30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (2024)

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Wondering what to do with silken tofu? Check out these 30 amazing vegan recipes featuring this amazing ingredient! You can find everything from breakfast and main dishes to desserts.

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Whether if you are a long-time vegan or newbie to tofu, you definitely want to give silken tofu a shot! Due to its unique silky smooth texture, you can make some amazing dishes using it.

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  • 🤷‍♂️What is silken tofu, exactly?
  • 🤔What is it good for
  • ❔Commonly asked questions
  • 🥞Breakfast
  • 🍝Main dishes
  • 🍨Desserts
  • 🥗Dips, sauces and sides
  • 🍽More recipe round-ups

🤷‍♂️What is silken tofu, exactly?

All kinds of tofu, from extra-firm to silken, are essentially made from soy milk that has been coagulated, quite similar to the process of making cheese. The only difference between them is their water content. And you guessed it - silken tofu has the highest water content among all tofu. As a result, silken tofu has a soft, custard-like texture, and break apart really easily.

Silken tofu also comes in many different variety, from firm to soft with varying firmness. As the difference between them is pretty miniscule, you can use them interchangeably, unless it is specified by the recipe.

Where can I buy it?

You can find silken tofu in most well-stocked groceries and will usually find it alongside other types of tofu in the refrigerated section. As some brands of silken tofu are packed in aseptic packages, you might also find them in the Asian section or in the dairy aisle.

Your next best bet is your local Asian grocery store. If you still have no luck finding them, you can order them online through Amazon!

🤔What is it good for

Silken tofu is a pretty common ingredient used in Asian dishes. They are usually added to soups and used in braising.

Due to its silky smooth texture, it is also a really popular ingredient in vegan cooking, especially to make desserts like cheesecakes and mousse. Other than that, its creamy texture also makes them a perfect base for various sauces and dips. You might also find some creative main dishes featuring this super versatile ingredient!

❔Commonly asked questions

Is it same as soft tofu?

Silken tofu and soft tofu are two different things, but they have a similar texture and consistency. The main difference between them is that soft tofu has a coarser texture when compared to silken.

In a pinch, you can replace one for the other, but do bear in mind that the texture and mouthfeel of the end product might be slightly different.

Can I eat it raw?

Silken tofu is safe eaten raw, as it is made from cooked soy milk. Do drain it properly before consuming.

Can I use silken and regular tofu interchangeably?

As the water content and consistency of regular and silken tofu is vastly different, it is not recommended to substitute one for another. This is especially true in stir-fries or baking, as silken tofu do not hold its shape well and will crumble really easily.

Can it be baked or fried?

As silken tofu is extremely delicate and falls apart easily, it is not suitable for baking or frying. It will pretty much turn into mush in the cooking process! Stick to extra-firm or firm tofu instead.

Ok, that should cover all bases of everything you need to know about silken tofu. Now, on to the recipes!

🥞Breakfast

Silken Tofu Scramble

Start your day off with some amazing silken tofu scramble! It is creamy, flavorful, and has a texture that perfectly mimics that of soft scrambled eggs. This quick and easy recipe can be made in 15 minutes.

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Vegan French Toast Casserole with Peach Preserves

This sweet and decadent French toast casserole has a perfectly crispy exterior and is moist and soft on the insides. Easy to make, and only 12 ingredients required. It is topped of with some fruity peach preserve!

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (5)

Tofu Pancakes

Make yourself some soft and fluffy pancakes with silken tofu! These pancakes are quick to make and are ready in 20 minutes.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (7)

Strawberry Cheesecake Breakfast Bowl

Who doesn't love having dessert for breakfast?? This silky and creamy strawberry cheesecake breakfast bowl not only taste good, but is also a great high protein recipe that will keep you full until lunchtime!

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (9)

Vegan Omelette

If you love savory breakfasts, give this vegan omelette a try! It is savory, filling and hearty, and no one will guess that this is secretly vegan.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (11)

Vegan Quiche

Rich, cheesy and packed full of flavors, this vegan quiche makes the perfect high-protein breakfast to fuel your mornings. This recipe is super versatile and customizable, so feel free to throw in some of your favorite add-ins!

