Tofu is a protein-rich ingredient that, while quite flavorless on its own, blends wonderfully with kitchen staples to offer meals that range from savory to sweet. Tofu can be extra firm or soft. but it’s the silken variety that offers a beautifully creamy, delicate, and soft mouthfeel — perfect for a whole host of decadent dishes.
To help you get started, here’re 27 oh-so-amazing silken tofu recipes that will compliment everyone’s taste preferences.
Offering a healthy dose of protein, this blueberry tofu smoothie provides just the right amount of pre-workout sustenance by blending silken tofu with banana, soy milk, blueberries, and honey into a beautiful creamy shake. This healthy smoothie recipe is versatile so feel free to swap the blueberries with your desired fruit.
#2. Braised Tofu
Sporting a crisp exterior and a silken interior, this golden-brown braised tofu served with mushrooms, carrots, and bamboo shoots is smothered in a flavorful sauce made with chicken stock, dark and regular soy sauces, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and salt. This is a delectable meal that offers authentic Chinese flavors.
Velvety smooth and incredibly creamy, this no-bake mousse cake is very easy to make. It has a base made of Mejdool dates, walnuts, and cacao powder and a gorgeously fluffy filling of silken tofu, coconut cream, melted chocolate, and maple syrup. Let it set in the fridge overnight so that it’s perfectly firm. Serve with a topping of fresh raspberries!
Packed with exciting flavors, this recipe is every noodle lover’s dream. Cook up your egg noodles, drain them, and mix in some olive oil with coriander before setting it aside. Toss mangetout in olive oil with some toasted hazelnuts, cubed silken tofu, and yellow bean sauce into a wok. Stir in roughly chopped coriander, and serve with noodles!
This refreshing side dish develops its flavor from the raw vegetables and seasonings used in its composition. Dress up the sliced silken tofu with soy sauce, finely diced scallion, toasted sesame seeds, and other dressing staples and enjoy as-is or serve with rice for a more filling meal.
Easy to prepare, this creamy tofu garlic mushroom pasta recipe uses a combination of fresh thyme, garlic, shallots, and white wine to add a terrific dose of flavor. And it gets ready in under 30 minutes! Serve with a sprinkling of fresh thyme for a decadent meal.
A vegan version of the popular classic mushroom soup, this recipe uses cooked garlic mushrooms, your favorite vegetable stock, parsley, and silken tofu to create an ultra-creamy winter comfort food. Best served with warm crusty bread, make sure you top it off with toasted pine nuts, garlic mushrooms (if any remain), and extra parsley to enjoy.
Featuring seafood (or can be made with your choice of protein) with chunks of silken tofu, this Korean soup recipe is delicious and nutritious enough to make the cut for meal rotation. Once the soup is made, sprinkle the dark green part of green onion and crack an egg directly into the soup. Serve with warm cooked rice to enjoy.
Light, rich, and flavorful, this Korean soft tofu stew is made with king oyster, enoki mushrooms, and zucchini and gets a kick of spice from the addition of gochugaru to the recipe. Serve this warm and hearty meal as-is or pair it with a bowl of steamed short-grain rice or a side dish.
#10. Mitarashi Dango
This healthy Japanese recipe uses soybean flour, silken tofu, black sesame seeds, and a Mitarashi sauce made with soy sauce, mirin, sugar, potato starch, and water to create a delectable dessert that will have you craving more. These charred or grilled dumpling balls coated in the rich syrup offer the perfect balance of texture and flavor.
Featuring a strong umami flavor, this miso soup is health in a bowl. It is made with dashi stock, shiitake mushrooms, scallions, dried seaweed or wakame, and silken tofu boosted by red and white miso paste. Once cooked, add a dash of tamari or soy sauce if you need a bit more salt and tuck in!
Steamed silken tofu is paired with crispy fried shiitake mushrooms and doused in a delightful sauce made with Chinese cooking go-to’s like soy sauce, vegetarian oyster sauce, chili garlic sauce, sprinkles of sesame seeds, and white wine vinegar for an intense Asian flavor profile. Want to make it a filling meal? Serve it with rice.
Rich, creamy, smooth, and velvety, this silken tofu chocolate mousse is a dairy-free, gluten-free, and egg-free masterpiece that aims to please. Add dark chocolate and maple syrup to the mix and this recipe takes the decadent light dessert to new heights. Use toppings as desired to make this ultra-delicious and healthy mousse a feast for the senses.
