Best Tofu Scramble Recipes

Tofu scramble is a popular quick and easy scrambled egg substitute for vegetarians and vegans. Most vegetarian restaurants and many breakfast and brunch places serve up some version of this dish, but it's simple and easy enough to make at home with little more than tofu, a few veggies, a skillet and some seasonings.​

Here are a few of the best recipes to start out with, though you'll soon probably find that once you get the hang of it, you don't really need a recipe at all. 

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    Quick and easy tofu scramble
    Tofu scramble with salsa photo by Harald Walker / Getty Images

    If you're short on time but want a hot breakfast, tofu scramble is always quicker than pancakes or even French toast, but this tofu scramble recipe is even quicker. Instead of chopping garlic and tomatoes to add to the scramble, this recipe just uses prepared store-bought salsa. Why not? Wrap it up in a flour tortilla and you've got a scrambled breakfast burrito you can eat on the run.

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    Tofu scramble with mushrooms by Jason Lugo / Getty Images.

    Need an early morning eye-opener? This vegetarian and vegan recipe for spicy tofu scramble with cayenne pepper ought to do the trick. Mince some fresh jalapeno peppers to add to the mix if it's not enough, or add a few canned ones right on in. Omit the soy sauce if you need it to be gluten-free.

  • 03 of 10

    Try this scrambled tofu recipe made with a vegetarian bacon substitute and tofu tinted yellow with nutritional yeast for an all-American diner-style breakfast. Tofu bacon and eggs!

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    Tofu scramble with vegetables
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    This tofu scramble recipe has plenty of vegetables - mushrooms, tomatoes, and spinach. One reviewer suggested adding a bit more soy sauce to the mix to make it a bit saltier, but a sprinkle of salt and pepper just before eating would also enhance the flavors nicely.

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    This is a good start for a basic recipe for homemade tofu scramble. Obviously, you can personalize it any way you choose, with extra veggies, extra spices, a topping of hot sauce or by wrapping it in a tortilla for a breakfast burrito. It's made with green bell peppers and seasoned with soy sauce, and the lovely yellow color comes from a bit of nutritional yeast and turmeric. A bit of white pepper and some browned mushrooms always go well with tofu scramble, if you're looking to vary it...MORE a bit.

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    If you're not eating fully vegan yet, then adding a bit of shredded cheese to your tofu scramble can help you transition away from dairy cravings and towards a healthier whole foods vegan diet. Or, if you are eating vegan, try this basic scrambled tofu recipe with vegan cheese. It's made with green scallions and tomatoes and seasoned with onion and garlic powder. I paired this homemade scramble with a corn tortilla and ate it out of a bowl Yum!

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    Curry powder, turmeric and a bit of cumin powder enliven this veggie and tofu scramble, and it's one of the most popular recipes on About.com! Several people have given it a five-star review, so if you're a bit hesitant to try a new scrambled tofu, this is one that everyone seems to enjoy.

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    Video: How to make tofu scramble

    Making tofu scramble is very simple, but if you've never tried it before, it wouldn't hurt to watch this quick video to see how it's done. No matter which recipe you use, the technique is always the same. The simple scrambled tofu recipe demonstrated in the video uses bell pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.

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    Another simple tofu scramble recipe, this one without any veggies, but with the addition of cumin, paprika, and turmeric, and garnished with fresh dill or cilantro. Add in some chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, or any other veggies you have on hand. This scrambled tofu is also gluten-free, as many of them are. Just watch out for additives in your spices.

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    100s of vegetarian breakfast ideas

    Not sure about tofu scramble? Browse through hundreds of vegetarian and vegan breakfast ideas, including breakfast casseroles, breakfast burritos, baked breads, muffins, pancakes, and even a few breakfast pizza ideas. For a sample, try this wholesome and fat-free orange banana breakfast couscous, pictured.