Tofu is one of the most versatile forms of protein for vegetarians and vegans. You can fry it, roast it, blend it – and you can even eat it raw.
Sure, raw tofu isn’t exactly the most flavorsome food in the world when eaten directly from the packet (unless it’s been flavored), but it’s still safe to eat without having to cook it.
Interestingly, raw tofu pops up as an ingredient in quite a few recipes. This means that for those who are new to cooking with tofu, or for those who don’t have the means to actually cook tofu (such as a frying pan or air fryer), you can still incorporate tofu into your meals without cooking it.
Here are the best 15 delicious raw tofu recipes!
1. Spinach And Tofu Miso Soup – Yummly
Nothing’s quite as comforting as a heartwarming bowl of miso soup. This recipe is a meat-free take on the traditional Japanese dish, featuring only 7 ingredients including raw tofu, spinach, instant miso soup, water, honey, chili pepper, and coriander leaves.
Not only is this a healthy and tasty recipe, but it’s also incredibly easy to make!
This recipe is most suitable for vegans, vegetarians, people on diets, and people who are sick. You can serve it alone or with a bowl of white rice or noodles.
2. Tofu Cheesecake – The Spruce Eats
You read that right – you can use raw tofu in desserts. Instead of using dairy and eggs, this tofu cheesecake recipe is entirely vegan and features silken tofu, coconut cream, and cashews.
While it might take a little longer to make compared to a regular cheesecake, the silken tofu and coconut cream combination works brilliantly to mimic the creamy texture of cheesecake.
This tofu cheesecake recipe is brilliant because it allows you creative freedom to add whatever toppings or flavorings you want. Some topping ideas include fruit, coulee, chocolate, whipped cream, or cookies.
3. Beetroot And Tofu Curry – Yummly
Tofu is one of the best substitutes for meat in a curry, but it turns out you don’t even have to cook it for it to be delicious.
This beetroot and tofu curry recipe is filled with vegetables and nutrition, including baby corn, carrots, bell peppers, onions, broccoli, and of course, beetroot. Just make sure you have a blender handy to make the beetroot curry sauce.
This recipe is best served with a bed of white rice and other curry side dishes such as naan bread or poppadoms.
4. Vegan Apple Pancakes – The Spruce Eats
What’s better than regular vegan pancakes? Vegan apple pancakes, of course! The mixture of soy milk and tofu works to mimic egg and milk in regular non-vegan pancakes, and the best part is you don’t have to prepare the tofu beforehand.
This is one of those easy-to-follow recipes that involves chucking everything into a blender until it’s smooth.
This recipe is ideal for breakfasts, lunches, and desserts. It can be paired with a variety of toppings, including fruits, jam, ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate, or just a sprinkle of icing sugar!
5. Buddha’s Delight – Yummly
Buddha bowls are an excellent way to get your five-a-day and use up a bunch of ingredients lingering in your refrigerator and pantry. Not only this, but raw tofu is a brilliant form of protein and a lovely added texture to a Buddha bowl!
This Buddha’s Delight recipe is incredibly easy to follow, because it simply requires chopping and prepping and chucking it all in the same bowl.
Plus, you can adjust the Buddha bowl to your liking – for example, you can add certain dressings or take away any vegetables you dislike.
6. Vegan Tofu Peanut Butter Pie – The Spruce Eats
Vegan tofu peanut butter pie is surprisingly more tasty than you might think. Using silken tofu instead of dairy or eggs helps to bind the peanut butter and other ingredients together into a creamy, smooth consistency that is reminiscent of cheesecake.
Instead of cheesecake, however, this is a pie – so it can be easily set in a pre-made pie crust if you can’t find a suitable vegan recipe!
This recipe pairs beautifully with a dollop of ice cream, whipped cream, or something decadent like poached pears.
7. Blueberry Tofu Smoothie Recipe – The Spruce Eats
Yet another example of how tofu doesn’t have to be cooked in savory dishes to be delicious is this blueberry tofu smoothie recipe. Smoothies are a great way of getting in your five-a-day of fruits along with other essential nutrients.
