Ever wanted to know how to make the perfect Silken Tofu Scramble? It's so easy that you'll want to make it every day of the week! This silken tofu scramble will come out perfectly every single time. (Pinky Promise!) We use Silken Tofu to make that lovely 'scrambled eggs' texture, just like the scramble you remember from lovely posh breakfast joints, but better!
We often ignore silken tofu in favour of using firm tofu to make crispy tofu or tofu steaks (Go check out the basics for how to do that here... ) but, it's time to take it to the next level of tofu lover find out how to make a tofu scramble using silken tofu!
Silken Tofu makes a great scramble and is super easy to whip up. Its soft texture perfectly mimics that of gently scrambled eggs, and as it takes on flavours so readily, you can easily change the flavours to suit your breakfasting, lunching or dinner dreams.
You can purchase silken tofu in handy tetra packs that keep for ages in the cupboard. Pretty much any tetra (long life) pack of tofu is silken/smooth, so don't be put off if they say 'firm'- they're really not!
You can also purchase fresh silken tofu from good markets. If you're really lucky you might find some freshly made silken tofu. But for our purposes of an everyday breakfast, the kind in longlife/tetra packs is perfect. If you want delicious ideas for recipes with silken tofu, check out this round up of recipes from desserts and breakfasts to South-East Asian food!
Apart from the silken tofu, you'll need a few key spices, then you can mix and match your other ingredients as you like! I love to add lots of veggies to my tofu scramble, but you can have yours plain if you like!
- Turmeric- This gives a lovely yellow colour and a hint of warming flavour.
- Kala Namek (Indian Black Salt) - Indian black salt has a sulfurous flavour that adds an 'eggy' dimension. Use it sparingly!
- Nutritional Yeast- For a savoury cheesy flavour that really works well with the scramble.
- Smoked Paprika- optional, but I like to add a bit. It's my favourite spice!
- Your choice of veggies- I like spring onion, tomatoes, peppers and parsley, but you can use your favourite, or just leave it plain!
It's super easy to decide how much tofu you need per person. Around 100g of tofu = 1 egg. Most of the packs of tofu I buy are around 400g total weight, so ¼ of a pack is around 1 egg. I tend to use half a pack per person. Just like a traditional scramble, scale the recipe up or down depending on how hungry you or the people you are cooking for are.
- Sautee any veggies you want to have with your tofu in a pan.
- Add the silken tofu directly to the pan
- Sprinkle over the spices (Turmeric, Kala Namak, Nutritional Yeast and Paprika)
- Smash the silken tofu with the back of your spoon. It will easily come apart.
- Cook for a bit to incorporate all the spices. The tofu should look like gently scrambled eggs.
- Serve over hot (vegan) buttered toast!
For a scramble you can crumble up some firm tofu. Add a tablespoon or so of plant milk to make it softer and more 'scrambly' and sautee as per the main instructions.
I think 200g of tofu per person is perfect for a hungry breakfast. If you're making this as part of a bigger brunch with other courses and additions, 100g per person would be fine.
I like to use up my open packet of tofu within 2 or 3 days.
You can make this scramble up and reheat it. It lasts for about 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
Below is the basic recipe for a yummy vegan (and EASY!) silken tofu scramble.
Perfect Silken Tofu Scramble
- 400 g tofu (firm or silken will work)
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon kala namak (indian black salt. This gives an 'eggy flavour. Use sparingly)
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
- 1 small pointy red pepper, chopped
- 2 spring onions
- 6 cherry tomatoes
- 2 tablespoon Fresh Herbs (such as parsley)
- 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- In a frying pan, heat up the oil. Sautee the peppers, spring onions and any other veggies.
- Pop the tofu into the pan and mash it up a bit with the back of your spoon.
- Add the spices (turmeric, kala namak, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika etc) and mix
- Gently cook for another minute until the tofu is heated through and mixed. It should look like posh scrambled eggs.
- To serve, mix in the fresh herbs and add salt & pepper to taste.