10 Tofu Recipes I Know You Will Love

Today's top tip: tofu tastes too top notch to turn down. Here are 10 tofu recipes I absolutely love.

By: Jesse T / 15/11/2018

1. Grandma’s Tofu with Chilli Pork

When is tofu NOT a vegetarian’s best friend? When it’s teamed with chilli pork in this famous Chinese dish, Ma Po or Grandma’s tofu. Flavoursome chilli bean paste and a sprinkling of Sichuan peppercorns with their numbing effect on the tongue, pack a one-two punch of spice, while the silken texture of the tofu helps to cool it all down.

2. Pork Mapo Tofu with Kale and Jasmine Rice.

Originally from the Sichuan province, this spicy pork and silken tofu dish gets its kick from the flavour-packed chilli bean paste. We’ve added kale for freshness and substance and served it up with fragrant jasmine rice, making it a complete meal.

3. Noodles with Tofu Triangles, Edamame Beans and Chilli Peanuts

We’ve grabbed bits and pieces from all over Asia as inspiration for this dish – the edamame beans and ramen noodles from Japan, the lime and basil from Thailand, and the broccoli from China. We finish this vegan-friendly dish off with spicy peanuts that really pack a punch.

4. Tofu Gado Gado with Peanut Sauce

For a brilliant meat-free meal any day of the week, you have to try our take on traditional Indonesian Gado Gado. This hearty salad balances potato, crispy tofu and perfectly cooked eggs with fresh crunchy veggies. Of course the meal isn't complete without the tasty, moreish peanut sauce – you'll want to drizzle it over everything!

5. Tamarind Pork and Tofu Stir-fry with Sesame Rice

Ready in the time it takes to cook a pot of rice, this super-easy stir-fry is full of goodness, both nutritionally and in terms of flavour. Lean pork, iron-rich tofu and virtuous greens are tossed together in a moreish sweet-sour chilli sauce and served on a bed of nutty sesame-enriched rice for a truly unforgettable taste of Asia.

6. Japanese Tofu and Vegetables with Shiitake Katsu Sauce

Put the mushrooms and soy mixture in pan. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, then carefully add tofu. Cook, covered, for 3 mins or until tofu is warmed through. Drain pickled vegetables. Fluff up rice with a fork. Divide rice, vegetables and tofu among bowls, pouring over the soy mixture. Serve with pickled veg, spring onions and sesame.

7. Tofu and Shiitake Stir-fry with Kecap Manis and Coconut Rice

Fragrant with ginger and sweetened with Indonesian soy sauce, this sizzling stir-fry is a speedy midweek vegetarian dinner. Soaking dried shiitake mushrooms creates an instant earthy stock, which is used to lend flavour to golden fried tofu. Snow peas and bok choy add crunch, while fluffy coconut rice completes this South East Asian creation.

8. Pork and Tofu Stir-Fry with Chilli and Garlic Sauce

Inspired by ma-po tofu, China’s classic dish, we’ve taken pork mince and stir-fried it in a delicious chilli and garlic sauce, then added wilted spinach and silken tofu for an explosion of flavour and texture. Set on bed of steamed rice, it’s quick, easy and sure to be a hit any night of the week.

9. Thai Vegetable and Tofu Curry with Rice Noodles

The paste used for this dish is called massaman as it's based on a curry thought to have originated with Thailand's Muslims. It's unusual as it features Indian-derived dried spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and cumin, instead of more typical Thai flavourings. Rich and deeply fragrant, the vermicelli noodles do an excellent job of soaking up all the delicious sauce and the soothing tofu is a perfect foil for the spice.

10. Glass Noodle Bowls with Hoisin Tofu and Pickled Vegetables

Nutty, fragrant with sesame oil and with a slight sweet-sour edge, these vegetarian bowlfuls deliver so much flavour. Kids as well as adults will find plenty to love here - from the soft pillows of tofu slathered in a hoisin-based topping, to the ever-so-lightly pickled assortment of vegetables, to vermicelli. Those wanting a gluten free meal, just use tamari instead of the soy sauce and you're good to go.

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