When it comes to plant-based food, silken tofu is one of the most versatile ingredients. No wonder it has been a staple in many homes! Great for savory or sweet dishes, there’s no limit to the number of easy recipes you could make with a smooth, luscious block of silken tofu. Here are a few of my favorite silken tofu recipes where you can use this protein-rich ingredient for some healthy and tasty treats!
Silken tofu is made with a different process than any other type of tofu. Because it isn’t pressed, it retains more moisture than firm regular tofu, making it softer and creamier. This makes it ideal for blending into creamy sauces, dips, and spreads. When thoughtfully incorporated into recipes, silken tofu can enhance its flavor and texture while adding protein, calcium, and other key nutrients.
A block of silken tofu is a good substitute for eggs and dairy products in vegetarian and vegan recipes. But it is so much more than that! You can make a wide range of delicious dishes like lasagna, garlic mushroom pasta, curry, cheesecake, pancakes, and even brownies! Keep on reading and discover these 30 silken tofu recipes:
1. Cold Silken Tofu With Chili Sauce
An appetizing, easy recipe for cold silken tofu that you can whip up in under 10 minutes. It’s perfect as a quick meal on the go or side dish! The dish features a block of silky-smooth tofu paired with chili sauce and topped with sprinkles of sesame seeds to create an exquisite blend of flavors. Top with a few spring onions for added color.
2. Silken Tofu Scramble
This tofu scramble tastes great, and it’s healthy vegan breakfast too! It’s high in protein and will keep you full for longer. The best part? It only takes 5 ingredients to make and 15 minutes to prepare. Scrambles versatile, too — add leftover veggies or other ingredients to change up the flavor and texture. A vegan breakfast you are sure to love.
3. Silken Tofu Smoothie
The silken tofu berry smoothie is so easy, so tasty, and so healthy for you! You can make a big batch of smoothies and freeze them in 8-ounce glass jars. Then when you’re ready to have breakfast, lunch, or a snack, just microwave your smoothie for 45 seconds and enjoy!
4. Spicy Silken Tofu
Just one of many easy silken tofu recipes that takes a few minutes to make! It is full of vegetables (carrots, mushroom, bell pepper, onions) and an extra umami spicy sauce that blends well with the custardy smooth silken tofu. Feel free to adjust the spiciness or substitute your favorite veggies.
5. Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
Here’s a yummy vegan version of the classic artichoke dip recipe. The block of silken tofu replaces cream, oat milk adds a little sweetness, and nutritional yeast adds a cheesy flavor. Warm and comforting, this flavor-packed dip is ideal with some toasted bread or tortilla chips, crackers, and veggies.
6. Vegan Hollandaise Sauce
Looking for an alternative to the classic egg and butter sauce? Try this silky vegan hollandaise sauce. Use blended silken tofu and almond milk in place of butter and eggs, then add lemon juice, garlic powder, turmeric, and nutritional yeast to create a creamy sauce that’s egg-free, dairy-free, and low-fat.
7. Silken Tofu Lasagna
Satisfy your cravings with this vegan Tofu Lasagna featuring spinach, mushrooms, and lots of garlic in a rich tomato sauce. Instead of ricotta, it uses silken tofu for a high-protein filling. The tofu absorbs any flavors added to it, and is easy to layer with the other ingredients.
8. Creamy Tofu Garlic Mushroom Pasta
It may be a quick and easy recipe, but the taste of this creamy tofu garlic mushroom pasta will please your taste buds. Its smell alone will make your kitchen feel like a little slice of heaven with pasta, garlic, white wine, shallots, and fresh thyme. One of our favorite pasta sauces.
9. Silken Tofu Cheesecake
A decadent chocolate vegan cheesecake that is not only nut-free and high in protein, but also silky smooth, and light. The silken tofu is a protein-rich ingredient that provides a creamy texture and a subtle flavor to this no-bake cheesecake, plus it helps the dessert set up properly. Top it off with homemade salted caramel!
10. Silken Tofu Mousse
Here’s a great recipe for a silken tofu raspberry mousse. With just 5 simple ingredients (a block of silken tofu, fresh raspberries, lemon juice, liquid sweetener, vanilla extract) and a few minutes of blending, you’ll have a light and refreshing dessert. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and low in fat.
11. Silken Tofu Ramen
There is nothing like slurping up a big bowl of noodles to give you a boost during a gloomy day. In this tofu ramen, the ramen noodles, silken tofu, and other ingredients are cooked in a spicy, umami broth. The result? A burst of flavors from a few simple ingredients.
12. Vegan Ranch Dressing
Who knew you can create a delicious vegan ranch dressing recipe using silken tofu as a base instead of nuts? Low-calorie and silky with no tofu taste at all! You can also make your own variations by adding cajun, pesto, or other herbs like cilantro.
13. Vegan Tiramisu
Creamy and delectable, this vegan tiramisu can be yours in just 10 minutes. The cream base is made of silken tofu, which is similar to mascarpone cheese. It provides the same cheesy texture and taste. The coconut cream adds richness, while the coffee and cocoa create a medley of flavors.
