10 Tofu Recipes for Every Diet

Cooking How-To,Featured Article,Ingredient,International Food
March 28, 2013

Chef Steve Petusevsky guides us through cooking with tofu.

Chocolate-Orange Mousse
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Bring on the soy sauce, garlic, peanut butter and chocolate.

Once a counter-culture food, tofu is now at the center of many a plate. It’s stir-fried, in wraps, broiled in teriyaki sauce, and deep-fried (making it suspiciously similar to chicken nuggets) at Whole Foods Markets.

Tofu is the perfect culinary chameleon. It’s very porous and soaks up whatever flavor you match it with. There are two types: water-packed and silken, vacuum packed in boxes. Water-packed tofu, often labeled “firm” and “extra-firm,” is wonderful cut into slabs, marinated and grilled, pan seared or cubed and stir-fried. Silken tofu is soft and creamy, almost custard-like and can be made into dressings, pie fillings and puddings.

Here are some quick suggestions and recipes for an appetizer, a main dish and a dessert.

  • Brush extra-firm tofu with barbecue sauce and bake.
  • Dice firm tofu into cubes and stir-fry with mixed vegetables.
  • Add diced silken tofu to noodle broth with vegetables.
  • Puree silken tofu with honey, cocoa powder and vanilla, place in glasses and refrigerate overnight like pudding.
  • Make eggless-egg salad by mashing silken tofu in a bowl with “Nayonaise” or regular mayonnaise, celery, seasoning and turmeric.
  • Combine cheese and tofu, spread on wheat bread and grill.
  • Add sauerkraut and Russian dressing for a meat-free Reuben sandwich.

–By Chef Steve Petusevsky

Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip

Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip

Silken tofu is the surprise ingredient in this creamy crowd-pleaser.


Orange-Glazed Tofu

A glaze with complex flavors elevates tofu.

Silken Chocolate Pie

Silken Chocolate Pie with Vegan Chocolate Crust

Smooth, creamy and luscious, this pie belies its tofu base.

Asian-Marinated Tofu

This is a wonderful marinade for tofu. The longer it marinates, the more flavorful it gets.

Chocolate-Orange Mousse

Chocolate-Orange Mousse

This intense, dark chocolate dessert is smooth and creamy.

Tofu by Jennifer Perillo

Orange-Sesame Tofu with Snow Peas

This healthy tofu main dish stars the bright green taste of snow peas.

Lemon Grass Tofu

This Vietnamese-inspired main dish stars the fresh taste of lemon grass along with ginger, chiles and soy sauce.


Horseradish Mustard and Panko-Encrusted Tofu

Crunch down through the tangy, crispy golden brown panko crust and bite into the velvety soft tofu center of these absolutely fabulous dinner delights.


Pumpkin Tofu Cheesecake

A light mousse-like cheesecake made with silken tofu.


Moist Tofu Cornbread

Tofu helps produce a dense, moist bread that makes a good companion to soup or chili.


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