Tofu gets a bad rap for being bland when in fact it’s one of the best ingredients you could use. The soybean curd easily absorbs seasonings and marinade, making it a versatile food item. Apart from being added to soups, here are non-boring ways to cook tofu.

Tofu Sisig

The ultimate Pinoy pulutan can be made vegetarian by swapping the protein for tofu. Kawaling Pinoy’s recipe is budget-friendly and maintains that creamy and spicy flavor you love in a sisig. Get that nice crisp by properly draining the block of soy.

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Tofu Nuggets

Kids love nuggets and you can make a healthy alternative by using tofu instead of chicken. These easy beaded tofu nuggets are a great snack or dinner option. Bake or fry it to achieve that crisp coating and enjoy with your choice of dip.   

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Tofu Scramble

Did you know that you can make scramble without eggs? Tofu scramble won’t have the same runny consistency, but they’ll still taste delicious. It’s also easy to make with this 4-step recipe. The secret is using turmeric to achieve that yellow color and black salt for the eggy flavor.

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Tofu Vegetable Stir-Fry

If you have vegetables you need to use up, stir-fries are the way to go. They’re quick to make and lets you be creative with leftovers. Include more protein in the dish by adding tofu. Here’s a recipe from Madeleine Olivia if you need an easy mid-week dinner.

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Tofu Katsudon adapted the katsudon to be vegetarian-friendly and it’s just as flavorful. Newbies in the kitchen might find it intimidating to make but the extra work is worth it. The total cooking time is about 45 minutes so save this recipe for a less busy day of the week.  

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There are many more creative ways to elevate this protein-packed ingredient, and these are just some of them. You might want to invest in a tofu press, too, to help you be more efficient in the kitchen.

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