Our 12 Best Tofu Recipes

Chilled Tofu with Soy Dressing
Photo: Marcus Nilsson

Tofu is terrific, as long as it's prepared and sauced properly. Here are 27 terrific tofu recipes, from fried tofu with spicy ginger-sesame sauce to crispy kale-and-tofu salad with coconut.

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Chilled Tofu with Apple Soy Sauce

Chilled Tofu with Apple Soy Sauce
Con Poulos

This refreshing and light starter is based on the popular Japanese dish called hiyayakko, which is simply chilled tofu dressed with flavorful toppings. In his version, Food & Wine's Justin Chapple drizzles a sweet-salty mix of apple juice and soy sauce on top, then garnishes with a few tasty things, including crunchy radishes and toasted sesame seeds.

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Crispy Tofu Steaks with Ginger Vinaigrette

Crispy Tofu Steaks
© Eva Kolenko

F&W's Kay Chun uses panko to coat tofu steaks, then pan-fries them until they're crispy outside and creamy within.

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Crunchy Tofu Tacos

Crunchy Tofu Tacos
© Con Poulos

These vegetarian tacos by chef Joe Kim combine fried tofu and peanuts.

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Chili con Tofu

Chili con Tofu
© SABRA KROCK

Spicy chili seasonings work wonders for the bland flavor of tofu. For a more substantial, spicy chili, use the same weight of tempeh in place of the tofu. Since tempeh is not packed in water, there is no need to pat it dry before sautéing, but stir in up to one extra cup of water in Step 4 when adding the beans.

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Fried Tofu with Spicy Ginger-Sesame Sauce

Fried Tofu with Spicy Ginger-Sesame Sauce
© Anson Smart.

Tofu is an unlikely partner for red wine, but in this recipe by Young Hwa Chung — wife of Hi Sang Lee — a soy-ginger glaze works well with a Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Cold Peanut Noodles with Tofu and Red Peppers

Cold Peanut Noodles with Tofu and Red Peppers
© Quentin Bacon

A vast improvement on the usual sesame noodles made famous by a million Chinese take-out menus, this silky version includes chunks of tofu and sweet, crunchy slices of red bell pepper.

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Tofu, Eggplant, and Shiitake Noodle Soup

Tofu, Eggplant and Shiitake Noodle Soup

To simplify the Cambodian noodle soup, we added fewer vegetables to store-bought vegetable broth.

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Stir-Fried Tofu with Bok Choy

Stir-Fried Tofu with Bok Choy
© Frances Janisch

This dish, adapted from Harumi Kurihara's Harumi's Japanese Cooking, is topped with a sprinkling of umami-packed bouillon.

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Caesar Salad with Crispy Tofu Croutons

Caesar Salad with Crispy Tofu Croutons
© Stephanie Foley

In this creative remix of a classic Caesar, Melissa Rubel Jacobson pan-fries tofu cubes until they become crisp and crouton-like. Plus, she blends soft tofu with olive oil, lemon juice and an anchovy to make a terrific Caesar-style dressing without the standard raw egg yolks.

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Chicken Hot Pot with Mushrooms and Tofu

Chicken Hot Pot with Mushrooms and Tofu
© Kana Okada

Cooks in Asia serve hot pots communally, setting a big pot of bubbling broth on the table alongside a platter of raw ingredients (like vegetables and thinly sliced chicken) for dipping. It's a fun way for guests to feel like they have a hand in making their own meal. In his version, Ethan Stowell gives each person at the table an individual bowl of sliced mushrooms, tofu and scallions, then adds piping hot chicken broth loaded with chunks of tender cooked chicken.

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Crispy Tofu Bibimbap with Mustard Greens & Zucchini

Crispy Tofu Bibimbap with Mustard Greens & Zucchini
© Con Poulos

Michael Natkin's version of the Korean dish bibimbap swaps out runny egg for crispy tofu on top to for a delicious vegan dish.

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Sriracha-Garlic Tofu with Mint

Sriracha Garlic Tofu with Mint
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

The spice of Sriracha combines with the cooling power of mint for a pleasingly balanced tofu dish.

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