#14. Silken Tofu Salad
This vegan and gluten-free Japanese salad is made using silken tofu, avocados, cucumbers, and cherry or grape tomatoes and drizzled with an easy dressing made of plum vinegar and sesame oil. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds before serving this nutritious dish for lunch.
#15. Silken Tofu Scramble
A vegan egg scramble, this protein-laden (and dare we say, more delicious) recipe is easy to make and ready in just 15 minutes. Scrambled silken tofu is cooked with a heavy dose of seasonings like turmeric, vegan butter, black salt, nutritional yeast. This simple recipe makes for a filling lunch or brunch option.
Dessert for breakfast? Who can so no to that! Blend dates, walnuts, and oats for your base and layer it with the “cheese” made with silken tofu, coconut cream, vanilla and agave syrup, and strawberries. Top off this high-protein breakfast bowl with sliced strawberries to start your day off on a sweet note.
Packed with protein and iron, this easy-to-make dish is a vegetarian delight. A smoothly blended mix of spinach and silken tofu with pine nuts is layered with the lasagna sheets and tomato sauce and baked perfectly. Once done, sprinkle breadcrumbs, garlic, and pine nuts on top, drizzle with oil, and bake until the crumbs turn golden brown.
This gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free recipe delivers scrumptious pancakes just as thick and fluffy as your regular ones. The secret? Silken tofu! Once the pancakes are cooked to perfection, serve them with berries, sliced banana, toasted nuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey to enjoy.
Simple and easy, this is a healthy and delicious recipe that makes for a perfect midday meal. Garnish the richly flavored silken tofu and pak choi with spring onion, ginger, chili flakes, and sesame oil for an added zing. Serve this flavorsome meal on a bed of rice and enjoy.
#20. Vegan Carbonara
This protein-rich meal uses silken tofu, soaked cashews, oat milk, and nutritional yeast to create a rich and creamy pasta sauce that’s destined to take your taste buds on a pleasure drive. To add a boost of flavor, stir vegan bacon pieces in the mix before serving your vegan carbonara with garlic bread.
#21. Vegan Mac and Cheese
Creamy and cheesy, this dairy-free twist on the traditional mac and cheese is a classic comfort meal. The creamy “cheese” sauce is made with silken tofu, cashews, carrots, and nutritional yeast with various spices. Garnish with fresh parsley and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast before serving this perfectly delicious, nutritious, and flavorful dish.
#22. Vegan Pasta Frittata
A hearty, veggie-packed meal, the vegan pasta frittata is made with a generous helping of veggies, tender pasta, and protein-rich silken tofu to create a delicious breakfast or brunch option. The best thing? You can store leftovers (if any) for up to 5 days to be enjoyed later — the perfect meal prep option that doesn’t compromise on taste!
#23. Vegan Quiche
Rich, cheesy, and bursting with bold flavors, this versatile and customizable recipe is the perfect high-protein breakfast that’ll help you take charge of your day. Apart from silken tofu, use your favorite add-ins like broccoli, spinach, or caramelized onions as filling for the deliciously flaky vegan pie crust. Use seasonings as desired, and serve!
#24. Vegan Shakshuka
This delectably rich and tangy shakshuka is a fantastic one-pan meal made with aubergine, green peas, silken tofu, chopped onion, garlic, and various herbs and spices, and coated in a beautiful tomato sauce. Sprinkle some fresh parsley and chili oil on top to enhance its aroma and flavors before serving it with fresh or toasted bread.
This rich, thick, creamy, savory, and indulgent dip uses a scoop of nutritional yeast with silken tofu and vegan cream cheese along with a generous helping of herbs to pack an insane punch of flavor. Sporting a mildly spicy kick in each bite, this gluten-free dip is tempting enough to have you revisiting the recipe every Nachos night!
Soft spring rice rolls made with basil, bell pepper, cucumber, and lightly browned silken tofu are served with a savory dipping sauce made with soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and chili sauce. This deliciously wholesome dish is a simple yet tasty and balanced meal that requires minimal prep.
This ultimate comfort food made with layers of nutty wild rice, button mushrooms, and creamy white bechamel sauce made with silken tofu, vegan cream cheese, and garlic is truly decadent. Bake until it’s slightly brown around the edges, and serve!