Searching for the best tofu recipes? These Asian tofu dishes are ideal for quick and easy meals, providing excellent plant-based protein for a healthy diet.

Recipe roundup for healthy Asian tofu recipes

Looking for the best way to enjoy tofu? Asian cuisines provide incredibly versatile tofu recipes that cater to every taste, whether you’re a beginner or looking to explore new tofu dishes.

From simple, crispy pan-fried tofu for beginners to the rich flavors of mapo tofu and tuna soft stew, which are easy enough for any cook to tackle, these recipes highlight tofu’s extensive adaptability.

Tofu pairs wonderfully with a variety of ingredients, making it the perfect centerpiece for both vegan and vegetarian meals, like tofu broccoli salad or quick silken tofu. Also, explore our dishes that feature meat and seafood, including meat tofu patties, tofu kimchi stir-fry, and authentic Korean soft tofu stew.

Discover the joy of cooking with tofu, a fantastic source of plant-based protein that fits seamlessly into any diet. These tofu dishes not only offer health benefits but also promise to delight your palate.

Even skeptics can become tofu enthusiasts with the right recipe. Let these Asian tofu recipes inspire you to get creative in the kitchen.

For more insights on using tofu with other ingredients, check out my Korean pantry page. Explore, experiment, and enjoy the endless possibilities tofu has to offer.

15 Healthy Asian Tofu Recipes

Streamed silken tofu with Korean soy chili sauce is easy to spoon up

Microwave Soft Tofu Recipe (5-Minute)

This Korean soft tofu (silken tofu) recipe takes only 5 minutes to cook in a microwave. A slightly spicy soy chili sauce adds umami in this light tofu dish. You will also learn other easy cooking method to prepare tofu.
Spicy braised tofu slices are placed in an oval platter with a pair of chopsticks

Quick Braised Tofu (Dubu Jorim)

This quick Korean braised tofu recipe, dubu jorim, turns bland tofu into a full flavored dish. Pan-seared tofu slices are braised in a spicy savory sauce. Adjust the amount of Korean chili flakes to suit your spice level.
Korean tofu slices and stir fried kimchi are presented together on a plate.

Quick Dubu Kimchi (Tofu with Kimchi and Pork)

Dubu Kimchi creates a delightful blend of contrasting flavors, combining warm and creamy tofu with stir-fried fermented kimchi and pork. It takes only 10 minutes to make and is a tasty way to use up old kimchi. This recipe can be adapted for a vegetarian diet.
Korean style crispy pan-fried tofu with dipping sauce.

Crispy Pan Fried Tofu (Quick Korean Style)

Make crispy pan-fried tofu in 10 minutes! Enjoy Korean-style tofu (dubu buchim) with a golden crust and flavorful sauce, no long time pressing or cornstarch needed.
Tofu and eggs are cooked in a skillet with spicy sauce to serve with rice

Spicy Tofu and Egg in a Skillet

This Korean spicy tofu and egg dish in a skillet is a quick and easy to whip up, but is satisfying enough to justify making it for dinner. Gluten-free and vegetarian adaptable!
Mapo tofu is dished in a blue bowl with a spoon.

Authentic Sichuan Mapo Tofu Recipe

Sichuan Mapo Tofu, a spicy Chinese tofu dish, is easy to make at home with our authentic recipe. With soft tofu and ground pork in a savory sauce, it promises a fulfilling meal that goes great with rice.
Korean soondubu jjigae with clam and shrimp is served with rice

Korean Tofu Stew (Sundubu Jjigae)

Sundubu jjigae is a velvety Korean tofu stew made with soft silken tofu, deep umami taste, and spicy stew. Add your favorite seafood to customize the dish.
Crumbled soft tofu is cooked with egg and tomato and served with rice.

Tofu with Egg and Tomato

This quick and simple tofu dish is cooked with egg and tomato to add extra protein and flavor — A delicious comfort food ready in just 20 minutes.
Korean meat tofu patties are served on a bamboo bastket with perilla leaves

Korean Meat Tofu Patties (Wanja-jeon)

Korean meat tofu patties (wanja-jeon) are a traditional Korean Chuseok dish, but they are also great for a lunchbox as well. You can use ground pork, beef, chicken, or mixture of any. Makes 3 dozen mini patties.
Oyster, soft tofu, and kimchi make an easy one pot meal cooked in a skillet.

Oyster Soft Tofu Rice Bowl (Skillet Dinner)

This soft tofu rice bowl with oyster and kimchi makes a great one skillet dinner. Simmer in a simple spicy sauce and serve over rice.
Watercress Tofu Salad is a greaat Korean vegan side dish

Korean Watercress Tofu Salad Side Dish

This watercress and tofu salad is a great Korean vegan and vegetarian dish. Blanched watercress and crumbled tofu are seasoned with soybean paste, garlic and sesame oil. Serve with rice!
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Tofu and Egg Pudding

This savory Korean tofu and egg pudding is made with silken tofu in a microwave. It is not only a protein packed dish but also delicious.
Beef and Tofu Stew In A Skillet

Beef and Tofu Stew in a Skillet

Beef tofu stew made in a skillet is a quick and and easy way of enjoying rural style Korean stew. Adjust the heat level according to your preference. Look for thin slices of beef that has some marbling.

Tofu Broccoli Salad

Easy tofu recipe made into salad with broccoli. This tofu broccoli salad is a great vegetarian or vegan dish. It's gluten-free and low-carb.
Korean dumplings with kimchi tofu pork fillings

Kimchi Tofu Dumplings (Mandu)

Korean dumplings(Mandu) are filled with kimchi tofu, and pork. This one is one of the most popular Korean dumplings

Spicy braised tofu slices are placed in an oval platter with a pair of chopsticks

15 Healthy Asian Tofu Recipes: Quick Braised Tofu

This quick Korean braised tofu recipe turns bland tofu into a full flavored dish. Pan-seared tofu slices are braised in a spicy savory sauce. Adjust the amount of Korean chili flakes to suit your spice level.
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  • To make the sauce, combine soy sauce, Korean chili flakes, garlic, sugar, sesame oil, black pepper. Pour anchovy stock (or water) and mix well; set aside.
  • Slice tofu into 1/2-inch thickness. Press tofu slices slightly firmly with a piece of paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add tofu slices and sear for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden and crisp.
  • Add onion and chili on top of tofu. Pour the sauce evenly over the tofu and let it boil. Cover with lid and cook for 4-5 minutes on medium low heat.
  • Remove the lid and garnish the braised tofu with chopped green onion and toasted sesame seeds if you wish. Serve with rice.


To make anchovy stock:
Put 5-6 large dried anchovies and a piece of dried sea kelp in a pot with 2 cups of water. Bring to boil and simmer over low heat for 4-5 minutes. Discard the anchovies and sea kelp and reserve the stock.
Vegetarian adaptation: Use water, instead of anchovy stock, in the sauce.
Calories: 164kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 848mg, Potassium: 121mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 891IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 172mg, Iron: 2mg
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