10 Simple Tofu Recipes for Beginner Vegetarians

By F&W Editors Posted February 11, 2016

Don't fear tofu!

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and go vegetarian. Here's some advice: Don't be scared of tofu! Though you might be used to thinking of it as a stand-in for meat, tofu is at its most delicious when it does its own thing. Here are a few supersimple, crazy-tasty recipes to get you started.

1. Crunchy Tofu Tacos

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These quick, crispy tacos are stuffed with fried tofu, crunchy peanuts, kimchi and Asian pear.

2. Vegetarian Butter Tofu

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Soft tofu, which is similar to the Indian cheese paneer, makes for a vegetarian-friendly variation on the traditional Indian butter chicken recipe.

3. Glazed Tofu-Mushroom Salad

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Ketchup helps form a sweet glaze on both the mushrooms and the tofu in this fast, warm salad.

4. Scrambled Tofu with Potatoes, Mushrooms and Peppers

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This silky mix of mushrooms, potatoes, roasted bell peppers and tofu is topped with brightly flavored pesto sauce.

5. Teriyaki Tofu

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Get a ton of flavor with minimal effort with this simple combination of crisped tofu and homemade teriyaki.

6. Sriracha-Garlic Tofu with Mint

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This super-easy dish gets amped up with spicy Sriracha sauce and cooled with fresh mint and cilantro.

7. Vegan Tofu Biryani

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Made with fragrant basmati rice and aromatic spices, this healthy biryani smells as good as it tastes.

8. Miso and Shiitake Mushroom Tofu

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Shiitake mushrooms add a woodsy, earthy flavor to this rich miso and seared tofu dish.

9. Tofu, Kale & Cherry Tomatoes in White Wine Sauce

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To make this superfast dish, you simmer kale and cherry tomatoes in a white wine sauce before adding crispy tofu.

10. Curried Pan-Seared Tofu with Bell Peppers

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Pan seared tofu and crunchy bell peppers are especially delicious when simmered in a soupy coconut curry sauce.

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