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Tofu Recipes -Easy, Healthy, Delicious

Updated on March 21, 2018
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Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes Using Tofu

Tofu recipes have become mainstream, and tofu can be found at most grocery storers. It is easy, healthy and delicious. Soy protein is heart healthy, as it has no saturated fat or cholesterol.

Just a 1/2 cup serving supply nearly 20% of your daily protein requirements, as it has fewer than 100 calories and more calcium than a cup of milk. The problem many people have with tofu is the texture, which can range from pudding soft to very firm depending on the brand and water content.

So, the key is to select the right tofu for the dish you are making. For recipes that call for a meat-like texture, go with fresh (water-packed) extra-firm or firm varieties, which lend themselves to sautéing, pan-frying, grilling, baking and broiling.

Firm and extra-firm varieties of tofu generally hold their shape well during cooking and their dryer texture means they better absorb the other flavors of the dish. Be sure to drain, rinse and pat them dry before cooking. These types of tofu can also be pressed between two clean towels on a plate and set something heavy on top such as a cast iron skillet. Then let it sit in the refrigerator for about an hour.

Ma Pa Tofu

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Ma Pa Tofu Recipe


  • 3/4 Cup vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Mandarin sauce (try Asian stores, may sub with yellow bean sauce)
  • 1 TB (15 ml) black bean sauce (available in Asian stores)
  • 1/4 TS (1 1/4 ml) salt
  • 1/4 tsp. (1 1/4 ml) garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. vegan soup base powder
  • 2 16 oz. boxes firm tofu, drained and cut into very small cubes
  • 3/4 tbsp. (11 ml) cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. Rice vegan cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp. chili paste (available in Asian or organic food stores)


Combine the first 6 ingredients in pan and stir.

Place pan on high heat. When mixture reaches a boil, add tofu and stir again.

Mix cornstarch with 2 tbsp. water.

When tofu mixture reaches a boil again, add corn starch mixture and stir again.

Continue stirring until tofu mixture thickens; reduce heat to medium.

Stir in vegan cooking wine and chili paste.

Allow to cook another minute, and then turn off heat.

Let dish sit for 10 minutes for flavors to blend.

Serve hot over rice.

Yield: 8 servings

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking with Tofu

Oven Roasted Tofu and Vegetables


  • 16 ounces extra firm tofu, drained
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried oregano, crushed, and salt
  • 1 sweet red pepper, quartered
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 3 medium mushrooms, quartered
  • Chopped parsley for garnish


Cut tofu in half vertically then horizontally.

Drain on several layers of paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible.
If desired, score surfaces to allow more marinade to penetrate tofu.

Combine vinegar, oil, sugar, garlic, oregano and salt; mix well.

Place tofu and vegetables in a shallow baking pan leaving enough space between the pieces for even roasting.

Brush with vinegar mixture.

Let stand 30 minutes, brush again and let stand 30 minutes longer.

Bake tofu, pepper and onion at 500° F for 30 to 35 minutes.

Turn once halfway through baking time.

Add mushrooms during last half of roasting time.

Transfer to platter and sprinkle with parsley.

Yield: 4 servings

Firm Tofu Calories

Nutrition Facts:

Amounts Per Serving:

1/2 cup ( 126.0 g) Calories from fat 47

  • Total Fat 5.3g 8%
  • Saturated Fat 1.1 g 5%
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1.1 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 1.5g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 15 mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrates 2.1 g 1%
  • Dietary Fiber 1.1 g 5%
  • Sugars 0.8 g
  • Protein 10.3 g
  • Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 25% Iron 11%

* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Tofu -Easier Than You Thought

These two recipes are very tasty, healthy and easy to cook. It is not hard to work with tofu once you learn what types of dishes are best suited for the various varieties.

If this is new for you and your want to add tofu to your menu, then I would buy a simple tofu cookbook as they will give you a lot of general information, as well as, tasty recipes. You don't have to be a vegan or even a vegetarian to enjoy a tofu meal occasionally.

