10 Simple Tofu Recipes for Beginner Vegetarians

Tofu is your secret weapon for adding texture, protein, and pleasure to your favorite dishes.

Tofu, Kale & Cherry Tomatoes in White Wine Sauce

So, you've decided to cut down on or even eliminate meat from your diet. Here's some advice: embrace 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 super simple, delicious recipes to get you started.

Crunchy Tofu Tacos

Crunchy Tofu Tacos
© Con Poulos

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

Vegetarian Butter Tofu

Vegetarian Butter Tofu

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

Glazed Tofu-Mushroom Salad

Glazed Tofu-Mushroom Salad

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

Scrambled Tofu with Potatoes, Mushrooms, and Peppers

Scrambled Tofu with Potatoes, Mushrooms and Peppers
© Evi Abeler

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

Teriyaki Tofu


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

Sriracha-Garlic Tofu with Mint

Sriracha Garlic Tofu with Mint

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

Vegan Tofu Biryani

Vegan Tofu Biryani
© Kristen Stevens

Made with fragrant basmati rice and aromatic spices, this hearty, protein-packed biryani smells as good as it tastes.

Miso and Shiitake Mushroom Tofu


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

Tofu, Kale, and Cherry Tomatoes in White Wine Sauce

Tofu, Kale & Cherry Tomatoes in White Wine Sauce

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

Curried Pan-Seared Tofu with Bell Peppers

Curried Pan-Seared Tofu with Bell Peppers

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

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