudding is vegan-friendly and packed with essential nutrients.

10. Tofu Mac and Cheese

This vegan mac and cheese is a great way to prepare a protein-packed meal with silken tofu and nutritious veggies (red bell pepper, onion, and garlic). Even the picky eater at your home will love this creamy mac and cheese made with rich and creamy tofu sauce seasoned with flavorful spices and seasonings. Sauté onion, garlic, and pepper with 3 tbsp oil and blend it with tofu and nutritional yeast, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper. Add pasta water while blending the sauce for a smooth and silky texture. Warm the sauce in the pan and stir in the cooked pasta. Mix well and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve your kids this healthy and delicious meal over lunch to add a delightful twist to a boring lunch routine.

11. Vegan Carbonara

It’s time to enjoy carbonara with smoky flavors from tofu, a perfect alternative for bacon, and a creamy tofu sauce. Start by cutting smoked tofu into cubes and frying using olive oil. When turned golden, add herbs and chopped garlic, followed by soy sauce. Make the tofu sauce by blending silken tofu, lemon juice, turmeric, and nutritional yeast. Add the sauce to the smoked tofu and then stir in cooked spaghetti. Adjust the consistency of carbonara by adding leftover pasta water. You can also add veggies of your choice. Serve with olive oil and your favorite salad on the side.

12. Silken Tofu Pasta Sauce

Looking for dairy-free alfredo pasta sauce? Look at none other than this silken tofu pasta sauce to make creamy vegan alfredo at home. With just handful of ingredients from your pantry, you can quickly whip up this protein-enriched sauce in 15 minutes. All you need to do is sauté diced onion and minced garlic in olive oil, season it with salt and blend it with silken tofu, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add pasta water for a smooth consistency. Toss warm sauce with your favorite pasta. This tofu pasta is also gluten-free. Just add it to gluten-free pasta for a guilt-free meal. What else are you looking for? Grab your ingredients and prepare to take your pasta game to the next level. 

13. Vegan Scrambled Egg

This easy and delicious vegan scramble egg requires a few simple ingredients from your pantry and is loaded with protein from tofu and flavorful seasonings. You can serve silken tofu scramble over your favorite bread with homemade vegan sour cream made by adding paprika and salt to plant-based yogurt. Start by adding crumbled tofu to a heated skillet. Drizzle sesame oil (optional) before adding tofu, then add seasonings and let it cook for 6 minutes. Add black salt, chives, pine nuts, and sesame when the tofu is cooked. This breakfast recipe is perfect for busy weekdays when you want a quick and satisfying meal ready in no time.

14. Tofu Sour Cream

Looking for a healthy yet delicious alternative to traditional sour cream? Maybe you’re following a vegan diet or want to avoid dairy. This creamy tofu sour cream is made by blending tofu, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, and dill weed until smooth. This sour cream works well for any recipe that calls for traditional sour cream, from tacos to vegan chili. Adjust the seasonings to your taste preference. Store leftover tofu sour cream in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

15. Vegan Silken Tofu and Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta

This pasta is a real game changer with a creamy texture of smooth tofu and sauce made with cauliflower’s goodness. The sauce is made by blending sautéed onion and garlic, tofu, cauliflower, nutritional yeast, and plant-based milk until smooth. Transfer the sauce to a pan to heat over medium heat, and then stir in pasta and peas—season with salt and pepper to enhance the flavor. Let the pasta absorb all sauce and flavors after removing it from the heat. This recipe is perfect for those following a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle or simply looking for a healthy pasta recipe.

16. Silken Tofu Salad

Is there anything better than making tofu salad for lunch? This tofu salad incorporates protein-rich tofu, juicy cherry tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, and avocado drizzled with an irresistible dressing. To make the dressing, mix tangy ume plum vinegar and sesame oil. Layer veggies and tofu in a serving bowl and top it with the light and refreshing dressing and sesame seeds for an irresistible lunch or serve as a side on your dinner table. This salad is dairy-free, gluten-free, and perfect for those with dietary restrictions.

17. Tofu “CHORIZO” Tacos

Looking for a delicious and healthy twist on traditional tacos? Why not try these tofu chorizo tacos? These vegan tacos are perfect for serving your friend and family. A protein-enriched, delicious meal made with tofu, seasoned in a blend of flavorful spices seasonings and served in a corn tortilla makes a perfect meal. Cook the tofu with the sauce mixture until brown and crispy, stirring occasionally. Add your favorite toppings and serve the cooked mixture in gluten-free corn tortillas. This quick dinner recipe will leave your taste buds begging for seconds. So, let the party begin with these tofu chorizo tacos.  

18. Tofu Pancakes

Do you love pancakes in the morning but miss your favorite treat because of the fear of eggs in them? Now you can make pancakes with ease without using eggs. Enjoy these delicious fluffy tofu pancakes to make your weekend morning even more exciting. These eggless pancakes are packed with protein from tofu. Start by preparing tofu pancake mix by mixing tofu, vanilla, and milk. Combine it with dry mix (all-purpose flour, coconut sugar, ground cardamom & salt) and fry them on a non-stick pan for 2-3 minutes on each side. Top these pancakes with maple syrup and fruits (berries/bananas) for a healthy and delicious breakfast to kick-start your morning routine.

