As much as tofu is a staple in many plant-based eater’s kitchens, it seems to often get overlooked when creating a sandwich. Store-bought vegan meats have certainly garnered their place in the vegan sandwich world, but when seasoned and cooked well, there aren’t too many things that are more delicious than tofu in a sandwich. Here are 15 tofu sandwiches that will prove that’s the case!
1. Barbeque Tofu Sandwich
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This Barbecue Tofu Sandwich by Nadine Horn and Jorg Mayer is good enough to make anyone into a fan of tofu. The homemade pickles and caramelized onions complement the slow-marinated tofu perfectly. This is a great lunch or light dinner option for a sandwich connoisseur.
2. Grilled Cuban Tofu Sandwich
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This Grilled Cuban Tofu Sandwich by Zsu Dever will transport you straight to the winding streets of Havana. The tofu is marinated in a zesty mojo sauce that is just the right mixture of sweet and tangy, then it’s sandwiched between toasty bread that’s stuffed with fresh watercress, butter pickles, spicy mustard, and melty vegan cheese, before being grilled to perfection.
3. Picnic Perfect Crispy Tofu Sandwiches
Now that the picnic season has officially started, these wholemeal rolls with crispy sesame tofu, creamy avocado, and crunchy carrots, red cabbage & toasted peanuts are THE ULTIMATE VEGAN SANDWICHES to pack in your picnic basket! When it comes to packing the picnic basket, it’s nice to swap the same old boring sandwiches with something a little more exciting and fresh like these Picnic Perfect Crispy Tofu Sandwiches by Tania Pilcher!
4. Broccoli and Tofu Sandwiches
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These Broccoli and Tofu Sandwiches by Katie Culpin and Josh Bailey are chock-full of wholesome ingredients. Broccoli florets and cubes of tofu are tossed in energizing ginger, coriander, and umami miso, and then stuffed between two crispy bread rolls. Messy, but very worth it!
5. Grilled Marinated Tofu Sandwich
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This Grilled Marinated Tofu Sandwich by Heather Poire is a must-make. Extra firm sprouted tofu is marinated in a simple mixture of vegetable broth, liquid smoke, soy sauce, and maple syrup. As you prep the pickled vegetables and shredded carrot, the tofu soaks in the smoky-sweet flavor of the marinade. The liquid is also used when pan-frying the tofu, infusing more flavor into the tofu while it cooks.
6. Beer Battered Tofu ‘Fish’ Sandwich
This sandwich needs no pitch because it is everything you dreamed of and more. If you long for that faux fish sammie, you have to try this Beer Battered Tofu ‘Fish’ Sandwich by Gabrielle St. Claire. The tofu is coated in a crispy batter and paired with fresh slaw between two fluffy buns. Add a plate of fries to that and you are set!
7. Smoked Tofu and Artichoke Spinach Sandwich
There are a lot of things going on in this sandwich, like smoked organic tofu, sautéed balsamic red pepper and onions, fresh veggies, stacked between lightly toasted bread, covered in artichoke spinach hummus. This Smoked Tofu and Artichoke Spinach Sandwich by Plant Tribe is so delicious and super easy to make, plus it contains spinach, which if you didn’t know, contains many great health benefits.
8. Barbeque Tofu and Mango Sandwich
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If you crave the taste of barbecue, this Barbeque Tofu and Mango Sandwich by Michelle Anderson will prove meat is not necessary to enjoy smoky, bold flavors In the air fryer, the tofu crisps on the edges similar to grilling, and the even heat finishes the sauce to a tempting, sticky glaze. The sandwich can be served without the chutney, but the ginger and jalapeño-infused mango mixture elevate the flavor to new culinary heights. Choose ripe mangos with a perceptible fragrance through the skin; this ensures the flesh will be a vibrant yellow and the taste sweet and piney.
9. Zesty Tofu Salad Sandwich
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This Zesty Tofu Salad Sandwich by Tara Binder is such a great lunch! It’s healthy, full of flavor, and super filling! Speaking of filling, the filling in this sandwich is so amazing! You are going to fall in love.
10. Portobello and Tofu Scramble Sandwich
This Portobello and Tofu Scramble Sandwich by Annabelle Randles is a hearty breakfast option filled with savory goodness. Toasty ciabatta bread is slathered in red pesto, topped with tender Portobello mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and a well-seasoned tofu scramble. A super satisfying and healthy way to start the day or to enjoy on those nights when you’re craving breakfast for dinner.
11. Katsu Banh Mi: Crispy Tofu Cutlet Sandwich
Presenting: the katsu banh mi. Katsu is Japanese for “cutlet” and it’s the centerpiece of this sandwich. Tofu is dredged in panko and then air fried (or baked) to crispy perfection. Then, it’s served on a roll with pickles, tonkatsu aioli, fresh herbs, and spicy jalapeños. Most components can be made up to three days ahead of time, so you can prep during the week and then indulge in this awesome Katsu Banh Mi: Crispy Tofu Cutlet Sandwich by Zsu Dever!
12. Smoked Tofu Multi-Layer Sandwich
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This isn’t any old sandwich! An extraordinary sandwich has to have the perfect balance of creaminess, crunch, and punch of flavor. This Smoked Tofu Multi-Layer Sandwich by Jamie Bevia has all of that and more. The avocado and hummus and creaminess while the red onion, cucumber, and alfalfa sprouts add plenty of crunchy and crisp textures.
13. Roasted Tofu Parmesan Sandwiches
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A classic Italian sandwich made vegan with these delicious and soft, homemade rolls and super filling marinara sauce. The chicken or eggplant in these Roasted Tofu Parmesan Sandwiches by Travis Piper is replaced with a thick slice of breaded tofu topped with vegan cheese and sauce.
14. Loaded Roasted Tofu Dinner Sandwiches
15. Grilled Tofu Tikka Sandwich
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Tikka is an Indian appetizer that means “cutlet.” Typically served with an appetizer in a spicy, aromatic sauce, this recipe takes tofu tikka and serves it between two slices of crispy grilled bread! Tofu is marinated in a creamy, garlicky, spicy sauce and combined on bread with fresh tomatoes and chutney. This Grilled Tofu Tikka Sandwich by Preeti Tamilarasan is an easy and healthy meal that can be served for dinner, lunch, or even as a party appetizer when cut into smaller pieces. The tofu can easily be replaced by cauliflower or mushrooms, depending on your tastes and what’s in your refrigerator.
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