Tofu is enjoyed all over the world. However, it is common in western and Asian countries.
It has been used as a substitute for eggs and creams for years. I love tofu, and I bet you do too.
There are many tofu recipes for different cuisines. You can check out 25 Chinese Tofu Recipes (Authentic And Classic) that are perfect for any Chinese meal.
Tofu comes in different forms, including dried tofu, medium-firm tofu, fresh tofu, silken tofu, and many more. Silken tofu is one of the most popular tofu. But what is silken tofu?
What is silken tofu
Silken tofu is a popular type of tofu. As its name suggests, it is silky and soft. What makes it different from block tofu is the process of coagulation.
The soy milk is coagulated without the milk curdling first. This leaves the tofu looking silky and smooth.
The silken tofu is left unpressed, leaving it hydrated and full of moisture. This means that it will require you to handle it delicately as you’d handle eggs. This is because it quickly falls apart.
Silken tofu comes in 3 different forms.
Soft silken tofu
Soft Silken Tofu is delicate and heavy. When you hold it, it will fall through your hands because of its water weight. To handle it, you have to be very careful lest it breaks. Do not manipulate it too much.
Soft silken tofu is ideal for smoothies, sauces, and dressings. Moreover, you can use it as a substitute for yogurt or eggs.
When prepping it, during usage, you should drain it and use it raw. Never press or freeze your soft silken tofu.
Firm silken tofu
This is a type of silken tofu that is made from denser soy milk. This means it has less water compared to soft silken tofu. In addition, firm silken tofu can handle more manipulation than soft silken tofu since it has a richer body.
The firm silken tofu is ideal for sauces that require the tofu to retain its shape. You can also lightly fry it, boil, batter, or ferment.
Silken tofu is versatile. You can make many tasty dishes with silken tofu. These recipes are mostly easy to follow. Here are some of them.
- Cream of Mushroom Soup
- Scrambled silken tofu
- Vegan Cheesecake with Blueberry SauceSource
- Silken Tofu Vegan Dressing
- Tofu Sour Cream (Vegan)
- Creamy Courgette Risotto with Silken Tofu
- Vegan Silken Tofu and Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta
- Creamy Tofu Garlic Mushroom Pasta
- Vegan Hollandaise Sauce
- Creamy Tofu and Pepper Curry Recipe | Vegan Tofu and Capsicum Curry
- Easy Vegan Ramen
- Vegan Sundubu Jjigae 순두부찌개
- Savory Steamed Silken Tofu with Crispy Shiitakes
- Silken Tofu Chocolate Mousse-easy & vegan
- Easy Eggless Silken Tofu Tiramisu
- Tofu Spread (with Silken Tofu)
- Silken Tofu with Garlic and Onion
- Lemon Tofu Cheesecake
- Carrot Tofu Cake Recipe
- Blender Silken Tofu Pancakes
- Easy Vegan Tofu Peanut Butter Pie
- Steamed Silken Tofu
- Tofu Burgers
- Pipa Tofu Recipe
- Silken Tofu Breakfast Pudding
- Vegan Tofu Lemon Posset
- Salty Or Sweet Douhua (Tofu Pudding)
- Authentic Mapo Tofu Recipe
Vegan silken tofu recipes
This is a vegan version of the typical cream of mushroom soup. It is creamy, delicious, and comforting. In addition, it has low fat making it the healthiest cream of mushroom soup I have ever come across.
The ingredients you will need for this comforting soup are common ingredients and a block of silken tofu.
Garnish your mushroom soup with some pieces of mushrooms on top and enjoy.
Scrambled silken tofu is a highly nutritious vegan substitute for scrambled eggs. It has high levels of protein. It will take a quarter an hour to make this scrambled silken tofu making it ideal for workdays breakfast.
The scrambled silken tofu looks and feels like scrambled eggs. Make it as spicy as you wish. After all, it is your food. You can add some peppers if you like it spicy, mushrooms to give it more body and make it more filling, onions, spinach, just to mention a few.
Serve it hot with green onions or chives.
This is a creamy and authentic cheesecake with a blueberry topping. It is flavourful, and every bite is divine. The crust is buttery Graham Crucky, and the filling is creamy because of the silken tofu.
You can substitute your blueberry sauce topping with strawberry puree. Do not be shy with the sauce. Let it drizzle on the cake, as every bite should burst with blueberry juices.
This is another easy way to make a vegan dressing. It is a creamy ranch dressing. You can easily make it by blending silken tofu with lemon, spices, and herbs.
Making this sour tofu cream is easy and will only take 5 minutes. It is creamy with a dill flavor option. You can play around with sour cream and have different flavors. For example, you can leave it plain, or have the onion flavor or make it dill by adding a teaspoon of dill weed to the onion flavor.
6. Creamy Courgette Risotto with Silken Tofu
This creamy courgette risotto is a perfect substitute for Italian-style risotto if you are on a diet. It is vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian. In addition, it is easy to make. All you need are lemon zest, silken tofu, fresh herbs, and courgettes.
