Tofu is *not* boring—and we’ve got 8 healthy recipes to prove it


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Most people probably feel pretty meh about tofu. And I don’t blame ’em: A few years ago, I certainly wasn’t a member of the tofu fan club either. How could a flavorless brick be anything but boring. Well, when you get creative and cook it properly, that brick turns into a straight-up plant-based dinner superstar.

If you claim you don’t like tofu, there’s one reason for that: You’re doing it wrong. By itself, tofu isn’t going to taste good. But the transformation into something flavorful is easy. Tofu soaks up spice like a sponge, and it’s incredibly versatile when it comes to preparation. You can make it super crispy, blend it up into a sauce, turn it into dairy-free cheese, scramble it—the options are endless. When you prepare correctly, you won’t even be able to tell it started as a block of curdled soy milk in the first place. That’s a promise.

8 delicious tofu recipes that are anything but boring

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1. Vegan stuffed shells with tofu ricotta

Yeah, that’s right—you can turn tofu into ricotta. And a really good one, at that.

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2. Tofu fettuccine Alfredo

The next time you’re in the mood for an Alfredo sauce, take a tip from chef Chloe Coscarelli and blend up a block of tofu with onion, garlic, and lemon juice.

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3. General Tso’s tofu stir-fry

Crispy tofu slathered in a homemade General Tso’s sauce beats takeout any night.

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4. Sesame crispy tofu

Marinating slices of tofu, coating them in a nutty sesame seed mix, and popping them in the air fryer makes for a mouth-watering meal.

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5. Tofu satay with cauliflower fried rice

Yep, you can put tofu on skewers and grill it just like meat. In this recipe, it pairs perfectly with fried cauliflower rice.

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6. Thai mango cabbage wraps

This healthy tofu dish is practically bursting with flavor thanks to the homemade mango pico and creamy peanut sauce.

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7. Easy baked tofu nuggets

Love nuggets? When you coat tofu in crispy panko breadcrumbs and bake it up, it tastes just like chicken.

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8. Buffalo tofu salad with creamy hemp ranch

Oh, hello, work lunch of your dreams. This protein-packed, flavorful mix fuels you for the rest of the day.

Aside from tofu, you need to discover these other plant-based protein sources too. Including tempeh, which is also super versatile…not to mention tasty.

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