Tofu Recipes from the Thai Kitchen

Tofu Recipes Featuring the Flavors of Thailand

Who said tofu has to be boring? These tofu recipes from the Thai kitchen are taste-bud tantalizing. Great for vegetarians and vegans, you will find recipes for everything from fried tofu to tofu soup, noodles and appetizers with tofu, and great main course dishes. As a bonus, many of these recipes are also gluten-free. 

  • 01 of 14

    Crunchy Fried Tofu (plus how to cook with tofu)

    Crunchy Fried Tofu with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
    Crunchy Fried Tofu with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce. D.Schmidt

    Learn how to make crunchy fried tofu (gluten-free instructions are included), which can be eaten on its own or used as an addition to many of the other recipes in this tofu collection. Plus, you will find lots of great tips on how to buy, press and cook with tofu.

  • 02 of 14

    Thai Tofu Noodle Soup with Lemongrass (vegan/gluten-free)

    Thai Tofu Noodle Soup with Lemongrass
    Thai Tofu Noodle Soup with Lemongrass. D.Schmidt

    This comforting Thai tofu soup recipe is a great natural remedy if you're suffering from a cold or flu bug--or simply want to warm up on a cold day. It's also a good way to get your greens, with broccoli, Chinese cabbage, carrots and fresh basil added to a mound of thin gluten-free rice noodles. Combined with vegetable broth, lemongrass and coconut milk, this quick and easy tofu soup is a cup of warm comfort on a cool fall or winter day. 

  • 03 of 14

    Pumpkin Coconut Soup with Tofu (vegan/gluten-free)

    Thai Pumpkin Soup
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 11/23/09

    In Thailand, pumpkin and coconut milk are commonly paired up to make a variety of soups, curries and even sweet dishes. Here they are combined with a lightly curried soup that makes for a wonderful vegetarian/vegan entree--similar to those served at your favorite Thai or Vietnamese restaurant. 

  • 04 of 14

    Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup (gluten-free)

    Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup

    The Spruce

    Here's a Tom Yum Thai Spicy Soup recipe with a vegetarian twist. Tom Yum Soup may possibly boost the immune system and help fight off cold and flu viruses. This vegetarian version is easy to make, and just as healthy (if not more so) than the original recipe. Make this easy soup today as an appetizer, for lunch or as a nutritionally complete dinner. You'll love how it warms you up from the inside!

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  • 05 of 14

    Green Mango Salad with Fried Tofu

    Thai green mango salad

    The Spruce


    This Green Mango Salad recipe will blow you away with its tastebud-awakening flavors and a mix of textures. And as a bonus, it's very healthy, plus low in calories and fat. Enjoy it as a complete meal by adding some fried tofu. Any way you toss it, this green mango salad is incredibly healthy, and will be sure to win rave reviews from all your culinary fans! (For gluten-free diets, follow the link to make your own gluten-free fried tofu.)

  • 06 of 14

    Vegetarian Thai Green Curry with Tofu (gluten-free)

    Green Curry

    The Spruce

    An authentic Thai Green Curry Recipe for the vegetarian palate made with tofu instead of meat. Easy and delicious, not to mention healthy!

  • 07 of 14

    Crunchy Thai Vegetarian Spring Rolls (with tofu)

    Thai Spring Rolls
    Thai Spring Rolls. D.Schmidt

    This vegetarian Thai spring roll recipe made with tofu is brimming with vegetables and lots of flavors! They make a great appetizer or party food. And they're surprisingly easy to prepare. Get some help from your children or guests with the rolling, and you'll be enjoying these spring rolls in no time.

  • 08 of 14

    Thai Tofu Coconut Curry (gluten-free)

    Thai Tofu Coconut Curry
    Thai Tofu Coconut Curry. D.Schmidt

    This Thai tofu coconut curry recipe makes a delicious vegetarian or vegan meal, plus it's easy to put together. Made with tofu and lots of fresh vegetables, this dish is also gluten-free--great for anyone who wants to eat something healthy and nutritious without sacrificing taste. Best of all, the recipe can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes, so it's great for weekday as well as weekend meals.

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  • 09 of 14

    Crisp and Fresh Thai Lettuce Wraps

    Thai Lettuce Wraps
    Thai Lettuce Wraps. D.Schmidt

    This Thai recipe for lettuce wraps is quick and easy to make. It's also a fun dish to eat, either as an appetizer or as part of the main course. Serve the filling on a platter with whole iceberg lettuce leaves on the side, and let your friends and family wrap their own. They'll love the combination of crisp, cold lettuce with the warm, flavorful filling. And it's a low-calorie, low-fat treat that's also very nutritious. Lettuce wraps make a great party food!

  • 10 of 14

    Corn Fritters with Tofu (gluten-free)

    Corn Fritters with Tofu (Vegetarian & Gluten-free)
    Corn Fritters with Tofu (Vegetarian & Gluten-free). D.Schmidt

    This scrumptious recipe for corn fritters is a real treat, and it's also vegetarian and gluten free! Made with corn, tofu and a variety of vegetables. The corn fritter batter takes only minutes to stir together; then just drop spoonfuls into hot oil and fry for a few minutes. An easy treat that is terrific as an appetizer, snack or finger food for a party. For a dip, I like them with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, which now seems to be available in most grocery stores--look for it in the Asian section.

  • 11 of 14

    Vegetarian Pad Thai Noodles (gluten-free)

    Vegetarian pad thai

     The Spruce

    An authentic Pad Thai recipe for real vegetarian Thai food lovers, or those who want a lighter noodle dish without the meat. This Pad Thai recipe does offer adequate protein in the form of eggs (vegans can omit this ingredient), and ground nuts. Plus, because it's made with rice noodles, Pad Thai is a gluten-free recipe. Although vegetables are not strictly part of traditional Pad Thai, I've added a little bok choy to make this dish even more nutritious. 

  • 12 of 14

    Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Tofu

    Thai Fried Rice Noodles

    The Spruce

    This easy stir-fried noodle dish starts with vermicelli rice noodles (called "vermicelli rice stick" at Asian stores). Added to the stir fry are shiitake mushrooms, red pepper, bean sprouts and your choice of tofu or chicken. Add a special Thai sauce and you have a terrific noodle dish that's great for any occasion, from everyday meals to a party-worthy dish. As a bonus, these noodles are healthy, low-fat and gluten-free. 

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  • 13 of 14

    Thai Fresh Rolls with Tofu

    Beautiful Thai Fresh Rolls
    Beautiful Thai Fresh Rolls. D.Schmidt

    Learn how to make Thai fresh rolls! This easy Thai recipe is quick to put together, and can also be made vegetarian. Makes a great finger food for parties and potlucks, or serve Thai fresh rolls as an appetizer or part of the main course (perfect with a Thai salad). Fresh rolls also make for great "munchies" in front of the TV. 

  • 14 of 14

    Bangkok-Style Drunken Noodles

    Bangkok-style Drunken Noodles
    Bangkok-style Drunken Noodles. D.Schmidt

    Fatigued and hungry revelers in Bangkok who seek a middle-of-the-night meal are given this spicy noodle dish (the hot chilies are meant to wake you up). But even milder versions are delicious, so if your spice-o-meter tends to stay near mild, not to worry--this noodle recipe is delicious with or without chilies. As a bonus, the addition of lots of vegetables means these noodles are healthy as well as delicious.