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.
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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).
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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!
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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!
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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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