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (13)

🍝Main dishes

One Pot Vegan Baked Feta Pasta

One pot and 30 minutes is all you need to make this amazing feta pasta! It is creamy and comforting, yet healthy at the same time.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (15)

Vegan Carbonara

It is definitely possible to make carbonara without cream or milk, and this particular recipe uses silken tofu for the sauce! This amazing pasta dish is topped off with some crisp fried tofu bits.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (17)

Creamy Tomato Tofu Pasta

Silky and rich, this vegan version of creamy tomato pasta will definitely leave you wanting for more! Super quick to throw together, making it a great midweek dinner to have.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (19)

Vegan Wild Rice Casserole

This dairy-free and vegan version of wild rice casserole taste alarming similar to the traditional ones! This casserole will definitely please both vegans and omnivores.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (21)

Vegan Mac and Cheese

This rich and cheesy mac and cheese is vegan, dairy free and healthy! A delicious way to sneak in extra nutrients and fiber.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (23)

Creamy Vegan Garlic Pasta

Add this flavorful garlicky vegan pasta to your weekly meal rotation! It is a great quick meal to make for weeknight dinners, and the sauce can even be prep ahead of time too!

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (25)

Vegan Mapo Tofu

This incredible vegan version of mapo tofu use mushrooms in place of ground pork to give it a boost of umami! This Chinese dish is bold in flavor, spicy and savory.

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🍨Desserts

Vegan Tofu Chocolate Protein Mousse (no cream)

Silky and creamy, this vegan chocolate protein mousse is made from silken tofu! Only 4 ingredients needed, and is made without cream or eggs. This healthy treat is ready in 5 minutes.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (29)

Instant Pot Tofu Pudding

This soft and creamy tofu pudding is incredibly warming and comforting to have! It is topped with a perfectly spiced ginger syrup and is a great after dinner sweet treat.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (31)

Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cake

This delectable yet not overly sweet vegan chocolate mousse cake makes a great wholesome treat that will satisfy any of your chocolate cravings! It is also a great source of plant based protein.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (33)

Vegan Key Lime Pie

This perfectly tart key lime pie is not only vegan, but also low in sugar and oil-free too! Plus, it is foolproof and is ready in 15 minutes.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (35)

Vegan Baked New York Cheesecake

This vegan version of baked cheesecakes features crispy, buttery homemade crust with a creamy, rich filling. It is just as good as the traditional ones!

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (37)

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

This eggless and dairy-free version of pumpkin cheesecake is perfect for the holidays! This indulgent treat is easy to whip up and can even be made gluten-free.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (39)

Vegan Tiramisu

This effortless foolproof vegan tiramisu only requires 5 ingredients and is ready in no time. A no bake-dessert is seriously super addictive and tasty!

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (41)

Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies

Gooey, rich and fudgy, these chocolate brownies are healthy and naturally sweetened with dates! A great lighten-up dessert that actually taste good at the same time.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (43)

🥗Dips, sauces and sides

Spicy Indian Tofu Red Quinoa Salad (Instant pot and Stovetop)

Flavorful and refreshing, this spicy Indian red quinoa salad is paired with crispy tofu and a delicious zesty curry dressing! Both instructions for cooking quinoa in Instant pot and on stovetop included. Ready in 30 minutes and only simple wholesome ingredients needed.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (45)

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

Creamy and cheesy, this spinach artichoke dip is definitely a crowd pleaser! Can be paired with raw veggies, crackers or tortilla chips.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (47)

Silken Tofu with Onion and Garlic

This classic Chinese dish features silky tofu with a salty and rich sauce topped with onion and garlic. A simple side dish that pairs beautifully with some freshly steamed rice.

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Vegan Tofu Mayo

This better than store-bought vegan mayo is definitely a must have staple in every pantry! Super easy to whip up and ready in 5 minutes.

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Miso Japanese Clear Soup

Umami and flavorful, this Japanese miso soup is packed full of nutrients and protein. This warming and comforting soup is ready in 15 minutes.

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Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad

This bright and aesthetic brussels sprout salad makes a great healthy side dish. It stores well and is meal prep friendly, too!

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Vegan Sour Cream

Make yourself some healthy sour cream that is vegan and free from dairy and nuts! All you need is 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this delicious condiment.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (57)

Silken Tofu Salad

Light and refreshing, this silken tofu salad is equally great as a side dish or light lunch! It is paired with a zingy Asian dressing.

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (59)

Vegan Ranch Dressing

This low calories high protein ranch dressing is made from silken tofu. Zesty and creamy, this dressing makes any salads taste great!

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30 Vegan Silken Tofu Recipes (2024)

FAQs

What can you use silken tofu for? ›

Once you've got your silken tofu, here are five ways to put it to use.
  • Make it into a creamy sauce. ...
  • Fry it. ...
  • Slip into soup. ...
  • Top it with something punchy. ...
  • Make it into dessert.
Feb 10, 2021

Is Silken tofu healthier than regular tofu? ›

Tofu Nutrition

For relatively similar serving sizes, the nutrition differences between silken and firm tofu are pretty big. Silken tofu contains only about half the calories and fat, while firm tofu contains over twice the protein. The reason for this is water content.

