Tofu Recipes

Tofu gets a bad rap. In some cases for good reason, but when done right, it's fantastic. Tofu is a wonderfully versatile, substantial, and delicious ingredient that has been used in traditional cuisines since ancient times. It is celebrated for its adaptability, and serves as an important protein source. There are endless ways to prepare it - fresh, aged, pressed, crumbled, marinated, and countless others. Here are some of my favorite tofu recipes.

Immunity Soup

Immunity Soup

A soup built on a monster white pepper broth. White pepper with jolts of ginger, and stabs of garlic - clear and strong topped with tofu, mushrooms, watermelon radish, and lots of green onions.

Kimchi Soup

Kimchi Soup

A Kimchi Soup inspired by a bowl of fiesty, fiery, brothy cabbage soup I had years ago at Namu Gaji in San Francisco.

Lazy Day Peanut Noodle Salad

Lazy Day Peanut Noodle Salad

A peanut noodle salad recipe featuring soba noodles punctuated with spring onions, tofu, peanuts, and asparagus. Serve it up family-style on a platter at a potluck, party, or buffet - it holds up perfectly at room temp.

Coconut Broccoli Soup

Coconut Broccoli Soup

Lunch at the studio today involved broccoli soup heated on a new hotplate - a simple broccoli and spinach affair made with a coconut milk broth, topped with good stuff like pan-fried tofu croutons, toasted almonds, and shredded scallions.

Avocado Spring Rolls

Avocado Spring Rolls

I'm posting this spring roll recipe from Morocco, they were much needed for the flight over. Rice paper wrappers with brown rice, tofu, avocado, chopped hazelnuts, and a slather of intense oregano sauce. Plus a few snapshots of the trip so far.

Wintery Spring Rolls

Wintery Spring Rolls

The spring rolls I packed for a flight from San Francisco to Paris - ginger-onion paste, brown sugar tofu, mushrooms, and herbs.

Winter Vegetable & Tofu Korma

Winter Vegetable & Tofu Korma

A thick, cumin and coriander-spiced root vegetable stew. It's a free-wheeling one-pot dinner that attempts to use up whatever winter vegetables I have lingering about.

Green Curry Broth

Green Curry Broth

A beautiful, thin green curry broth, fragrant with garlic, lemongrass, and ginger. It gets heat from serrano chiles, and zings of tanginess from fresh lime juice. Cumin and coriander seeds keep things grounded, and a flurry of freshly chopped herbs make the sky open up.

Heather's Quinoa

Heather's Quinoa

A one-skillet quinoa recipe - quinoa, corn, chopped kale and pan-toasted tofu tossed with a big dollop of pesto and finished off with a few roasted cherry tomatoes.

Caramelized Tofu

Caramelized Tofu

One of my favorite tofu recipes, caramelized strips of tofu served over sauteed shredded brussels sprouts. It come together quickly and uses just one pan.

Fig Leaf Coconut Rice

Fig Leaf Coconut Rice

This coconut rice is special thanks to a tip Claudia Schwartz (the lovely, charming proprietress of San Francisco's Bell'occhio) gave me. Simmering the rice grains with a single fig leaf gives the rice a wonderful, unexpected flavor and fragrance. Serve topped with toasted pepitas, dried figs, scallions, and pan-fried tofu.

Tofu Amaranth Salad

Tofu Amaranth Salad

A good number of you were curious about the tofu and amaranth salad pictured next to those chive pancakes I posted a few weeks back. Here's the recipe. Thanks for your patience!

Summer Vegetable Curry

Summer Vegetable Curry

A summer vegetable curry punctuated with the citrusy pop of fresh coriander seeds.

Cold Soba Noodles

Cold Soba Noodles

Cold soba noodles with a big dollop of ginger-scallion paste for the flight to Tokyo, plus pics from Japan, and a link to a few favorite spots in Tokyo.

