I like to slot several meat-free dinners into my meal plan each week, and it's always a given that tofu will be the star of at least one of them. It's a guaranteed punch of protein, and most of all I can't get enough of its versatility and chameleon-like ability to partner with almost any ingredients I have on hand.
Take inspiration from some of our most popular tofu recipes when working a meatless night into your next meal plan.
This hearty salad comes with a major crunch factor. The baked tofu topping adds some protein to make it more filling, but we're really into it for the irresistibly crispy exterior and pillowy insides. You're going to really love the saucy, peanut butter dressing too!
This is a technique I come back to again and again, both for its simplicity and the delightful way it leaves tofu with a crisp outside and firm, creamy center. Of all the varieties, extra-firm tofu is best for baking, and takes wonderfully to marinades.
Grab a block of extra-firm tofu and some veggies, and remember this for weeknights when you don't want to put a lot of effort into dinner but want something really delicious. The most time-intensive element of this recipe is waiting for the tofu to dry out.
Scrambled tofu has a similar texture to scrambled eggs, is just as versatile, and is infinitely customizable. For the best results, start with a block of extra-firm tofu, then enjoy your scramble along with a vegetable hash, added to avocado toast, stuffed in a pita, or rolled in a tortilla.
This flaky-crusted pot pie is all the proof you need that tofu can totally be comfort food. And it's just as satisfying as the traditional version.
The beauty of any stir-fry, including tofu, is that it's far more prep (here, thoroughly pressing the tofu to remove as much water as possible) than time at the stove. Barely a few minutes against the screaming-hot surface of a hot wok leaves tofu with crispy, golden edges and a bouncy texture.
This is my go-to recipe any time I have a bit of tofu that needs using up. The recipe calls for firm, though extra-firm or even soft tofu will work just fine.
Inspired by a takeout favorite, this sweet and spicy dish is easy enough to pull together any night of the week. It comes together in the same amount of time it takes to steam rice, and the tofu gets browned and crispy without all the fuss of deep-frying.
With a couple smart shortcuts, this tofu-studded Thai takeout favorite comes together in under 30 minutes. To build big flavor and minimize cook time, this recipe relies on pre-made curry paste and a bag of frozen broccoli.
Whether you're vegan or not, this saucy, basil-flecked stir-fry is a delicious, meat-free meal that comes together fast and really hits the spot.