What Does Tofu Taste Like?

In this article, we're going to cover tofu. We'll tell you everything you need to know about taste and texture, how to eat it, and how to make sensational vegan eats with it.

Let's check it out...

What Does Tofu Taste Like? 

Have you ever heard that tofu tastes like nothing? There is some truth to this. Tofu is a bean curd—the result of shaping the curds of soy milk into solid blocks.

The only taste you can really detect might be one that reminds you of unsweetened soy milk, but tofu is generally considered an absorber of flavor. It picks up marinade flavors beautifully.

Tofu Texture 

Tofu is available in a number of textures. Silken tofu is soft and a bit gelatinous, which makes it ideal for blending into sauces. Firm tofu is still soft and moist, but it's more solid and has a grainy, slightly spongy texture rather than a smooth one.

Extra firm tofu is the densest and spongiest. A cool cooking hack is to freeze tofu and then let it thaw before stir-frying it, which will make it drier and super chewy.

Is Tofu Good to Eat? 

Not only is it good to eat, tofu is a cornerstone of vegan and vegetarian diets. Full of protein, it's a convenient energy source, and as it has no strong flavors, it's a very adaptable and appealing protein.

It'll commonly replace meat in a non-vegan dish as a step toward veganizing it. You'll find tofu in vegan deli slices, fake bacon, tofurkey and mock chicken and beef in the frozen aisle at the grocery store.

Can You Eat Tofu Raw? 

You can totally eat tofu raw. You might not be interested in taking a bite of plain, raw tofu from the package as it's so bland, but you can cube it and throw it on top of a salad or add it to any recipe without worrying about cooking it through.

Eating tofu raw is not like eating soybeans raw (which is something you would not want to do). Since it's processed from soy milk, it can be considered precooked in a way, so it presents no problems or dangers.

Is My Tofu Bad? 

Trying to figure out if your tofu has spoiled? We can help with that. The good thing about tofu is that you can tell really quickly when it's a goner.

The smell of bad tofu is probably going to hit you first. It smells sour, whereas when it's fresh, it won't have any particular odor. It'll also start changing color, becoming darker instead of a creamy off-white. Keep far away if you see mold growing.

Tofu Recipe Tips 

If you're wondering how to use tofu in your recipes, the real question is, are there any ways you can't use tofu? Not really! Check out these videos for inspiration.

General Tso's tofu is a classic stir-fry with a sweet and savory sauce.

Here are the ingredients:

  • Firm tofu
  • Cornstarch
  • Vegetable oil
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Maple syrup
  • Soy sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Sriracha
  • Green onions
  • Vegetable broth
  • Cooking oil

Silken tofu is the key to creamy vegan ranch dressing.

You'll need:

  • Parsley
  • Silken tofu
  • Plant milk
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Mustard
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt and pepper

Desserts of all kinds are made with silken tofu, including this tempting vegan tiramisu.

Get these ingredients:

  • Silken tofu
  • Plant milk
  • Powdered sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Vanilla extract
  • Espresso or coffee
  • Cocoa powder
  • Vegan vanilla cookies
  • Vegan chocolate shavings (optional)

Wrap Up 

Tofu is an excellent flavor absorber, soaking in all those delicious ingredients while providing a pleasantly dense, often chewy texture. Silken tofu is a little different, soft, creamy and perfect for sauces. Try any stir-fry with sauteed, baked or gently fried firm tofu, and anytime you want to make a creamy sauce or dessert like vegan ranch, chocolate mousse or tiramisu, keep silken tofu in mind.

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