Because of the silken tofu, the courgette risotto will be so creamy; hence you will not need cheese or cream. The creamy courgette risotto is flavourful and is a tasty summer dish to be enjoyed during dinner or when having parties.
This vegan cauliflower alfredo pasta is a must-try. It is healthy and low in fat, creamy, smooth, and very filling. This dish will put your usual high-fat pasta to shame because of how delicious it is.
The total preparation time is 30 minutes, meaning you can enjoy this dish any day of the week. Serve with your favorite vegan side dish.
If you love pasta, here is another recipe for you to enjoy. Mushrooms are delicious. The rich meat umami they present is out of this world. It tastes so good, and I am in love with the mushroom texture.
Add tofu to garlic mushrooms, and there and then you will have your tiny bits of heaven. This creamy tofu garlic mushroom pasta is delicious. It is a simple recipe, and the result is a highly decadent dish.
Enjoy the pasta with your favorite salad side dish.
This yummy, smooth, and yellow sauce is such a delight. It is a French sauce that is 100% vegan and dairy-free. It will take a couple of minutes to make this vegan hollandaise sauce, and you need to do no cooking.
Silken tofu is used instead of butter and beaten egg- yolks used in the original hollandaise sauce. Add some garlic, lemon juice, and turmeric for flavor and color. This sauce is low-fat therefore suitable when you are on a diet.
Yum is all I can use to describe this dish. When you prepare it, be careful to make a lot more extra as your family will keep coming for a second serving. It is creamy and comforting and how delicious it looks is enough to make you feel hungry twice as much.
The ingredients you need include yellow and red bell peppers, onions, soft silken tofu, capsicum, tomato, ginger, brown sugar, and coriander. You can also add spices like coriander powder, turmeric, and red chili powder for an extra kick.
Serve while still hot. Enjoy.
This vegan ramen is flavourful and perfect for a cold winter night. It is prepared from ramen noodles and some blocks of silken tofu. It also has mushrooms and spinach. All these ingredients make the vegan ramen a satisfying dish; therefore, you can enjoy it for dinner or lunch.
Serve with a side dish of fried broccoli.
This is one of the most delicious Korean dishes I have ever made. It is translated to soft tofu stew. This dish is tasty, divine, and is rich with a spicy kick from Gochugaru. Soft tofu stew is a warm and hearty meal that you can enjoy on cold nights.
The Sundubu Jjigae is orange in color because of the Korean red pepper powder or flakes used. This might make you think that because of the color, it is very spicy, but that is not the case. You can enjoy this dish even with children and people with no spice tolerance. Cochugaru also has a sweet taste from afar.
Add some mushrooms for a natural umami flavor. You could add other things like oysters and shrimp. The silken tofu will give it a soft, velvety texture that is perfect.
Serve your vegan Sundubu Jjigae with plain white rice on the side or any banchan of your choice.
This is for mushroom lovers. And if you are looking for a dish to prepare for your next family gathering, then this is what you should go for. Steamed silken tofu is delicious. It is easy to make and does not need a lot of work to look fancy and elegant.
Easy silken tofu recipes
Silken tofu chocolate mousse is delicious; you know if you have ever tried it. But this silken tofu chocolate mousse is out of this world. It is rich in flavor, with a velvety smooth texture, creamy and decadent. Additionally, it is dairy-free, vegan, egg-free, and gluten-free. This makes it tenfold one of the healthiest mousses ever.
Despite all the amazingness of this silken tofu chocolate mousse, it is only a three-ingredient dish. It has silken tofu, maple syrup, and dark chocolate. Did you know dark chocolate helps in weight loss? Now you know.
This mousse can be enjoyed as a pudding. But if you want it firmer, refrigerate it for a few hours. Silken tofu chocolate mousse is light and a perfect healthy snack. Enjoy this mousse as a dessert during dinner.
Tiramisu is delicious. However, it is not the healthiest dessert ever. This eggless silken tofu tiramisu is a much healthier version of tiramisu. It is vegan, dairy-free, eggless, gluten-free, has low calories, and is low-carb.
The process of making the eggless silken tofu tiramisu is easy. Thankfully, you do not have to cook or bake. It is sweet with some coffee bitterness from afar.
Serve it as a dessert and enjoy. Never freeze this eggless silken tofu tiramisu lest it turns grainy.
This is a creamy and velvety spread with tahini. It is delicious and requires only five ingredients to make it. It will be ready in only 5 minutes as there is no cook time.
Serve the spread with crackers. Furthermore, You can use it as a dipping sauce for vegetable sticks too.
This is a chilled soft silky tofu that is eaten without any cooking method. All you have to prepare and cook is the sauce made from green onions, white onions, garlic, and soy sauce.
Enjoy this easy tofu dish as a side dish. Add some sesame seeds as a garnishing agent as well as to make it nuttier.
Silken tofu desserts
This is another silken vegan tofu dessert. It is tangy and citrusy from the lemon and has a creamy texture. Lemon tofu cheesecake is a fancy and elegant vegan dessert that you should enjoy at parties.
