Many people don’t realize that there are different types of tofu that can be used in a variety of different dishes. Let us show the differences and explore these simple silken tofu recipes.
Oftentimes, people have told me that they want to like tofu, but they just don’t know what to do with it.
Contrary to popular belief, tofu is not scary. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty easy to cook with and can be made into just about anything. Get ready for some amazing vegan tofu recipes!
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What exactly is silken tofu?
Tofu is an Asian food made from soybeans. Production involves soaking soybeans in water and creating soy milk. Then the milk has to be curdled using a substance such as calcium sulfate or lemon juice.
From there, curds are separated from the whey and usually packaged in block form. It is sold in a variety of options, from soft to extra firm, and they differ mainly in the amount of water retained.
There are two main types of tofu–silken and regular. Silken tofu is often called Japanese-style tofu, as well as soft or silk. It has a more delicate texture and will fall apart if not handled carefully.
This type of tofu is sometimes packaged in aseptic, or shelf-stable, boxes that do not require refrigeration. It is great to keep on-hand since there is no requirement to use it quickly. It is also packed in very little water and doesn’t need to be drained or pressed for many recipes, unlike regular tofu.
Both silken and regular tofu can be found in soft, medium, firm, and extra-firm consistencies. They are made with the same ingredients, but they are processed slightly differently and with different amounts of water.
What can silken tofu be used for?
There are so many dishes that can be made with silken tofu. Everything from desserts to sauces and frostings.
One of my favorite ways to use silken tofu is in desserts. In the list below you’ll find chocolate mousse, no-bake pie, and even carrot cake frosting.
Vegan dips are always a great option for using tofu. A couple of my favorites–French onion dip and spinach dip–can be found below.
Sauces & condinments
Amazingly, silken tofu can be make into many different vegan sauces including mayonnaise, sour cream, ranch dressing, chipotle dressing, and more. You’ll find these recipes included in my list of favorites.
Sides & main dishes
While this category has fewer options, it contains some delicious alternatives like vegan mushroom stroganoff and and amazingly simple coleslaw recipes.
What followers are saying about silken tofu recipes
I made 3 recipes so far and loved all of them. Tried the chocolate pie, the fruit skewers with Key Lime Sauce, and the mushroom stroganoff. All were well received by my eaters.” –Lu-Anne
Be sure to check out my Simple Silken Tofu Recipes page for more great ideas!
*Originally published December 13, 2018