Our tofu recipes offer options galore, whether you’re just looking for a new way to serve an old favorite or you’re tentatively trying this plant-based option for the first time. The versatility and taste will lure you back again and again.


Three portions of glazed tofu in a skillet
Evan Sung
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Glazed Tofu

This glazed tofu recipe made with honey and soy sauce is crazy simple yet spectacularly impressive. Crispy at the edges and easy as can be. Folks who already love tofu are swooning and it’s wooing even avowed tofu haters.
A ceramic bowl filled with silken tofu with soy-sauced tomatoes and scallion and basil leaves to garnish.
Cara Howe
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Silken Tofu with Soy-Sauced Tomatoes

Silken tofu with soy-sauced tomatoes is a quick summer dish that comes together with only a little heat and effort. Fresh tomatoes are sautéed with olive oil and soy sauce, dolloped over cool and creamy tofu before being drizzled with sesame oil and scallions. Light, refreshing, and just enough for those sultry afternoons. 
A plate of orange-braised tofu with fennel and onion wedges and orange segments on top.
Christophe Girard
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Orange-Braised Tofu

This orange-braised tofu, which is gently cooked with fennel and onion wedges and sprinkled with nuts and orange segments, is an easy meal that will satisfy vegetarians and carnivores alike.
Two plates of warm cabbage salad with fried crispy tofu, carrots, cilantro on woven placemats
Keller & Keller
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Cabbage Salad with Crispy Tofu

In this cabbage salad with crispy tofu, medium firm tofu is coated, pan-fried, and laid on top of a napa cabbage-carrot-peanut salad tossed with an Asian garlic-chile sauce.
A brown ceramic bowl filled with mapo tofu.
Yuki Sugiura
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Mapo Tofu

Mapo tofu is a spicy comfort food that combines stir-fried tofu and ground beef with ginger and garlic in a Sichuan pepper sauce. A classic that defies description. Just gotta taste it.
A black dish filled with spicy tofu with peanuts.
Christophe Girard
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Spicy Tofu with Peanuts

This spicy tofu with peanuts is a quick stir-fry of marinated tofu, scallions, garlic, ginger, peanuts, Sichuan chiles, and a soy-vinegar sauce.
An octagonal bowl filled with tofu and vegetables in coconut milk on a colorful cloth with a large bowl in the background.
Christopher Hirsheimer
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Tofu and Vegetables in Coconut Milk

This light curry is filled with plenty of vegetables and a chile-infused coconut milk broth. Deep frying the tofu gives it a different texture that also helps it to absorb loads of flavor from the superb curry paste mixture.
A piece of silken tofu with pine nuts and pickled chiles topped with cilantro in a blue ceramic bowl.
David Loftus
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Silken Tofu with Pine Nuts and Pickled Chiles

This silken tofu with pine nuts and pickled chiles is an umami-rich appetizer that juxtaposes creamy tofu with a tangy dipping sauce, toasted pine nuts, and the warmth of chile peppers.
Several irregularly shaped pieces of miso glazed tofu on a black slate background
Sarah Flotard
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Miso Glazed Tofu

This miso-glazed tofu recipe douses extra-firm tofu with an umami-rich miso and hot sauce glaze and bakes it until golden. Excellent served either straight from the oven or cold from the fridge.
A bowl filled with Sichuan tofu noodles and a pair of chopsticks resting beside
Nassima Rothacker
10 of 13

Mapo Tofu Ramen

This mapo tofu ramen is made with ramen noodles that are smothered in a mouth-tingling sauce of tofu, ground pork, plenty of chiles, preserved black beans, and bean sauce. An easy and comforting mash-up of Chinese mapo tofu and Japanese ramen.
Broiled Tofu on aluminim foil-lined sheet pan.
Sarah Culver
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Broiled Tofu

Broiled tofu may not sound sexy but this quick and easy technique is seductive as heck when you need dinner to be done pronto. Here’s how to make it plus a simple pantry-friendly marinade—actually, we give you a choice of three marinades.
A person assembling a taco with a plate of tofu adobo, a bowl of green sauce, and a bowl of rice with peas on the table.
Bonnie Savage
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Tofu Adobo

Tofu adobo may not be classic Mexican fare but it does have classic Mexican flare thanks to an authentic made-from-scratch sauce. Full of peppers, cumin, garlic, cinnamon, and paprika, it’s flavorful, smoky, and good for you.
A green plate of deep-fried tofu with peanuts on a table, beside a bowl of peanuts.
Alan Benson
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Deep-Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce

Deep-fried tofu with peanut sauce is a serious upgrade from some boring tofu recipes. If you're even the slightest bit tofu-curious, let me show you just how good it can be.

About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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  1. The easiest tofu recipe is to cube silken tofu and top with maple syrup. Great breakfast or snack and very refreshing.