best tofu recipes

Deliciously-Easy Recipes Starring Tofu

Tofu is something of a pantry staple in our kitchen. We love how versatile it is, lending itself just as easily to a marinade as to a stir-fry or even baked dish. Not only is it easy to cook with, it’s also a blank canvas for highlighting the flavours of the sauce it is cooked in. Which essentially means we could eat tofu each day of the week – experimenting with a different preparation each time – and never tire of it. Seriously. Don’t believe me? Gathered here are the best tofu recipes to prove it, from Asian-inspired dishes (sweet, hot & sour tofu anyone?) to a brunch-appropriate vegan scramble and more!

Hot, Sweet & Sour Tofu
An explosion of hot, sweet and sour flavours set against a riot of textures from creamy tofu to gently stir-fried veggies. Serve this comfort-driven dish on a bed of rice with a garnish of toasted peanuts/ cashews.

Vegan Sundubu Jjigae (Spicy Soft Tofu Stew)
Pronounced SOON-DOO-BOO  JIG-AY, this hot and spicy Korean soft tofu stew stars shades of heat from gochugaru (a Korean spice mix) foiled by the melt-in-your-mouth texture of creamy tofu. Serve this vegan Sundubu Jjigae with the rice of your choice (short grain rice preferably).

Vegan Tofu Scramble
Packed with protein, this tofu scramble is as close as it gets to scrambled eggs in texture. Assembled on grilled pita (or a bread of your choice) with a deliciously-nutty Tahini based dressing – it’s full of flavour, proving that healthy really can be delicious too!

Mapo Tofu Szechuan Peppercorns
A signature Szechuan dish of tofu, mushrooms and green beans with a spicy twist, this is a classic recipe to add to your repertoire of home-cooked Asian dishes!

Of course, when you get down to it, there’s no dearth of stir-fry sauces – from Sichuan and Sweet Chilli to Black Pepper – that can elevate humble tofu with a myriad of flavours as complex as they are intense.

Remember, if you want your stir-fried tofu to be extra-crispy, use extra-firm tofu and dust it with cornflour before pan-frying on each side until the tofu is evenly crisp and browned!

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