19. Vegan Silken Tofu Mayo (Dairy-Free)

Are you a vegan looking for a dairy-free version of mayonnaise? You’re in luck! It has a creamy texture similar to real mayonnaise but with a healthy twist. It doesn’t need fancy ingredients; you can whip it up quickly. Blend silken tofu, lemon juice, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, and salt until smooth. The best thing about this vegan mayo is that you can customize the seasonings to your taste preference and store for up to 1 week. Use it in a burger, sandwich, salad dressing, or any recipe for mayo. It’s a great dipping sauce to serve with fried shrimp. Once you find this vegan mayo recipe, you’ll forget store-bought mayonnaise forever.

20. Silken Tofu Orange Pudding Dessert

Surprise your guests by making this silken tofu pudding at home. This delicious silken tofu orange pudding is an easy and impressive dessert perfect for mid-week cravings and is always a party favorite. This pudding doesn’t involve cooking and can be ready in minutes using only five simple ingredients. All you need is silken tofu, orange zest, orange juice, granulated sugar, and butter (or coconut oil). Add monk fruit sugar to make it a low-calorie dessert. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender for a smooth consistency. Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate covered for one hour or overnight. This orange tofu pudding is gluten-free and dairy-free and made without gelatin. Perfect for those following dietary restrictions.

21. Mango Tofu Smoothie

Looking for a refreshing summer treat to cool you down on a hot day? Give mango tofu smoothie a try. Made with nutrient-rich ingredients, it can be ready in less than 5 minutes. This low-calorie drink is void of lactose can be made without using artificial sweeteners. All you need is ripe frozen mangoes, orange juice, ripe banana, tofu, plant-based milk (soy milk/coconut milk), maple syrup (if you like your smoothie sweet), and a high-speed blender to make a budget-friendly smoothie at home. Now skip going to a fancy restaurant or café to order your favorite smoothie. Gather your ingredients to make a delicious and healthy smoothie at home.

22. Korean Tofu Soup

If you’re looking for one pot meal that is rich in flavor and ready in 30 minutes, this is the soup recipe you’ve been looking for so long. With a garlicky twist, protein-rich tofu for a creamy texture, umami flavors from kimchi, smoky flavors from Gochugaru flakes, and authentic flavors from sesame oil, this spicy tofu soup is so delicious that it will be finished in seconds. Start by sauteing the garlic and shallot, followed by Gochugaru flakes until you see a nice vibrant color. Then add kimchi and sear it for another minute. Add broth and soy sauce and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the tofu and simmer for 10 minutes to soak all the flavors. What you’ll love most about this delicious soup is that it tastes even better the following day. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this delightful spicy tofu soup.

23. No Bake Silken Tofu Raspberry Mousse

Looking for a gluten-free, gelatin-free, and low-fat mousse? Silken tofu raspberry mousse is made without using eggs or dairy, and is a creamy and luscious treat for any dessert lovers. This dessert combines tofu, fresh raspberries, lemon juice, liquid sweetener, and vanilla extract for a smooth and silky texture. Blend all the ingredients except raspberries to gain a smooth and velvety texture. Take one bowl of this mixture and set it aside. Add raspberries to the leftover mix in the blender and blend until smooth. Assemble by dividing the raspberry tofu mixture in serving glasses and then topping it with the vanilla mixture. Top with anything you love, including fresh fruits, granola, or chopped nuts. If you’re following dietary restrictions but looking for a recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth craving, this velvety dessert is for you.

24. Vegan Butter Chicken (BUTTER TOFU)

This vegan butter tofu is so delicious that you won’t be able to tell that it is made without chicken. This recipe features a variety of ingredients, including tofu. Tofu is cooked in a creamy cashew tomato sauce, made by bending soaked cashews with almond milk: sauté onion, garlic, and ginger in coconut oil, followed by spices. Add canned diced tomatoes and maple syrup and stir in cubed tofu and cashew cream. Let it cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. The sauce adds a tangy and cream twist, and spices add a depth of flavor. Serve with steamed rice or naan bread to treat your friends and family. This dish is a must-try for anyone looking for a healthy twist to a traditional butter chicken recipe.

25. Comforting Vegan Miso Soup

Are you looking for a comforting meal on a chilly winter day while cozying up on your couch? This delicious miso soup features silken tofu, dried kombu, and miso paste. Boil the kombu in boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes after removing it from the heat. Remove from the water and spare some hot water. Add miso to the water and mix until combined well. Pour the paste back into the pot, followed by tofu and scallions (green onion). Transfer to a serving bowl and serve warm. It’s packed with flavor and nutrients and will become your new favorite.

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