12 Top-Rated Japanese Tofu Recipes
These Japanese-inspired tofu recipes combine so many of the things we love. Simple preparations, exciting flavors and textures, and an inexpensive, healthy protein that's super versatile. With these recipes, the tofu is all about texture, letting the subtle flavors of sauces and marinades take center stage in satisfying soups, noodle dishes, stir-fries, sushi, and more. For more, check out our collections of Tofu Recipes and Japanese Recipes.
Japanese Nabeyaki Udon Soup
Ready in 40 minutes. This comforting one-pot meal features something for everyone, with udon noodles, chicken, tofu, and colorful vegetables. "This is a wonderful Japanese soup, very popular throughout Japan," says jaime. "A meal in and of itself!"
Japanese Agedashi Tofu
Quick and easy, cubes of tofu are quickly fried to crispy and served with a tasty sauce and garnished with chopped green onions. "This quick and easy Japanese fried tofu recipe is a great appetizer," says Chef Jackie
Japanese Tofu Salad
You'll combine pressed tofu, garlic, and ginger with tomato, onion, and cilantro and a simple Japanese-inspired vinaigrette made with soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil, and rice vinegar. "Here is a simple way of incorporating tofu into your diet," says JOSIE. "You can certainly play around with this recipe, adding whatever you like, I garnish mine with lime wedges."
This traditional Japanese dish is so simple to make. Slices of soft tofu are topped with fresh grated ginger, green onion, and a light dressing. "This is one of the really traditional easy dishes in Japan," says kyoko. "My dad likes it so much. We often eat this dish with the rice, miso soup, grilled fish and Japanese pickles in the morning."
Traditional Beef Sukiyaki
Tofu, beef, cabbage, mushrooms, and yam noodles swim in a flavorful broth. "I love this recipe for Beef Sukiyaki!" says Katrina Otero, who rates it 5 stars. "It's kind of hard to find the thinly sliced beef near where I live so I use the meat that's pre-sliced that they use for Philly Cheesesteak at Walmart."
Homemade Miso Soup
"Make your very own Japanese miso soup from scratch," says ChefJackie. "It's easy to do at home! Perfect for an appetizer or light, warming lunch."
Japanese Wafu Burger
Here's an ingenious way to stretch a pound of ground beef. "These traditional Japanese hamburgers are eaten without a bun. Shiitake mushrooms and tofu make them moist without falling apart, and a mirin glaze adds extra flavor," says Mariko eats. "Absolutely delicious! I like to eat these with cooked daikon (Japanese radish) and rice."
With this traditional Okinawan recipe, tofu is pan-fried with cabbage, scrambled eggs, and dressed with a sake, miso, and soy sauce dressing. You'll love the textural interplay between the crispy tofu outside and the tender tofu inside.
Tofu with Pork and Miso
Ready in 20 minutes! Ground pork and cubes of tofu simmer with miso paste, sesame oil, and chopped green onion. "This is a wonderful dish that goes really well with hot steamed rice," says CHIGUSA. "It's also very quick and easy."
Pumpkin and Tofu Miso Soup
Cubes of pumpkin and tofu combine with buckwheat noodles garnished with green onion, sesame seeds, and pickled ginger. "A delicious Japanese-style miso soup suitable for vegetarians and vegans," says IDIOTEQUE.
The Best Ever Vegan Sushi
Sushi rice and strips of fried tofu, avocado, carrots, cabbage, and cucumber are wrapped up in nori. "Serve with pickled ginger, soy sauce, and wasabi to enjoy an authentic sushi experience," says i-have-the-munchies.
Crispy Teriyaki Tofu
Crispy tofu is served with a bold teriyaki sauce kicked up with sherry, garlic, Sriracha sauce, and ginger paste. "Serve over rice for a complete meal," says Soup Loving Nicole.
More Recipes & Inspiration: