Vegan Tofu Scramble

Haile Thomas says she used to eat scrambled eggs nearly every morning. When she went vegan, she wanted to make sure she could mimic those creamy and cheesy scrambles with vegan ingredients. Nutritional yeast adds a rich and nutty "cheesy" flavor, while oat milk lends this scramble a bit of creaminess. She says the layering of herbs, spices, and vegetables is what really brings the scramble to life. Thomas even adds a pinch or two of kala namak (black salt) to emulate the sulfuric taste in eggs.

Cast Iron Skillet with Tofu Scrambled Eggs Recipe
Photo: Haile Thomas / Will Coleman
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 14-ounce package extra-firm tofu, drained

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme

  • 5 tablespoons nutritional yeast, divided

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1/2 yellow onion, cut into medium dice

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened oat milk

  • 1/2 cup shredded vegan cheese of your choice

  • Kosher salt

Optional (But Highly Recommended) Add-ins

  • Greens: chopped kale/spinach/Swiss chardHalved cherry tomatoesChopped fresh cilantroChopped fresh parsleyPinch of black salt (kala namak)Minced chivesSliced scallionsMicrogreen of your choice (I love pea shoots!)


  1. In a medium bowl, smash the tofu until it’s soft but still a bit chunky. Set aside.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, oregano, thyme, and 3 tablespoons of the nutritional yeast. Set the spice blend aside.

  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 2 minutes, or until softened. Soak in the heavenly smell!

  4. In a small bowl, mix the remaining 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast with ¼ cup water. Add to the pan and stir to incorporate. Add tofu, the spice blend, salt to taste, the oat milk, and the vegan cheese and stir to combine.

  5. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes to meld the flavors and melt the cheese. Taste and adjust the flavors and salt as needed.

  6. Reduce the heat and mix in any additional ingredients, like veggies and fresh herbs. Remove from the heat and serve!


From Living Lively by Haile Thomas. Copyright © 2020 by Haile Thomas. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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