Take-out food is in a class of itself. It’s something that the whole family can look forward to. From crisp fresh vegetables to perfectly marinated dishes, it’s flavorful and a Food Monster favorite. However, how about you take a shot at recreating your favorite dishes at home? Plant-based style! We went through the Food Monster App and found 15 Chinese-Style Tofu recipes you simply have to experience for yourself. Let’s dig in.
The combination of sweet and spicy is what makes General Tso’s Tofu a hit at Chinese restaurants across the country and around the world. Traditional wok-based dishes make for great Instant Pot™ conversions as the cooking intensity calls to mind a bit what is called the “breath of the wok.”
This Spicy Black Pepper Tofu is phenomenal not only in taste but visual appeal. Tofu is sautéed with shallots, fresh chili peppers, a healthy amount of garlic and ginger, and a special spice blend. This flavor-packed tofu dish is easy to make, cooks in under 30 minutes, and pairs wonderfully with rice or grains of your choice.
Braised tofu is a staple in Chinese cuisine. This Chinese Braised Tofu and Veggie Stir-Fry is basically deep fried tofu braised with different mushrooms and vegetables in a savory, starchy gravy. You can enjoy it with rice or just on its own. It’s so tasty, delicious and definitely healthy nutritious.
Are you a fan of Chinese food takeout on the weekend? Join the club! Making your own favorite recipe with healthy modifications saves you money and calories. Instead of deep-frying, these crispy textured tofu cubes are baked. We all love a weekend splurge, but this Crispy Baked Cara Cara Orange Tofu Recipe will make you want to eat in instead of ordering out!
Egg foo yung is a ubiquitous dish in Chinese restaurants. This egg-free, oil-free version that uses tofu and mushrooms is a healthy go-to meal that kids love. This Oil-Free Tofu Young is sure to be a hit!
Kung Pao is a typical dish of Chinese cuisine, which is typically prepared with chicken as the main ingredient, vegetables, and peanuts or cashews. This Kung Pao Tofu uses tofu instead of chicken, but you won’t miss it. You can incorporate chilis into this recipe if you like it spicy.
This Super Easy Hoisin Tofu is so easy to make, it’s guaranteed to become a weeknight staple. Tofu is stir-fried in a sticky, sweet, and spicy sauce that will make your taste buds dance. Serve on a bed of brown rice, your favorite grain, or even noodles.
This Oil-Free Kung Pao Tofu is the stand-out version of the Classic Chinese dish. The sauce is sweet, tangy, and spicy while the tofu is crisp on the outside and tender in the middle. You’ll never need to get take out again.
Takeout is convenient, but nothing beats the taste of homemade food, like this Black Bean Tofu and Red Peppers. Tofu and red peppers are sautéed together in aromatics and savory black bean sauce in this simple dish that is guaranteed to become a new family favorite. Serve with rice or any grains to complete the meal.
This General Tso’s Tofu is crispy and flavorful, the sauce is not too sweet and not too spicy, just thick and rich. Served with crunchy broccoli and 5-Spice Brown Rice, this General Tso’s Tofu is made to order. No delivery required.
Black pepper sauce is a savory and addicting Chinese favorite. In this Tofu in Black Pepper Sauce recipe, cubes of tofu are combined with onions and chilies, pan-fried in a garlicky sauce until golden brown, and then tossed in a spicy-sweet soy sauce. Serve over a bed of steamed white rice for a hearty meal.
12. Simple Chinese Braised Tofu
There’s nothing like a simple dish that you can whip up using ingredients that are likely already in your pantry. In this Simple Chinese Braised Tofu, firm tofu is marinated in soy sauce, oil, garlic, sugar, and peppers and then pan-fried until golden brown. The braised tofu can then be served a number of ways: on a bed of rice and veggies, on top of a citrusy-ginger salad, or in a wrap with Asian touches like bamboo shoots and soy sauce.
This Light General Tso’s Tofu dish is a lighter take on a take-out classic. Instead of being deep-fried, the tofu is sautéed in a spicy, sweet, and garlicky sauce until sticky and crispy. If you’re looking to cut down on oil, then this recipe is a must-try! Serve it with broccoli and rice or any variation of grains you want.
This Chinese Steamed Tofu will be your go-to recipe when you’re in a hurry to prepare something for lunch or dinner. Silken tofu is steamed for five minutes and then served in a garlicky, umami sauce, then topped with scallions. When it comes to toppings, you can play with all kinds of options, like crushed peanuts, fresh herbs or celery leaves, and serve it with rice to make a complete meal.
This is a quick and easy Scramble Tofu Fried Rice that tastes great and will keep you full for hours. The combination of spicy, sweet and salty flavors combine into a fabulous flavored dish that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
For more takeout inspiration, check out these 20 Chinese Dishes! You can find these recipes and many more on our Food Monster App. With over 10,000 recipes right in the palm of your hand, you’ll always have something delicious and new to try. It’s available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
Lead Image Source: Oil-Free Kung Pao Tofu