7 Easy Recipes for Tofu

Tofu has come a long, long way from the days when most people thought it was a food relegated only to health obsessed hippies. Newer to the West, tofu has been a staple in Asian cuisine for 2000 years. Made from soy beans, tofu is very high in protein, low in fat and its mild flavor lends beautifully to an expansive variety of recipes.

Tofu comes in different forms, the most commonly recognized being firm and silken. In the West, tofu is now easily found in all supermarkets including Western ones. Sold typically in rectangular blocks, tofu is found in the refrigerated section in plastic containers with clear labels indicating whether it is firm, medium or soft/silken.

For those more adventurous, there are many types of fermented and pickled tofu, such as Taiwan’s infamous Stinky Tofu. While all types of tofu are readily available fresh all over Asia, in the West, the fermented and pickled variety are almost always available only in glass jars in Asian grocery stores.

Tofu is an everyday food across China, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia. For stir-fries, it’s best to use firm tofu while soups, sauces and even beverages would do better with silken tofu.

Here are 7 of my favorite Tofu recipes:

Agedashi Tofu
Basil Tofu Linguine
Tofu & Pumpkin Curry
Tofu Quinoa StirFry
Tofu Steak
Cream of Roasted Peppers & Tofu
Hot & Sour Soup

Also, check out Tofu cookbooks and tips by Tofu Queen Andrea Nguyen.