The copyright, renewed in 2018, for this article is owned by Pamela Oglesby. Permission to republish this article in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Global-Chica, I hope you enjoy the recipes. Thanks for your comments.

  • Global-Chica profile image


    7 years ago from New York, NY

    These two tofu recipes look amazing! I've never heard of neither and am so looking forward to making both. Thanks for the recipes!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    rmcarter, I appreciate your comments.

  • rmcarter1979 profile image


    8 years ago from Cuyahoga Falls, OH

    Thank you for this is extremely helpful.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    NCBler, I hope these recipes help. Thanks for your comment.

  • NCBIer profile image


    8 years ago

    My kids love tofu. But I am rather tired of making and eating the same exact dish every time. I've tried other tofu recipes, but nothing else has won their approval. I think these recipes just might do it. Thank you for posting!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Billy, I rarely pick tofu either as I didn't have much luck cooking with it at home and then I had it our in a restaurant and it was delicious. I think these recipes look at lot tastier than what I had done in the past. Thanks for your comments.

  • billyaustindillon profile image


    8 years ago

    That Ma Pa Tofu looks great - I must admit I rarely pick Tofu as the chosen dish - I need to look further given the fat and protein element. You have such a varied selection of recipes Pamela.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Habee, Hope you like them. Thanks for the comment.

    Katiem, I'm glad I've help make plans for dinner. Thanks for your comment.

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    Katie McMurray 

    8 years ago from Westerville

    great ideas, I think I'll have oven roasted tofu with roasted veggies for dinner tonight... Sound GREAT! Thanks for the Tofu recipes both easy and healthy! :)

  • habee profile image

    Holle Abee 

    8 years ago from Georgia

    I will HAVE to try these!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Nancy, I hope these recipes help as tofu I think takes a bit of getting used to but in the right recipe it is good. Thanks for your comment.

  • nancy_30 profile image


    8 years ago from Georgia

    Thanks for the information and recipes. I've never tried tofu before. I'll have to try it to see if I like it.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Akirchner, I didn't like tofu until I had it any a dish at a restaurant so maybe that will work for your hubby. Thanks for your comments.

    Support Med, Thanks so much for your comments.

    Miata, Thanks for your comments.

  • prettydarkhorse profile image


    8 years ago from US

    Love tofu, and I grew up eating it, Maita

  • Support Med. profile image

    Support Med. 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Tofu is something to think about. Had it a few times, the first time was best. I have not tried to cook with it. May consider, not sure. But your hub gives good guidance. Voted-up/rated!

  • akirchner profile image

    Audrey Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Washington

    Great recipes, Pamela - I try and sneak tofu in but Bob has a nose like a bloodhound for it! I shall have to try these and see if I can get past his schnozz.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    HubpagesHottest, Great! I appreciate you featuring this hub and thanks for your comments.

  • HubPagesHottest profile image


    8 years ago

    Hey, great Hub! So great infact that we featured it on Twitter. Be sure to follow (if you are a Tweeter) and RT when we feature your Hubs for more traffic. 

    Have a great day - Hub Pages Hottest.

  • carolina muscle profile image

    carolina muscle 

    8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    I don't eat it, but this is still a great hub!!!!

  • anglnwu profile image


    8 years ago

    Love tofu and you have given us smart ways to include this in our diet. Soft tofu can also be used in smoothies. In Asia, extremely silken tofu is also eaten as a dessert with some sweet syrup. Rated it up.

  • Coolmon2009 profile image


    8 years ago from Texas, USA

    Interesting article I didn't know you can fix tofu so many different ways. Thanks for sharing this information :)

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    K9strokes, I hope you like it. Thank you for your comment.

    50 Caliber, I appreciate your comments and you may like tofu. I don't like all of it, but it is good in some recipes. Thank for stopping by.

