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23 Flavorful Asian Tofu Recipes

23 Flavorful Asian Tofu Recipes

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I have a serious love for Asian flavored tofu dishes. Why? There’s just an endless number of ingredient and flavor combinations. Some of my favorites are Lo Mein, fried rice, and sesame tofu with broccoli. Tofu is incredibly easy to deal with, and it cooks quickly making many of these recipes perfect for weeknight dinners. Here are 23 flavorful Asian tofu recipes for you to try!

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1. Thai Basil Tofu Stir Fry

Try this easy and fast recipe for vegetarian Thai basil tofu stir fry aka Tofu Pad Krapow. Stir fried ground tofu with garlic, ginger, and veggies in a spicy, savory soy sauce! This is a great recipe for meal prepping, as it’s easy to make a big batch and reheat throughout the week.

Here is the recipe for this Thai Basil Tofu Stir Fry.

2. Sweet & Sour Sticky Tofu

If you don’t usually like tofu, this is a great recipe to try out! This is the vegan version of sweet and sour chicken, and it tastes just like it. Make this sticky tofu for your next homemade Asian takeout meal – it goes great over rice.

Here is the recipe for this Sweet & Sour Sticky Tofu.

3. Black Pepper Tofu & Green Beans

If you’ve never had an Asian black pepper dish, you’re in for a treat. I was skeptical at first, but it’s incredibly flavorful, spicy, and delicious! This vegan tofu stir fry recipe contains only 10 ingredients that can easily be found at most grocery stores. I can solidly say this easy 4-ingredient black pepper sauce makes this tofu stir fry recipe the most delicious vegan weeknight dinner. This is one of my favorite Asian tofu recipes!

Here is the recipe for this Black Pepper Tofu.

4. Tofu Tikka Masala

Rich and creamy tofu tikka masala is a vegan adaptation of popular chicken tikka masala.  This flavourful curry sauce pairs perfectly with tofu and makes for an easy and delcious meatless meal for any day of the week.

Here is the recipe for this Tofu Tikka Masala.

5. Easy Vegan Ramen

Ramen! This easy vegan ramen recipe is made with ramen noodles and is loaded with flavor. It can easily be made ahead of time, and is filled with fried tofu, spinach, mushrooms, and ramen noodles. This can also easily be modified to use whatever veggies you have on hand.

Here is the recipe for this Easy Vegan Ramen.

6. Tofu Drunken Noodles

Although this has a long list of ingredients, it’s pretty easy to make! I like to think of it in three parts: noodles, veggies/tofu, and the sauce. Use whatever veggies you have in the fridge, and you’ll be good to go! This is one of my favorite Asian tofu recipes – it’s SO delicious.

Here is the recipe for these Tofu Drunken Noodles.

A large platter of tofu drunken noodles.
Source: Jo Cooks

7. Koren BBQ Tofu Sliders With Kimchi

That’s right, tofu is a barbecue-worthy protein! These sweet, spicy, and totally delicious Korean BBQ Tofu Sliders with kimchi slaw are sure to be the star of all your summer festivities. These are perfect for a summer cookout or party appetizer.

Here is the recipe for these BBQ Tofu Sliders.

8. Vegan Sesame Tofu Dumplings

Dumplings are one of those foods that I will eat the entire batch of by myself in one sitting, if not stopped. They’re just so delicious and snackable! Of course that doesn’t mean they can’t be a meal as well. These sesame tofu dumplings are no different – try one and you won’t be able to stop!

Here is the recipe for these Sesame Tofu Dumplings.

9. Crispy Honey Sesame Tofu

Honey Sesame Tofu is the perfect dinner for meatless Monday or vegetarians. The tofu is fried crispy and then tossed in a delicious sweet sauce. This is also one of the easiest Asian tofu recipes on this list – perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!

Here is the recipe for this Honey Sesame Tofu.

10. Easy Tofu Curry

Tofu Curry is an easy weeknight meal that uses simple ingredients and is packed with flavor. It’s made with coconut milk, red curry paste and crispy tofu and served over your favorite kind of a rice for a quick meal that comes together in just over 30 minutes.

Here is the recipe for this Easy Tofu Curry.

11. Tofu Banh Mi Sandwiches

Mmm, I always love a great sandwich, but tofu can be hard to use as the main protein sometimes. This Banh Mi sandwich does an excllenet job, though! It’s a take on the Vietnamese classic and is loaded with marinated tofu, herbs and homemade pickled veggies for a sandwich filled with flavor!

Here is the recipe for this Tofu Banh Mi Sandwiches.

