How to cook tofu? 10 recipes to finally love it! - Vegan freestyle (2024)

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I often hear people say: “I don't like tofu, it has no taste, it's disgusting, I've tried everything but really...it's not for me«.

I even heard it again just last week when I was at a restaurant enjoying my delicious tofu with satay sauce and my table neighbors thought it was a good idea to comment on my dish and to say how disgusting they found it...

Given the number of possible recipes with tofu, I deeply doubt that these people have tried everything (or even that they have tried at all).

Because there are a lot of preconceptions about tofu, between the fact that it is bad for your health and that it is tasteless...

Yes, just that, the meat lobby has worked well...

But that inspired me to write this article where I'm going to talk to you abouthow to cook tofuto finally love him.

Before seeing which recipes will enhance tofu and give it all its flavor, we will already seehow to choose the right tofuto get off to a good start.

It's like everything, if you don't have the right products, you can't appreciate it at its true value.

How to choose the right tofu?

So for the bravest, the best tofu is the one you make yourself (unless you find a restaurant that makes its own tofu). Well after that it takes time, it's tedious but it will probably be the best tofu you will ever eat. If you want to embark on this adventure,my homemade tofu recipe is available here.

For others, you can buy your tofua magazine bio. So yes I'm sorry, you really have to go to an organic store because the vacuum packed tofu, super compact from the supermarket or those from the Asian market which are often too soft, are really not great at the moment...

In organic stores you will find several different brands: Taifun, Soy, Tossolia, Sojami, Naturalia and probably others.

You will also find firm, silken, lacto-fermented, plain or flavored tofu.

Personally, I prefer Taifun brand tofu, whether firm, silken or flavored (especially smoked tofu, black forest, rosso and basil). And I have become very fussy, if there isn't one, I sometimes buy the one from Naturalia which is also very good, but otherwise I prefer not to take it.

And if you want to consume tofu 100% made in France, in this case you must opt ​​for the Tossolia or Naturalia brand.

Plus, don’t worry, it’s really not expensive, Taifun’s 400g natural firm tofu, for example, costs around €2 (depending on the store).

I am not going to enter into the endless debate here: is tofu good or bad for your health, I invite you to read this article where I already answer this question: “Are deficiencies inevitable in a vegan diet

How to cook tofu simply?

Today I will focus on theplain firm tofuand offer you 10 recipes, my favorite recipes that I make all the time and also essential recipes proposed by other vegan cooks.

3 Snacked Tofu recipes

Every person must have their favorite tofu recipe. I admit that the way I cook it most often is simply snacked tofu.

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The idea is to cut pieces of tofu, marinate them for a few minutes (or not) in tamari, agave syrup, powdered ginger then brown them in oil (olive, sesame …) and at the end I add the marinade and blond or black sesame seeds.

That's the basis. And it can accompany lots of different dishes! Bowls, pasta, Asian dishes, rice…
Here is3 sample recipesin which I usele tofu snacké.

Vegetable tagliatelle and snacked tofu

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A great classic, very easy and quick to make. You can use seasonal vegetables, just sauté them Asian style, in oil quickly, adding Japanese spices and flavors. We add rice noodles then the snacked tofu. To read the full recipe, click hereRice tagliatelle with vegetables and tofu

Vegetable wok and snacked tofu

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Another version, in the wok with different vegetables: Chinese cabbage, broccolini, Japanese noodles and cashew nuts. Click on the recipe:Vegetable wok with snacked tofu

Wrap au tofu snacké

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Ideal for lunch or a picnic, you can eat these tofu hot or cold, in a wrap or sandwich accompanied by raw vegetables and a little sauce. Find the recipe here:Sesame snacked tofu wrap

4 Breaded Tofu Recipes

My second favorite way to cook tofu is to bread it! And I love having fun with textures and tastes.

Basic breaded tofu

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Inmy ebook My First Steps VeganI offer you a very simple version of breaded tofu, which looks more like “battered fish”. I often use it in burgers or just with a dish of spaghetti and a little sauce.

Indonesian Dressed Tofu

In the #MaSemaineVegan meal plan I offered a breaded peanut tofu.

I suggest youdownload for free in the week of Meal Plan Test available here.

In short, I love looking for new ideas and playing with the textures of tofu crusts :-)

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Tofu Katsu et Rice Burger

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In this article, I teach you how to make tofu katsu. This is a Japanese recipe normally with pork and panko breadcrumbs. In the recipe I use homemade cornflake crumbs instead of panko. The recipe for tofu katsu and rice burger can be found here:Tofu Katsu and rice burger

Crispy-Tofu from La Petit Okara

A video recipe from “La Petite Okara” available on its YouTube channel for a very delicious and tasty Crousti-tofu! To integrate into a Caesar salad or rather Cleopatra Salad ;-) Watch the video to see the recipe.

2 recipes for Tofu in sauce

Another way to cook tofu is to serve it with a generous and creamy sauce which will bring all the flavor to plain tofu.

Tofu & Chou-fleur Tikka Masala

This recipe is part of the #ComfortFood Meal Plan of My Vegan Week which you can receive for free insubscribing to our newsletter here. You will receive 2 weeks of Meal Plan, i.e. 10 savory vegan recipes to help you organize yourself and plant-based your diet in 21 days.

General Tao Tofu

General Tao tofu: easy and quick to make and with a taste that is both sweet and spicy. Ideal for a first recipe. Discover the recipe by watching this quick video from “La Cuisine de Jean-Philippe”.

1 recipe for smoked tofu tartare

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I know, I know, you can already buy smoked tofu ready-made. But it’s also good to know how to start with plain firm tofu and give it flavors. For this recipe, you can obviously buy smoked tofu or, alternatively, smoke it yourself with smoked paprika to add to the marinade instead of Lapsang Souchong tea.

Smoked zucchini and mango tartare

2 recipes for tofu balls

Tofu is also delicious mixed. We don't necessarily think about doing it because it definitely requires a little more work than just cutting it into pieces.

Tofu sea croquettes

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Inthe Apéro Chill Vegan ebook, I offer a recipe for Sea Tofu Croquettes that I have decided to share with you here exclusively.

I invite you to really try tofu this way because it’s completely different.

Ingredients for around ten croquettes

  • 325 g firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp. teaspoon seed dill
  • 2 sheets of nori
  • 4 tbsp. tablespoon of tamari
  • the juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 C. teaspoon garlic powder
  • 30 g of breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp. tablespoon of chickpea flour
  • 5 berries
  • Sel
  • Olive oil


Preparing sea croquettes

  1. Mix the 325 g of tofu, the nori sheets, the tamari, the lemon juice and the garlic until you obtain a hom*ogeneous mixture.
  2. In a soup plate mix 2 tbsp. of chickpea flour with 2 tbsp. tablespoon of water
  3. In another plate, put the breadcrumbs
  4. Heat oil in a frying pan or deep fryer
  5. Form the balls with your hands, dip them once in the chickpea + water mixture, then in the breadcrumbs and fry them evenly on all sides.
  6. Remove them from the heat and place them on absorbent paper.
  7. Enjoy as an aperitif with a little sauce of your choice

Spinach & mint tofu balls

While preparing this article, I came across Eva's video Les Petit* Dishes, which she has just posted and which also talks about this big debate “Tofu is disgusting!”. A very informative and funny video at the same time :-)

I'll let you discover it with a bonus recipe for spinach & mint tofu balls.

That’s it for this overview of recipes using firm tofu.

And you, what do you think of tofu? Do you hate it or love it? Tell me your favorite recipes in the comments :)

How to cook tofu? 10 recipes to finally love it! - Vegan freestyle (2024)

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