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Simple Tofu Vegan Scramble Recipe
Tofu scramble, one of the most delicious vegan breakfasts ever! This recipe is extra ‘eggy’, although you won’t find any eggs here.
You’ll want some extra-firm tofu for this recipe (rather than the soft tofu). And if you don’t want watery eggs, you can use a tofu press, as many restaurants do.
The veggies in the recipe are optional because you may want a very simple tofu scramble.
This recipe serves 4 people.
Ingredients for Simple Tofu Scramble
- One 14oz package of tofu, extra firm
- 1 ½ tbsp vegan butter (or standard butter, if you’re not vegan), or olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced (optional)
- ½ a green pepper or jalapeño, diced (optional)
- 1 medium tomato, diced (optional)
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast*
- 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
- ½ tsp smoked paprika (if you don’t have smoked, standard paprika works too)
- 1 scant tsp Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp black salt**
- 1 tsp dehydrated onion flakes, or ¼ tsp onion powder
- 1/3 cup plant-based milk of your choice (soy, oat: use something light)
*Nutritional yeast is a kind of deactivated yeast (so it won’t make bread rise) that gives a cheesy flavor to dishes. Some brands are fortified with B vitamins, so if you are vegan, prioritize those, as B vitamins are most commonly found in animal products.
**Black salt is the secret ingredient for your tofu scramble to taste extra ‘eggy’! Also called Kala Namak (‘black salt’ in Hindi), or Himalayan black salt, you can find it in most health food stores, or on Amazon.
Optional serving ingredients
- Chopped fresh tomatoes, or sundried tomatoes
- Plant-based sour cream, with or without fresh chives
- Slices of avocado
- Hot sauce
- Slices of toast
If using a tofu press, press your tofu first. If not, put the tofu into a small bowl and mash it gently with a fork. Be sure not to mash it too much, because you want a variety of different sizes of tofu pieces for your scramble.
In a separate bowl, add the spices and make a sauce by whisking with the plant-based milk.
Heat your (vegan) butter in a skillet till hot. Brown the tofu pieces, stirring them gently so that they don’t break up into smaller pieces.
Fold in your sauce and cook till your scramble is as dry or wet as you like (the tofu will absorb the sauce while cooking).
Top with extra serving ingredients of your choice, and dig in!
Simple Tofu Scramble FAQs
Do I have to use Himalayan black salt?
Definitely not! You can use sea salt, or any flavored salt that you like. The beautiful thing though about black salt is that it really does taste and smell like eggs. Try some and see!
What other veggies can I use in my tofu scramble?
You can use just about any veggies you’ve got in the fridge that fry up quickly: in addition to peppers, onions, and tomatoes, you could try asparagus tips, pieces of artichoke heart, baby spinach, or kale.
What other kinds of milk can I use?
Coconut milk, if you like the flavor, works well.
Nut milk like almond or hazelnut is delicious as well if you prefer a sweeter scramble. Make sure you opt for nut milk with no sugar added.
Any ideas for tofu scramble leftovers?
Yes! Make yourself an ‘egg salad’ sandwich. Delicious!
How long will tofu scramble last?
Any leftover tofu scramble will last for up to 3 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
You can freeze tofu scramble for up to 5 months in the freezer. Just be aware that although your scramble will still taste great, the texture will change. Tofu softens and becomes chewier when frozen – which you may prefer, so you could freeze your tofu before preparing this recipe. Experiment and see what you like.
Do I have to use oil or butter?
If you prefer not to use oil or butter, you can use a bit of vegetable broth (or even water) to fry your tofu.
What can I serve with tofu scramble?
Lots of different foods go great with tofu scramble, such as:
- Vegan sausages
- Vegan bacon
- Hash browns
- Fried veggies, or a ratatouille
- Vegan pancakes
- Fried potatoes
Where else can I use black salt?
Black salt goes well with:
- Deviled ‘eggs’ and other vegan egg dishes
Note: Black salt is potent, so start with a ¼ tsp in recipes first. If you like it, you can always add more.
Once you’ve made this simple tofu vegan scramble recipe, you’ll have a new breakfast favorite for sure.
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