While firm or extra-firm tofu will hold up best in vegetable stir-fries and baked tofu dishes, silken tofu has its own place in the vegetarian kitchen. From creamy sauces to low-fat and vegan desserts, it's a delicious addition and you won't even know it's there. Get inspired to use this softer tofu by exploring some of our favorite vegetarian and vegan recipes. When you're done, check out a few ways to make a dessert using tofu!
01 of 09
Silken tofu can transform a traditional pie recipe into a low-fat dessert that can be prepared in minutes. In recipes such as chocolate pies or pumpkin pies, the silken tofu serves as the base which carries the other flavors.
Instead of creating a rich and fat-filled base out of cheese, dairy, butter, or eggs, the tofu just blends right up. You simply have to try it to believe just how tasty and easy it is. Give some of these recipes a try:
02 of 09
Silken tofu is an essential ingredient in just about every dairy-free cheesecake recipe you'll find, including this pumpkin cheesecake. It melds with the sugar and holds up well when baked.
Some people find that tofu-based cheesecakes aren't quite as rich as "real" cheesecakes. A quick fix is to top it off with a sweet fruit or chocolate topping. You can even max out your silken tofu use to make a delicious whipped cream substitute.
03 of 09
Keep a few boxes of silken tofu stocked in your cupboard and you'll always have a great meal starter to work with. For example, it's a quick and delicious addition to many rice dishes.
If you're in the mood for some Asian food, try silken tofu in an eggless Chinese cashew fried rice or a classic Japanese miso soup. For a light lunch or side dish, be sure to try the creamy vegetarian artichoke risotto. It's low in fat and has that gourmet taste we expect from a great risotto.
04 of 09
A little silken tofu makes a great ricotta cheese substitute when making vegetarian lasagna. Try it out in this dairy-free vegan sweet potato lasagna recipe. It's hard to resist a lasagna that uses sweet potatoes. Pair that with spinach, Roma tomatoes, and silken tofu and you have a five-star dinner. Or, for something even simpler, try this vegan crockpot lasagna for one your whole family will enjoy.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Using silken tofu as a base for your favorite dairy-free sauces and dressing is a great idea. From a creamy alfredo to a zesty tartar sauce, it's rather easy to make vegan-friendly staples from scratch. Try using silken tofu as a base for dairy-free sauces, such as pasta sauces and more.
06 of 09
Pureed silken tofu makes the perfect base for smoothies, shakes, or lassis. It's a quick substitute that works in any recipe, adding a fat-free protein boost and it's thicker and creamier than soy milk. You'll also appreciate that silken tofu is cheaper and more convenient than yogurt. And silken tofu doesn't need to be refrigerated when purchased in aseptic containers, so you can stock up when it's on sale.
Now that you know all the advantages of silken tofu, you can use it... any blended drink you wish. To get started, try our deliciously healthy blueberry tofu smoothie.
07 of 09
Instead of milk or cream, silken tofu makes a healthy and low-fat base for plenty of desserts. Even with your vegan diet, you can use it to enjoy custards, mousse, popsicles, or even make super moist chocolate brownies or vegan frosting. If pudding is what you're craving, few recipes can beat this tempting chocolate banana pudding. The key ingredient is silken tofu and it requires just four ingredients in total. Super easy and ready in an hour, anyone can appreciate that.
08 of 09
Silken tofu—or a combination of silken and regular tofu—make a perfect base for baked breakfast casseroles. It's a little trick many vegans use to create egg-free frittatas and vegan quiches and keep the dishes low in fat and cholesterol. Similarly, silken tofu makes a decent egg substitute for baking cookies, scones, and muffins. Lighter baked goods, such as cakes, need a leavening agent and will be a bit heavier, so it's best to stick with cookies and muffins. Here are a few recipes... which use silken tofu as an egg substitute:Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Tofu is one of the best meat substitutes. That's certainly true when you have recipes like these tasty vegetable veggie burgers.
While veggie burgers are pretty standard, can you really turn something like meatloaf into a vegetarian meal? It is absolutely possible if you combine TVP (textured vegetable protein) and silken tofu.