Tofu is one of our favorite versatile ingredients—it's vegetarian-friendly, but can also add depth and texture to meaty numbers. Made from pressed soy milk, it's smooth, creamy, and can take on the flavors of whatever you add to it, which is why we like to put it in just about everything. You can incorporate it into a crisp fritter with bacon for a slightly less tofu-y way to enjoy it, or use it to soak up the flavors in a soup or braise. We also love tofu in sardine and miso balls that are served in a dashi broth. From easy vegan dishes to meat-and-tofu mashups, here are the best tofu and bean curd recipes to cook right now.
Morels in Black Bean Sauce with Fried Enoki Mushrooms
A chilled tomato sauce with sundried tomatoes makes a pleasant contrast to these hot potato and spinach dumplings, which chef Josita Hartanto of Berlin’s Lucky Leek binds together with firm tofu and durum wheat semolina. Dry the potatoes and spinach thoroughly so the dumplings will hold their shape. Get the recipe for Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce »
“Sardines” and “miso soup” probably don’t go in the same sentence very often, but here they make a great pair. Get the recipe for Sardine Miso Ball Soup »
China meets the American South in these tofu, bacon, and scallion fritters. Get the recipe for Fried Tofu and Bacon Fritters (Tofu Wanzi) »
This spicy braise, garnished with mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns, is one of the region’s most well-known dishes. Get the recipe for Sichuan Tofu and Ground Beef in Red Chile Sauce (Mapo Tofu) »
Spicy Yuba Stir-Fry with Edamame
Tofu, Long Bean, and Crispy Shallot Vinaigrette with Black Bean Vinaigrette
This popular Indonesian salad lends itself to creativity; nearly any combination of raw and cooked vegetables, along with rice or thin noodles, can be used. An addictive, aromatic peanut sauce ties it all together.
Mild ingredients—mushrooms, tofu—are nestled in a fiery, vinegar-laced broth.
This traditional Korean stew makes good use of long-aged kimchi. Get the recipe for Kimchi Stew »
Get the recipe for Bitter Melon and Tofu Stir-Fry with Pork Belly and Eggs (Goya Champuru) »
This staple Korean rice dish can be made with meat or seafood and served hot, but we love this fresh-tasting cold, vegetarian version. Get the recipe for Bibimbap »