    Prasetio, I'm glad this will be a new recipe for you since you already know your like it. I found you on Twitter. Twitter is new to me so i will have to learn more about it. Thanks for your comment.

  • prasetio30 profile image


    8 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Tofu is my favorite food. My mother always make a fried tofu for breakfast. I love your recipes. It looks delicious and yummy. I'll tell to my mother about this. So she can make us another delicious food. Thank you very much. Thumbs up!

    Note: I just following you on twitter. Please check.


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    50 Caliber 

    8 years ago from Arizona

    Pamela, I like the way Partisan Patriot breached the subject. It's not that I haven't been reading it's just the topics and my inability to say anything nice.

    After that, the picture of the Ma Pa and oven roasted, peaked some interest for me, as they resemble a couple of things I like to cook. I've decided to add my twist and if I can obtain the flavor I want, I'll be willing to work with a little tofu, Pop said she was undecided as to her like or not and I'm going to follow her example as well as yours to decide. That said, if I can achieve a winning flavor I'll go against my grain and probably add it to "things I like" or not. Either way I'll post a hub in or out of favor. the Herbivorehippi has posted hubs for it and has her dogs munching on it so seems I'm being surrounded by folks that are eating it. With you being the latest straw on my proverbial camels back, I'm going in next trip to town and buy some top shelf tofu for cooking. We'll see. Thanks for putting forward examples of the finished product. My experience so far has been "slug burgers" in the south that I found quite putrid but at the price the southerners seem to flock to them at lunch. Soybean burgers deep fried and stored in hot oil until fished out and slapped on a bun with cheese and other burger stuff. Notttt goodddddd.

    Here's to giving it a home spun try, 50

  • K9keystrokes profile image

    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    you make it all always sound so very good! Will have to give it a go!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    vrajavala, You are way ahead of me. I am a vegetarian most of the time but still eat some things that are not in the right category. That is interesting that you will make you own. I never though about that but since it is soy beans, why not? Thanks for your comments.

    Sandy, I hope your enjoy it. Thanks for your comment.

    Patriot, I understand that this is not your cup of tea. The recipe contest will last for a little over a week. I hardly have time to keep up with it let alone write other hubs. Hope you had a nice trip and thanks for the comments.

    Darlene, That must have been an interesting year. You learned all the healthy things to eat. Thanks for your comments.

  • Darlene Sabella profile image

    Darlene Sabella 

    8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    Yes very healthy, years ago I signed up for the foreign exchange program at the local college. I had a Japanese student stay with me for a year. In her travel bag was a rice cooker, and my frig was full of tofu and veggies, she taught me many things. rate up and the above

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    partisan patriot 

    8 years ago


    Excuse my protracted absence from commentary but I have been on a 2 week vacation to the east coast.

    Also your subject matter of late doesn’t exactly peak my interest. After all I am the Partisan Patriot; chief criticizer of the Obama Regime not the Parmesan Patriot; Food Critic!

  • Sandyspider profile image

    Sandy Mertens 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Another recipe I will have to try.

  • vrajavala profile image


    8 years ago from Port St. Lucie

    I'm a vegetarian, so we eat a lot of tofu in our household. Next month I hope to start making my own tofu. Order soybeans and a tofu press. It should help us save a lot of money.

  • breakfastpop profile image


    8 years ago

    I am going to try these recipes because the jury is still out for me as to whether or not I "like' tofu.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    2besure, I think a lot of people do that. Thanks for your comment.

    Sheila, It sounds like you are more comfortable with tofu than I am as I just started experimenting with it. Thanks for your comment.

  • sheila b. profile image

    sheila b. 

    8 years ago

    I've always just put tofu in soups, so I'm really glad to read these recipes for other ways to use it. I'm already thinking about baking tofu along with some garden vegetables as soon as they're ripe, since you gave such a mouthwatering recipe.

  • 2besure profile image

    Pamela Lipscomb 

    8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    I am not vegetarian, but I like to cook with tofu just to give myself a break from meat.


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