Tofu provides a source of protein alongside the antioxidants in blueberries, plus the consistency of silken tofu mimics yogurt.
You can drink this smoothie by itself or pair it with a bowl of granola, oats, fruit, and virtually any other dish!
8. Stir Fried Vermicelli Noodles – Yummly
While a stir fry isn’t technically a raw dish, and even though this recipe calls for frying strips of tofu into the noodles, nobody is saying you have to. Raw tofu goes beautifully in a stir fry alongside other vegetables, because it provides a new texture to the dish.
Plus, as raw tofu is pretty bland, it won’t affect the texture of the stir fry.
To add to the raw tofu, you can also add raw mangetout, raw onions, and raw baby corn to this stir fry.
9. Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream – Veganbaking.net
Silken tofu is typically the base of a lot of vegan ice creams, including this tasty vegan vanilla ice cream recipe! Just make sure to use silken tofu instead of boxed tofu to ensure you can mimic the texture of real dairy ice cream.
As long as you have a blender and an ice cream maker, this recipe is remarkably easy to follow. If you have made dairy ice cream before, you might find that you’ll need to spend a little more time with this recipe to reduce ice crystal formation and air pockets.
You can serve this vegan vanilla ice cream with whatever you like – from pies to cheesecake to cake to fruit!
10. Chocolate Tofu Cake – Karolina Spirulina
This chocolate tofu cake recipe is so ridiculously easy to make, you could do it with your eyes shut. The silken tofu replaces what would have been egg whites, which is ideal for vegans and those who don’t readily have eggs in the cupboard.
Despite using minimal ingredients, this recipe makes a rich and incredibly creamy chocolate cake that leaves diners wanting to come back for more.
Plus, even though the recipe comes equipped with a chocolate icing recipe, you can put whatever toppings you like on this cake. You can even try to make a silken tofu-based icing!
11. Sukiyaki – Asian Food Network
Sukiyaki is a delicious Japanese dish that isn’t suitable for vegans (despite its inclusion of tofu). Featuring fatty beef, sukiyaki is kind of like a mishmash of ingredients that is surprisingly easy to make.
While this recipe calls for cooking the tofu, you can add chunks of refrigerated tofu at the end to add an interesting additional texture to the dish.
This meal is typically served alongside a bed of white rice, but it is also traditionally served with a raw egg to dip the beef into. This is totally optional, though!
12. Vegan Chocolate Banana Pudding – The Spruce Eats
If you’re vegan or searching for a low-fat dessert that will soothe your chocolate cravings without disrupting your diet, you have to try this vegan chocolate banana pudding recipe.
The silken tofu works to create a silky smooth texture that makes the dessert surprisingly high in protein and low in fat.
Plus, this recipe is very easy to follow. It only features four ingredients – silken tofu, one banana, sugar, and cocoa powder – all of which are simply chucked and blended together in a blender and then chilled.
Garnish with a sprig of mint or some berries, and you’ve got the perfect healthy dessert to round off any meal!
13. Tofu Cinnamon Pancakes – nutriplanet
If you only have hard plain tofu and you still want to make a sweet dessert, check out this tofu cinnamon pancakes recipe!
This recipe calls for hard plain tofu rather than silken tofu, and simply gets thrown into a blender amongst the other ingredients to make the delicious pancake mixture.
Not only is this an incredibly healthy pancake alternative, but the additional cinnamon and ginger ensures the pancakes pack a lot of flavor.
14. Dill, Cucumber, And Tofu Salad – Cauldron Foods
Raw tofu can be chucked into virtually any salad as it provides an excellent source of protein and an extra form of texture. This recipe is ideal for summer, as it encompasses three simple yet cohesive ingredients – dill, cucumber, and tofu.
With a lemon-based dressing, this salad is refreshing and surprisingly filling.
15. Vegan Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake – Domestic Gothess
Last but not least, this recipe is an ideal dessert for summer. The silken tofu ingredient replaces eggs wonderfully, allowing vegans and non-vegans alike to enjoy the sweet and tangy flavors of lemon and blueberry.
Plus, the tofu provides a good source of protein, making the cheesecake quite healthy – until you add the sugar, of course!
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