Miso Sesame Winter Squash

Miso Sesame Winter Squash

Inspired by a recipe in Bryant Terry's new cookbook, The Inspired Vegan. Roasted winter squash (and tofu) with a miso, maple, sesame, citrus sauce.

Super Natural Every Day: Six Recipe Sampler

Super Natural Every Day: Six Recipe Sampler

A six recipe PDF sampler from my new cookbook, Super Natural Every Day. It includes a few of my v. favorite recipes - Millet Muffins, Ravioli Salad, Avocado & Mustard Seeds, Black Sesame Otsu, Tinto de Verano, and a Tutti-Frutti Crumble. Enjoy!

Shichimi Mushroom Rice Bowl

Shichimi Mushroom Rice Bowl

I made this mushroom topped brown rice bowl the other night when I returned from Yosemite - chanterelles, garlic, kale, tofu, and lots of Shichimi Togarashi, the Japanese spice blend.

Tofu Burgers

Tofu Burgers

Seasoned with a good amount of cumin, cayenne and mustard, these are hearty, filling, easy to make, dump-everything-in-the-food processor tofu burgers.

Grilled Tofu & Soba Noodles

Grilled Tofu & Soba Noodles

Soba noodles and grilled tofu tossed with a garlic-cilantro dressing. I prepped all the components for this ahead of a camping trip, but you could take the same approach for a quick, mid-week lunch if camping isn't your thing.

Feisty Green Beans

Feisty Green Beans

A riff on a recipe from Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic - green beans, creme fraiche, garlic, golden raisins, almonds, a range of spices. They caught my attention when Anna said...the ingredient list is long, but these are the best green beans you'll ever make.

Almond Soba Noodles

Almond Soba Noodles

A bit of a twist on the peanut noodle salad - this version features soba noodles with a spicy Thai-curry and almond butter sauce, topped with some sauteed tofu and pea shoots.

Lemon Cucumber Tofu Salad

Lemon Cucumber Tofu Salad

A simple tofu salad recipe made by marinating cucumbers and chopped dill in lemon juice and olive oil, then tossing with tofu, pine nuts, and avocado.

Ginger-Poached Noodles

Ginger-Poached Noodles

Poached spinach noodles, tofu, and baby broccoli in ginger broth. Finished with a splash of soy sauce, mint, basil, lime juice and red pepper flakes. Quick, simple, and invigorating.

Asparagus Stir-Fry

Asparagus Stir-Fry

A favorite stir-fry recipe. Asparagus and tofu form the base, but it has quite a lot going on beyond that. You get a bite of tang from the lime, heat from the red chiles and fresh ginger, mint and basil cool things down, and a touch hoisin sauce gives you just enough sweetness to balance it all out.

Wild Fried Rice

Wild Fried Rice

Fried rice made with wild rice, a thin omelette cut into strips, a splash of soy sauce, tofu, and whatever seasonal greens you have on hand - peas, asparagus, pea shoots, spinach.

Cashew Curry

Cashew Curry

A simple, last-minute curry recipe - curry powder in coconut milk, deeply toasted cashew nuts, a handful of green beans, two handfuls of tiny cauliflower florets, and a bit of tofu for good measure.

Miso Soup

Miso Soup

A simple, everyday approach to miso soup - it yields me a bowl of soup in five or ten minutes. You can keep it simple if you like, but in this version I add soba noodles and tofu, and a few garnishes.

Wild Seaweed Salad

Wild Seaweed Salad

Toasted wild nori alongside cilantro, tofu, and plenty of wild rice. The dressing for this salad isn't shy - assertive notes of sesame, ginger, cayenne pepper and soy sauce work their way into the wild rice and tofu. Lots of flavor.

Slurp-tastic Herb Noodles

Slurp-tastic Herb Noodles

A big, slurpy bowl of whisper-thin spinach noodles draped in a spicy curry and herb broth - inspired by a beautiful box of noodles I picked up in Mill Valley, Ca.

