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Silken Tofu Recipes

Are you looking for silken tofu recipes for vegetarians? If you are a vegetarian or are just planning on becoming one your first plan of action will be to start incorporating foods such as tofu into your diet. There are many other types of meat alternatives out there but tofu is one of the most widely used and is quite inexpensive so you will still be able to make this change in eating habits and still stay within your budget, maybe even more than before.

This silken tofu recipe is my favourite as it uses steaming as a technique for cooking therefore reducing the fat content down to almost nothing and has high protein content.

Silken Tofu RecipesYou will Need:

  • 6 medium shiitake mushrooms, dried or fresh
  • 700g packet silken tofu, Japanese variety
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, finely shredded
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp shaohsing rice wine
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 red chilies, finely sliced
  • 4 spring onions, mainly white parts, finely shredded
  • 3 tbsp peanut oil
  • pinch of white pepper
  • handful of coriander leaves used whole


  • If using dried mushrooms, soak in hot water for 45 minutes. Rinse and drain, then squeeze dry. Remove and discard stems and julienne the caps.
  • Carefully invert silken tofu from packet onto a plate and cut into 6 pieces or squares. Transfer each piece to a small dish for steaming.
  • Arrange some ginger evenly on top of silken tofu. Place some sliced shiitakes on top and around the base of the tofu. Pour over a little vegetable stock and then a little rice wine.
  • Insert a steaming rack (a round cake rack or similar will do) and add boiling water to just below the base of the rack. Place each small dish onto the stand (a bamboo steaming basket works too).
  • Cover with wok lid and gently steam over low-to-moderate heat for about 6 minutes.
  • Carefully remove dishes and pour over a little of the soy sauce and the sesame oil and sprinkle some chili and spring onion.
  • Add peanut oil to a small pot and heat until smoking.

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