14. Silken Tofu Curry
What makes this curry so tasty? It’s the soft and smooth block of silken tofu baked into cubes, paired with tender vegetables, luscious peanut sauce, and aromatic Thai red curry flavors. Cook it in just 30 minutes, and serve it with Jasmine rice for a quick meal that’s packed with flavor.
15. Vegan Mac And Cheese
This Mexican-inspired recipe is chockfull of spicy flavor and velvety goodness, with all the components of nacho cheese sauce but without any dairy products. Its simple ingredients include silken tofu, nutritional yeast, corn starch, green chiles, salsa, and spices. Replace the elbow pasta with rice noodles for a gluten-free meal.
16. Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie
How about a vegan Lemon Meringue Pie that is wonderfully fluffy, creamy and lemony, and made without dairy or eggs? Yes, it’s possible! All you need instead of eggs is some silken tofu, along with agar agar and aquafaba.
17. Steamed Silken Tofu
One of our favorite silken tofu recipes — it’s quick and easy to make, yet it’s absolutely delicious. The dark soy sauce is infused with aromatic flavors, and you can easily customize it to suit your taste. Pair it with congee or a bowl of hot steamed rice and you’re good to go.
18. Silken Tofu Salad
This Japanese-style Tofu Salad is a delightful blend of silken tofu, tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado. It’s tossed with a light, flavorful dressing making it perfect as a refreshing, warm-weather meal. Serve it with other Asian-inspired dishes such as Coconut Jasmine Rice. Tip: Best enjoyed right away!
19. Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Impress the whole family with this tasty pumpkin pie dessert, made with silken tofu in place of eggs and dairy. The filling gets poured into a flavorful but delicate crumbly oatmeal pecan crust. Finish it off with coconut milk whipped cream on top and serve cold. Yum!
20. Vegan Carbonara
Try this vegan carbonara! Smoked tofu and silken tofu are combined to create a sumptuous carbonara sauce. Firm, smoked tofu is a great replacement for bacon or ham while silken tofu blends beautifully into the sauce. The result? A satisfying meal that’s ready in just 15 minutes.
21. Silken Tofu Pancakes
Pancakes made with tofu, anyone? Silken tofu works well in pancakes, but you need to blend it well. You’ll have pancakes that are light and fluffy, with a texture similar to that of a souffle. They go perfectly with syrup and fresh berries, or even jam.
22. Vegan Tofu Brownies
These vegan brownies are made by blending silken tofu and dates to a smooth, thick consistency. They’re so fluffy, no one will guess that they’re made with tofu! Silken tofu helps the batter stay smooth and silky, with a fudgy texture. The perfect vegan treat!
23. Fried Silken Tofu
You can make a restaurant-style appetizer at home using silken tofu, vegan ingredients, and just a few basic steps. When you sink your teeth into this fried silken tofu, the inside will surprise you with its softness. It’s crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and so yummy!
24. Vegan Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake
Want a delicious, creamy pasta dish that will rival a restaurant menu? Try this vegan, dairy-free Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Bake! You’ll love it! It’s a spin on the classic spinach and artichoke dip, but it’s baked with pasta rather than served as a dip.
25. Taho Sweet Tofu
Taho is a concoction of silken tofu, sugar syrup, and tapioca pearls. It’s popular in the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries. To make taho, steam the silken tofu. Scoop thin layers of warm tofu into a small serving glass. Drizzle the syrup over the top, then add the tapioca pearls.
26. Steamed Tofu With Pork
This meal is light, savory, and packed with satisfying textures. The juicy ground pork and smooth silken tofu complement each other nicely. The recipe is pretty straightforward with only TWO main cooking steps: sauté ground pork briefly, then steam tofu and meat together until fully cooked.
27. Silken Tofu Sour Cream
Silken tofu, which is low in fat and cholesterol-free, can be blended into a creamy sauce that resembles sour cream. But without cashews! You can also make Chipotle Sour Cream by adding 2 chipotles in adobo sauce when blending. It’s delicious on tacos, nachos, tostadas or burritos.
28. Vegan French Onion Dip
Forget about buying French Onion Dip. This recipe will give you the exact same texture and taste. Plus, it’s easy, healthy, and made with just 8 ingredients including the protein-rich silken tofu. It’s best to make this recipe 1-2 days before serving. The flavors will meld and taste even better the longer it’s in the refrigerator!
29. Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Pie
This pie is deliciously rich and satisfying, and a small slice is more than enough. The luscious peanut butter-tofu filling and crispy crust complement each other wonderfully. Simply add coconut whipped cream to the filling, pour it into a crispy crust made with graham crackers, and top off with ganache.
30. Vegan Tomato Basil Tofu Pasta
Meet the ultimate creamy pasta sauce. The secret ingredient is tofu! It tastes so good, no one would ever guess it’s vegan and made with wholesome ingredients: silken tofu, onion, cherry tomatoes, white wine, nutritional yeast, and basil. Once done, everything tastes just like dairy-based tomato cream sauces.
Did you try any of these amazing silken tofu recipes? Let me know in the comments.
30 Silken Tofu Recipes
- 16 ounces silken tofu leftover silken tofu
- Place any leftover silken tofu in an airtight container or bowl covered with plastic wrap. Add 1 tablespoon of water to the container before covering.
- Make sure to use in 1-2 days of opening.
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