Tofu 5 Ways

I’m always trying to convince people to experiment with protein-packed tofu. It’s versatile, easy to use, and has only 15 calories per ounce. Don’t think you’re a fan of this soy protein? These recipes might just change your mind.
tofu and beef lettuce cups

Lettuce Cups with Tofu and Beef; Ellie Krieger

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

I’m always trying to convince people to experiment with protein-packed tofu. It’s versatile, easy to use, and has only 15 calories per ounce. Don’t think you’re a fan of this soy protein? These  5 recipes might just change your mind.

Roast

Fried tofu is crunchy and delicious, but high-calorie. Roasting can give you the same results without all that fat. The trick is to remove the excess water by draining it well on a paper towel before cooking. Use roasted tofu in sandwiches, salads, soups or Asian-inspired noodle dishes.

RECIPE: Roasted Tofu
Stir-Fry

Add sliced, cubed or even crumbled extra-firm tofu to stir fry. Use the same paper towel trick from above to help the tofu absorb more flavor.

RECIPE: Lettuce Cups with Tofu and Beef (pictured)

Whip

Silken tofu is smooth and creamy –- a totally different tofu experience than the firm varieties. This easy dressing for salads, burgers, sandwiches or fish has only 7 calories per tablespoon.

Blend

Silken tofu also makes a mean smoothie. This recipe calls for milk -- replace it with soy, almond or rice milk if you don’t drink dairy.

Grill

Why not toss some tofu steaks on the grill at your next cookout? Serve up grilled pieces topped with pesto or salsa or on toasted rolls with your favorite burger toppings.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »

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