Enjoy the lemon tofu cheesecake immediately it is ready and has cooled but if you want a more flavourful cake, let it stay overnight and eat it the next day. This is to give the flavors enough time to develop. It is pure bliss.
Additionally, if you do not have an oven, you can make the no-bake way. This is achieved by eliminating the cornstarch in the filling. However, it will not be as farm-like as the baked version.
I love cakes. They are my guilty pleasure. However, they are poison to your health if not taken in moderation. That is why I prefer the tofu cake recipes as they are healthier if not more delicious.
This carrot tofu cake recipe is delicious. The cake is spongy and has fantastic orange-brown color. Therefore, you can enjoy this cake on Sunday brunch with your family.
It is quite a delight. Serve the carrot tofu cake as a dessert.
These tofu pancakes are highly nutritious since they have high plant protein. They are delicious, fluffy, and soft too because of the tofu.
Top it with vegan maple syrup for some sweetness. Add cacao nibs to introduce some crunch. Serve on a lazy Sunday morning when you are indoors with your family.
This is a decadent vegan dessert that is perfect for parties. It is healthy and ideal for the whole family. It is a quick recipe that requires no cooking.
Top it with crushed pretzel and peanuts for some crunchy and extra chocolate to intensify the chocolate flavor. Enjoy.
This is a flavorful dessert that boasts many flavors. It is salty from the soy and crunchy from the deep-fried shallots. It is spicy from the chili with a bit of punch from the ginger. If you are a tofu lover, this you must try.
It is easy to make and quite friendly to the pocket if you ask me. Eat immediately you prepare it.
This is a substitute for ordinary high-carb burgers. It is easy to make and great when having a vegan lifestyle. Tofu burgers are deliciously full of mixed and complex flavors making it a delight.
If you are not gluten-free, you can eat your tofu burger between buns. Alternatively, you can enjoy it as it is with a side dish of your favorite salad. You can as well make it part of the main dish by serving it on a loaded salad.
Pipa tofu is a Chinese dish that is so tasty and savory. The name Pipa originated from a Chinese wooden and pear-shaped musical instrument. Pipa tofu comes in the shape of this instrument hence the name pipa tofu.
Pipa tofu is a decadent meal containing different meats like minced prawns and pork, ham, dried shrimps, or dry scallops. Therefore different chefs will have different recipes, but the end product will be the same.
The method of cooking will also vary as you can either deep-fry, steam, or shallow fry. You will learn how to make the perfect pipa tofu through this recipe.
Taho is an authentic Filipino street food that they traditionally enjoyed for breakfast. It is smooth and creamy because of the silken tofu used to create it. Taho consists of silken tofu, tapioca pearls, and sugar syrup. If you are Filipino, then you know the love for sweet things is born. Taho is no different.
Taho is a drink that is served in small cups and taken with a spoon. It is deliciously smooth. It is a street dessert drink that is drunk when in a rush. Make it at home using this recipe.
There is nothing better to help you start a day than a high-protein pudding. Silken tofu breakfast pudding has a lot of flavors and is so smooth and tasty. In addition, it is healthy and low glycemic, which means it will help maintain weight loss.
You can add your favorite veggies and fruits to your tofu before blending. I love mine with frozen berries, sweeteners, and a little spinach. Sometimes I add apples too.
Garnish it by topping with coconut, seeds, nuts, butter, and berries.
Vegan tofu lemon posset is a fancy, delicious dessert. It is perfect for hangouts or when you do not want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen while hosting. You can make it days in advance and store it in the fridge until dessert time.
This vegan tofu lemon posset is flavourful, dreamy, and creamy. It has a zing from the lemon and you will taste a distant sweetness from the agave. The silken tofu gives it silkiness and a creamy quality. This vegan dessert is high in protein making it a nutritious substitute for the usual lemon posset.
Enjoy this vegan tofu lemon posset pudding while cold as a dessert or in the morning for breakfast.
Douhua is tofu pudding that is enjoyed as a snack by the Chinese. It is tender, creamy, and delicious. Douhua is a soft and delicate pudding that is kids friendly and perfect for any adult( especially kids at heart, like me).
You can also enjoy this savory tofu pudding while hot for breakfast. In China, you will find it sold as street food. Add some sugar to sweeten it and enjoy this comforting pudding. If you do not like it sugary, you can add some salt instead of the salty douhua.
We love everything Chinese, and that is why this authentic Mapo Tofu recipe is one of my favorite recipes. A Mapo Tofu is a traditional Sichuan Chinese dish. It is characterized by reddish, hot, and spicy Sichuan pepper and chili peppers.
A Mapo Tofu usually has beef or pork. But in this recipe, you will make it without meat and use tofu instead.
Serve your authentic Mapo Tofu with plain rice.
Tofu has been used for years as a substitute for cream and eggs in vegan dishes. Today, most healthy diets are recommending tofu because of how flavourful it is, the creaminess, and its versatility.
Tofu is a versatile thing that comes in different consistency and firmness. Therefore, it is vital to study your recipe first and know the kind of tofu you must use. If you happen to have silken tofu, then you are in luck. So enjoy the above recipes, and let me know what you think.