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7+ Best Tofu Recipes to Eat More Plant Protein

on April 17, 2023
last updated June 30, 2023
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This list of Best Tofu Recipes has a wide variety of tofu recipes to add more plant-based protein to your diet.
30-Minute Sticky Orange Tofu

Looking for some delicious ways to add more carrots to your diet? This list of Best Tofu Recipes has a wide variety of tofu recipes to make sure you’re making the most out of the nutrient-dense plant-based, protein.

As an environmental scientist, I am always trying to make more eco-conscious food choices. One simple way to improve your ecological footprint is by finding more ways to add meatless proteins to your diet.

Green tip: Industrial meat production has a huge impact on the environment, especially because of the amount of land it takes to sustain and its high amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

Tofu is one of my favorite ingredients for adding protein to any meal. Made from soybeans, tofu has a very mild flavor, making it a blank canvas to manipulate into any flavor you choose! This makes tofu especially versatile.

If you’re new to tofu, don’t fret! These recipes are sure to convince you that it’s as delicious as it is nutritious. Each recipe will teach you how to add tons of flavor and get a mouthwatering texture to your tofu.


1. Tofu Fajitas with Onions and Peppers

tofu fajitas with onions and peppers
These Tofu Fajitas with Onions and Peppers are bursting with flavor, texture, and protein, making them the perfect family-friendly meatless meal.
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2. Crispy Baked Buffalo Tofu Strips

close up of crispy buffalo tofu
These baked buffalo tofu strips are crispy, tangy, and absolutely bursting with bold, spicy buffalo flavor! This easy tofu recipe is perfect for snacking, dipping, dunking, and sharing with friends! For best results, use extra-firm tofu.
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3. Sticky Orange Tofu

30-Minute Sticky Orange Tofu
This Sticky Orange Tofu is fried to a crispy golden brown and topped with a sweet, sticky sauce, making it the perfect light and nutritious accompaniment to rice or noodles.
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4. Easy Vegetarian Ramen with Tofu

Vegetarian Ramen with Tofu Mushrooms and Soft Boiled Egg
This delicious Easy Vegetarian Ramen with Tofu is hot, spicy, and bursting with flavor. Subtle notes of ginger and miso-glazed tofu round out this beautiful and quick dish.
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5. Crispy BBQ Tofu Sandwich

close up of stacked crispy bbq tofu sandwich
This BBQ Tofu sandwich lathers sweet and tangy BBQ sauce onto crispy tofu for a meatless sandwich option that is packed with texture and flavor.
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6. Creamy Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip with two pieces of toasted bread
This Creamy Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip has all the indulgent texture and flavor of a silky, cheesy spinach dip, but without any dairy and with added protein.
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7. Thai Spicy Peanut Noodles

Overhead view of a bowl of Thai spicy peanut noodles
The sauce for these Thai Spicy Peanut Noodles is the perfect blend of nuttiness, spice, and notes of citrus. This recipe is filling, accessible, and bursting with flavor and diverse texture.
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8. Crispy Honey Garlic Tofu

Honey Garlic Tofu served over a bed of rice
This Honey Garlic Tofu brings bold flavor with crispy tofu bites coated in a sticky sauce that is beautifully balanced between salty, sweet, and spicy.
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I hope this list of Best Tofu Recipes inspires you to embrace this awesome plant-based protein! If you’re still not sure where to start, I’ve included the recipe for Sticky Orange Tofu that is fried to a crispy golden brown and topped with a sweet, sticky sauce.

30-Minute Sticky Orange Tofu

Best Tofu Recipes, Including Orange Tofu

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My list of best tofu recipes to help you add more plant-based protein to your diet, including this delicious Crispy Sticky Orange Tofu.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

Crispy Tofu

  • 14 ounces extra firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Sticky Orange Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice (juice of ½ orange = approx. ¼ cup juice)
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (or 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or agave nectar)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
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Instructions
 

Crispy Tofu

  • Drain and press your tofu. Either use a tofu press or place it between two clean kitchen towels and place something heavy (I use a wooden box!) on top of your tofu and press for at least 5 minutes.
  • Once most of the liquid is drained from your tofu, cut it in half lengthwise. Then, you can choose to either cube the tofu or cut it into triangles as pictured.
  • Coat your tofu pieces in olive oil (I like to use a pastry brush for even coating), then sprinkle cornstarch on both sides.
  • Get a large frying pan hot before carefully placing your tofu flat on the pan to fry. Allow your tofu to cook until golden brown on both sides (about 3-5 minutes on each side).

Sticky Orange Sauce

  • In the meantime, stir 1 teaspoon of cornstarch into 2 teaspoons of water to form a slurry and set aside.
  • Dice your garlic and add it to a small saucepan over medium heat with orange juice, tamari, vinegar, honey, and ground ginger. Bring your sauce up to a boil and stir in the cornstarch slurry. Simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally (cornstarch will start to thicken sauce once it reaches 295°F).
  • When you're ready to serve, add the crispy tofu to a large mixing bowl and pour the sauce overtop. Toss to coat. Garnish with sesame seeds (optional) and serve hot.

Pro Tips

  • Don’t rush your tofu pressing process.
  • Make sure to get your pan hot before adding your tofu.
  • Only add your sauce just before serving to make sure you keep your tofu crispy.
  • Find more delicious meat-free recipes in this collection of my best meatless meals!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Asian
Diet Vegan
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Easy, Healthy, Sticky Orange Tofu
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