Chopped Miso Salad

Chopped Miso Salad

A favorite chopped salad recipe - fresh and crunchy with toasted, plenty of pan-fried shallots, chives, cabbage, red onions, and tossed with a simple miso dressing.

Lemony Chickpea Stir-fry

Lemony Chickpea Stir-fry

A tasty, quick, and easy stir-fry recipe featuring golden crusted, pan-fried chickpeas, chopped kale, summer squash, tofu, and a bit of lemon zest.

Cilantro Noodle Bowl

Cilantro Noodle Bowl

This zesty, cilantro-centric soba noodle bowl features a hefty dose of the green stuff, pan-toasted tofu, and plenty of vegetables.

Lemon Achiote Grilled Tofu

Lemon Achiote Grilled Tofu

Simple to make, this lemon achiote grilled tofu recipe gets a nice tangy backbone from and achiote and cayenne-spiked marinade made with freshly squeezed lemon juice and a bit of brown sugar.

Spinach Rice Gratin

Spinach Rice Gratin

A delicious rice gratin recipe - a hearty casserole of baked rice flecked with spinach. The top bakes into a golden cheese crust made even better with a generous sprinkling of black olives, red onions, and toasted pine nuts.

Sushi Bowl

Sushi Bowl

This sushi bowl recipe is simply a de-constructed sushi roll - brown rice, tofu, avocado, toasted nori and green onions served with a citrus-soy dressing. Simple and delicious.

Heavenly Pie

Heavenly Pie

Imagine a honey-sweetened graham cracker crust filled with a cream cheese chocolate filling. From the book Country Wisdom & Know-How - the recipe calls for equal parts tofu and cream cheese in the filling. This combination creates a decadent, mousse-like texture that's also a breeze to cut into precision slices.

In a Hurry Green Curry

In a Hurry Green Curry

A quick and delicious green curry recipe - peas, asparagus, and tofu swimming in a fragrant, not-overly-rich Thai green chile broth.

Cumin-spiked Tofu

Cumin-spiked Tofu

Slabs of tofu marinated in a cumin, garlic, yogurt slather and cooked on a grill or in a grill pan or skillet.

Garlic Soba Noodles

Garlic Soba Noodles

Delicious garlic soba noodle recipe made with soba noodles, Parmesan, greens, and garlic powder topped with golden Parmesan-crusted tofu.

Garam Masala Tofu Scramble

Garam Masala Tofu Scramble

A favorite (and quick) tofu scramble recipe using shaved fennel, caramelized onions spices and dried fruit, and then counter-balancing those flavors with cilantro and chopped nuts.

Baked Artichoke Dip

Baked Artichoke Dip

An updated, healthier version of my favorite artichoke dip recipe. Artichokes pureed with yogurt, tofu, Parmesan cheese, and garlic and baked until golden.

Vegan Caesar Salad

Vegan Caesar Salad

Vegan Caesar salad recipe from best-selling authors Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero - no eggs, no dairy. Delicious, creamy lemon-caper dressing and garlic croutons.

Poached Eggs Over Rice

Poached Eggs Over Rice

An unassuming yet satisfying little rice bowl recipe - simply a reasonable serving of chard-flecked whole grain rice topped with a poached egg.

My Favorite Grilled Kabob

My Favorite Grilled Kabob

A kabob recipe featuring grilled mushrooms, lemons, tofu red onions and a delicious red pepper walnut slather.

Curried Noodle Patties

Curried Noodle Patties

A great way to use up leftover noodles. These savory noodle cakes make a great lunch and are easily adaptable a hundred different ways.

Amaretto-spiked Chocolate Mousse

Amaretto-spiked Chocolate Mousse

Simple-yet-decadent this dairy-free chocolate mousse recipe wins over non-vegans and vegans alike.

Spinach-Mushroom Quiche

Spinach-Mushroom Quiche

This is a spinach mushroom quiche recipe that features no dairy, no eggs, and no butter. Sounds like it would lack something in the taste department, right? Wrong. It was delicious.

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