12. Thai Green Curry Tofu

This Thai Green Curry Tofu features crispy tofu tossed up in a luscious creamy coconut sauce, with some spicy green curry! It’s a simple and healthy recipe that’s bursting with Thai flavor.

Here is the recipe for this Thai Green Curry Tofu.

13. Coconut Crusted Tofu With Sweet Chili Sauce

What better way to make this tropical dish vegan than with tofu, and what better time to do it than now! Complete with a savory marinade and a sweet and spicy coconut cream sauce, this satisfying main tastes just like a beach vacation. And couldn’t we all use one of those?

Here is the recipe for this Coconut Crusted Tofu.

A bowl of coconut crusted tofu topped with sweet chili sauce.
Source: Well Vegan

14. Mango “Burrito” Bowls with Crispy Tofu and Peanut Sauce

I love the fresh and sweet flavors in this bowl, it’s a nice change of pace from the usual sesame and soy flavors of Asian cuisine. Think of these sunny mango bowls as a Thai spin on your favorite burrito bowl. They’re refreshing and hearty, sweet and savory, and my new favorite summertime dinner.

Here is the recipe for these Mango Burrito Bowls.

A colorful bowl of a mango burrito bowl with crispy tofu and peanut sauce.
Source: Cookie + Kate

15. Vegan Tofu “Katsu” Sushi Sandwiches and Rolls

These sushi sandwiches are certainly labor-intensive, but getting sushi as the end product is fun and exciting! There is simply nothing like a good sushi roll, even if it has tofu instead of fish. Plus, they’re much better to eat the next day.

Here is the recipe for these Vegan Tofu Sushi Sandwiches.

16. Bang Bang Tofu

Bang Bang Tofu isn’t technically Asian, but I still thought it should belong on this list. I absolutely love some crispy fried tofu with a spicy sauce! This is a delicious vegetarian take on bang bang shrimp that is commonly served as an appetizer at restaurants.

Here is the recipe for this Bang Bang Tofu.

17. Ginger Glazed Tofu Meatballs

These shittake mushroom and tofu meatballs are flavored with savory seasonings and drenched in a sticky ginger glaze. Serve them up as a fun party appetizer, or add some rice and veggies for a flavor-packed meal.

Here is the recipe for these Ginger Glazed Tofu Meatballs.

18. Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice

This Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice is easy to make, 100% vegan and vegetarian, and loaded with delicious crispy pan-fried tofu! It packs a punch with bold flavors from the sauce and is also easily customizable with your favorite veggies. This is one back pocket fried rice that all spicy fried rice lovers NEED to try!

Here is the recipe for this Tofu Fried Rice.

19. Crispy Baked Orange Tofu

This Crispy Baked Orange Tofu is reminiscent of the popular Chinese dish. Orange tofu is my favorite tofu dish to get from Chinese restaurants, but I can only imagine how much sodium and sugar is in a single order. This is a much healthy version! A sticky, sweet orange sauce is paired with the most amazing crispy BAKED tofu. This is one of my favorite Asian tofu recipes to make!

Here is the recipe for this Baked Orange Tofu.

A bowl of crispy baked orange tofu over rice.
Source: Nora Cooks

20. Asian BBQ Tofu Bowl

Forget takeout! Get your fix with this vegan Chinese food recipe: Spicy Asian BBQ Tofu Bowls. This easy Chinese food recipe will have dinner on the table in no time and make homemade Chinese food your go-to instead of picking up your phone. Jasmine rice, steamed broccoli and sweet & spicy tofu, this vegan Chinese food recipe will have your taste buds singing (and help you to avoid throwing away all of those takeout containers)! 

Here is the recipe for this Asian BBQ Tofu Bowl.

21. Kung Pao Tofu

Kung pao tofu is chock full of veggies in a delicious, slightly spicy sauce! Did I mention easy? The sauce has only 3 ingredients and you can use whatever veg you have on hand – all done in about 30 minutes! Perfect for the tofu newbie too!

Here is the recipe for this Kung Pao Tofu.

22. Easy Asian Tofu Tacos

Spice up Taco Tuesday with these flavorful and meatless Asian tofu tacos. The tofu is crispy and flavorful and pairs great with the crunchy and refreshing slaw. Meatless taco recipes are hard to come by, so if you need some ideas check out these 25 Amazing Vegetarian Taco Recipes!

Here is the recipe for these Asian Tofu Tacos.

23. Vegan Mapo Tofu

This Vegan Mapo Tofu brings together the flavours from both Japanese and Chinese versions of Mapo Tofu. The tender tofu is covered in a incredible aromatic spicy sauce with bits of mushroom, zucchini and crumbled tofu for texture.

Here is the recipe for this Vegan Mapo Tofu.

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