Is extra soft tofu the same as silken tofu? ›

Regular Tofu

Soft tofu has the least amount of water pressed out, while super-firm has a low moisture content and a dense texture. Soft tofu: Soft tofu is the Chinese-style equivalent of silken tofu. It is slightly less smooth but can be used in the same way as silken tofu.

Why is silken tofu not refrigerated? ›

A small amount of gluconolactone and calcium chloride is added to the soymilk. The box is then hermetically sealed and the tofu forms inside - where it is continuously protected from light, air, and microorganisms that cause spoilage.

Do you need to cook silken tofu before eating? ›

Tofu can be eaten raw, and so cooking it is completely optional and is mostly done for texture or to bind the sauce to the tofu. You can pan-sear the sides and add it to a colorful stir-fry or deep-fry it and coat it in a savory and sweet sauce.

Can you eat silken tofu straight? ›

How to safely eat raw tofu. While tofu comes in a variety of textures — silken, firm, and extra firm — technically any of them can be eaten raw. Before enjoying raw tofu, drain off any excess liquid from the packaging. It's also important to store tofu properly to prevent germs from growing on any unused portions.

Is there a downside to eating tofu? ›

Health risks of eating tofu

Breast tumors: Because of tofu's weak hormonal effects, some doctors suggest that people with estrogen-sensitive breast tumors limit their soy intake. Thyroid issues: Some professionals also advise people with poor thyroid function to avoid tofu due to its goitrogen content.

Is silken tofu anti inflammatory? ›

Tofu contains several anti-inflammatory, antioxidant phyto-chemicals making it a great addition to an anti-inflammatory diet. Tofu is also a good source of 'complete' plant protein, meaning that it has a well-balanced amino acid profile. It's also one of the most well-known plant-based sources of iron.

Can you pan fry silken tofu? ›

Just be sure to get the oil nice and hot before adding the tofu; this will prevent the tofu from excessively sticking to the pan and help develop a nicely crisp sear! A simple Chinese-style dish featuring pan-seared silken tofu served with a garlic scallion soy sauce.

How long does silken tofu last in the fridge? ›

How long does tofu last in the fridge? If it's unopened, you should just go by the use by date on the pack, which will give you the best idea of the shelf life. If it's opened, refrigerated tofu is generally good for 3 to 5 days, as long as you've stored it properly.

Can you freeze silken tofu? ›

Tofu is generally available in silken, soft, medium, firm and extra-firm varieties. Of these, all but silken can be frozen (if you want your silken tofu to last, look for shelf-stable options). In fact, freezing tofu before use can even enhance it, Nasoya's Plant-Based Protein Category Manager Seulghi Wee reveals.

Which tofu is best for weight loss? ›

Tofu is low in calories.

3.5 oz of firm tofu has 78 calories, and silken tofu has 55 calories. Soft soy tofu with lecithin is ranked second with 61 Calories, but all of those are less than many animal protein options, which usually clock in at 140-200 calories for 3.5-oz servings.

Can I eat tofu at night? ›

Soy - With some of the highest levels of tyramine found in foods, fermented soy products should be avoided in the hours before bed.

Can I eat tofu that was left out overnight? ›

As with all perishable food items, never leave your tofu out of the refrigerator at room temperature for more than two hours. If the air temperature is 90°F or above, do not leave it out longer than one hour.

Why does my silken tofu have holes? ›

And once the tofu thaws, the water leaks out from the damaged balloons, leaving a bunch of saggy empty balloons behind, hence all the holes. As evidence of this, if you freeze a whole tube of silken tofu, you'll notice that the holes at the ends of the tofu are not nearly as big (see the difference in the pic below).

How do you eat silken tofu? ›

Soft silken tofu would be my choice for blending into desserts or slicing into miso soup, but if you're serving it as a main dish or topping it onto bowls, extra-firm is what you'll need. It has a heartier, denser texture and less water content than other types of tofu.

What is special about silken tofu? ›

Silken tofu is the next most common tofu style. It's made in a similar process to block tofu, except that the soy milk is coagulated without curdling the milk. It's also left unpressed, so every cake retains all of its moisture while cooling.

What is the difference between silken tofu and regular tofu? ›

The texture is determined by the water content in the tofu. The more water, the softer or 'silkier' the tofu; with less water, the tofu is firmer. Tofu is categorized as silken, regular, firm, extra-firm and super-firm.

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