7 Recipes That Will Make You Like Tofu—And Not One Is A Stir-Fry

Tofu is a favorite alternative protein for a reason—you can do just about anything with it.

April 5, 2017
crispy blackened tofu tacos
Photograph courtesy of Making Thyme For Health

For some meat lovers, tofu is taboo in the kitchen. When you can toss grilled chicken into your stir-fry or curry, why bother prepping and pressing those squishy, bland cubes of soy? (Especially because they can be tricky to cook properly… here's how to pan-fry tofu to perfection.)

But tofu, aka bean curd, is a favorite alternative protein for a reason—you can do just about anything with it. Its subtle taste makes it a clever smoothie add-in (extra protein and creaminess), plus you can sub it in for cheese or cream in fatty pasta sauces (hey, alfredo!).

Need further proof? These 7 surprising ideas for appetizers, dessert, and everything in between will convince you to put tofu on your shopping list.

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Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites With Garlicky Yogurt + Feta Dip
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Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites With Garlicky Yogurt + Feta Dip

No party is complete without some sort of buffalo wings or dip, and even without the chicken these fit the bill. Killing Thyme soaks her tofu bites in a marinade of vegetable broth, hot sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper before sprinkling in cornstarch and frying them in a skillet till crispy. And you've got to try the simple yogurt dip with salty feta that she whips up as a healthier alternative to blue cheese.

No-Bake Chocolate Pie
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No-Bake Chocolate Pie

This silky dessert takes only 5 minutes to prepare, and you don't need a lick of heavy cream or Cool Whip to make it. Chocolate Covered Katie works her magic by blending tofu with cocoa powder, melted chocolate, vanilla, milk, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt. Pour into a prepared crust, let set, and you're ready for that potluck. (Want more no-bake goodness? These 6 cookies are clean enough to eat for breakfast.) 

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 Tofu Scrambled Eggs
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Tofu Scrambled Eggs

Out of eggs, or hosting a vegan at your breakfast table? You can still serve your go-to veggie scramble, but with tofu instead, like Fork & Beans does. Spice the soy as you like, break it up in the pan, then let your "eggs" soak up flavor from a few tablespoons of veggie broth. It's that simple.

 Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Aioli
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Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Aioli

Aioli is usually just a fancy word for mayo, which isn't exactly great for you. That's why Veggie and the Beast came up with this genius substitute, which uses silken tofu instead. Garlic, roasted red peppers, Dijon mustard, and apple cider vinegar bring big flavor to the mix. Go ahead, bake a batch of sweet potato frites and take a dip.

crispy blackened tofu tacos
Photograph courtesy of Making Thyme For Health
Crispy Blackened Tofu Tacos With Avocado-Lime Crema

To get a nice, spicy crust on her tofu, Making Thyme For Health first bakes it, then coats in seasoning and a dusting of cornstarch before sautéing. (Make sure you use extra-firm tofu for max crispiness.) Piled atop crunchy slaw and drizzled with zesty avocado cream, these flavorful bites will make you forget all about boring chicken tacos. (You can also try these high-protein taco recipes that are ready in 20 minutes or less!)

 

 
 
 Little Lemon Pots
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Little Lemon Pots

Tofu is the secret to smooth mousses and puddings like these sweet-tart treats by Coconut and Berries. She combines the silken kind with lemon zest and juice, agave, and vanilla, plus creamy coconut butter and turmeric for a pop of color. Topped with a handful of berries, these pots taste deliciously spring fresh.

Related: 20 Super-Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Tofu & Chickpea BBQ Sandwiches
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Tofu & Chickpea BBQ Sandwiches

Cookout season is around the corner, and you'll want to have this vegetarian option in your back pocket. She Likes Food forgoes the standard pulled pork for a mixture of tofu and chickpeas and slathers on a from-scratch BBQ sauce inspired by her favorite baked beans. Make plenty, because even the meat eaters will want a scoop of this.

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