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Quick 10-Minute Silken Tofu Scramble

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Ready to learn how to make silken tofu scramble in 10 minutes?

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Not a fan of rubbery tofu? Scrambled silken tofu is the way to go.

This easy tofu scramble is a quick recipe, you can use up leftover cooked veggies AND each serving of the tofu egg scramble recipe has 35% of your daily protein intake and 22% of iron (more if you add spinach or greens).

Here’s what you’ll need to make the silken tofu scramble:

Nonstick skillet

I recommend this naturally nonstick enamelled cast iron skillet from Le Creuset for making your silken tofu scrambled eggs.

Have you ever had the disgusting experience of finding flakes of black in your food that came off your nonstick pan?

After having this happen to me one too many times, I decided to stop eating my cookware, and invested in new pots and pans made of cast iron and stainless steel. Problem solved!

With regular cast iron, you need to use them for awhile to build up a nonstick coating, but the Le Creuset enamelled cast iron range is enamelled so it is nonstick right out of the box. Plus they come in a fun range of colours!

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Kala namak (black salt)

Kala namak, or black salt (which is not black but pink), is popular in South Asian cuisine. If you’ve ever had the joy of eating chaat masala, a popular Indian spice blend often sprinkled on top of snacks like chana chaat, you’ll have noticed the eggy smell and flavour. That comes from kala namak. 

It’s got a sulphurous scent and taste, which makes it popular in vegan cooking for replacing the taste of eggs.

It’s a must-have for your silken tofu eggs!

You can find it in an Indian supermarket, or online if you don’t have one nearby.

The soft silken tofu scramble is also delicious (though less eggy) without.

Vegan menemen, a vegan version of Turkish scrambled eggs with tofu

Silken tofu

In my opinion, the best vegan tofu scramble is made with silken, rather than extra firm tofu (you can see the types of tofu here).

For years, I thought I wasn’t a very big fan of scrambled tofu. Then, I came across a recipe for vegan menemen on Serious Eats using silken tofu and I discovered I love soft tofu scramble. It’s just the rubbery texture of firm tofu scramble I’m not a fan of!

If you also find yourself shying away from every vegan scrambled eggs recipe you come across because you hated the texture of a restaurant’s tofu scramble eggs you tried once, give this simple tofu scramble made with silken tofu a try!

You can find silken tofu in most big supermarkets. It may be in the Japanese or Chinese cooking section, or it might be in the fridge with the other tofu.

You can also order it online. I recommend Thrive Market if you order lots of vegan ingredients online. It offers 25-50% off retail prices, and while you have to pay a membership fee if can save you money if you order a lot online. They also have a 30-day free trial.

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Equipment you’ll need

You’ll need a good quality skillet to make this vegan tofu scramble recipe.

As mentioned before, I recommend the classic Le Creuset enamelled cast iron skillet.

If you have a nonstick skillet or frying pan in your kitchen, you can use that. I’ve also had success making it in a nonstick carbon steel wok!

Apart from the skillet, you just need a chopping board and knife.

Ingredients you’ll need

Of course, you’ll need silken tofu for this quick tofu scramble. As mentioned above, you’ll need kala namak to achieve an eggy flavour (find it in your nearest Indian supermarket or online). If you want to give this basic tofu scramble a yellow colour like scrambled eggs, you’ll also need a little bit of turmeric.

I always use onions and garlic but apart from those, I vary the veggies based on whatever I have in the kitchen. Use whatever vegetables you want! Tomatoes, carrots, zucchini/courgette and bell peppers go especially well, in my opinion.

If I have any parsley growing in my herb garden, I also like to sprinkle that on top, but it’s optional.

Silken Tofu Scramble

FAQ

Can silken tofu be scrambled?

Yes! In fact, as far as things go with scrambled tofu, silken makes the best scramble in my opinion (compared to extra-firm tofu).

So for my tofu scramble breakfast, I always use silken!

Whats the difference between regular tofu and silken tofu?

It has to do with the water content and the texture. For an overview of the types of tofu, see Tofupedia here.

What is the best way to make tofu taste like scrambled eggs?

The secret to vegan tofu scramble recipes is kala namak! This salt has a sulphurous taste, so it’s great for a vegan scrambled egg recipe where you want to mimic the taste of eggs.

If you look at a few recipes for tofu scramble, nutritional yeast might make an appearance. I love nutritional yeast; this star vegan ingredient is perfect for making vegan cheesy sauces and cashew cheese or just sprinkling on popcorn. However it’s not eggy (to me) so I’m not sure why it features in so many a scrambled tofu eggs recipe. I’d only use it in my tofu scramble if I wanted a cheesy version.

On the other hand, when it comes to tofu scramble, black salt is indispensable to the eggy taste, so don’t skip it if you want an eggy flavour!

Now, onto my recipe for the easiest and best tofu scramble recipe! (In my humble opinion.)

recipe

This tofu scramble takes just 10 minutes to make! Use up your leftover veggies and make this quick silken rainbow tofu scramble!

Silken Tofu Scramble

Caitlin Galer-Unti
A quick vegan silken tofu scramble
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 2
Calories 251 kcal

Equipment

  • Nonstick skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil approximately, optional
  • 1 onion chopped
  • Handful carrot peeled and chopped, optional
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tomato chopped, optional
  • 1/4 tsp kala namak
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 package silken tofu approximately 350g
  • Cooked leftover veggies

Instructions
 

  • Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of your skillet (or you can leave out oil if using nonstick). Saute onion and carrot (if using) in the olive oil in a frying pan until the carrots start to soften and onion begins to turn translucent.
  • Add the garlic and saute until it begins to brown slightly.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, black salt and turmeric and cook until the tomatoes have softened and released their juices.
  • Open the tofu and drain off any water. Then, crumble it into the frying pan and stir to mix with the other ingredients.
  • Add any leftover veggies and mix everything together. Season to taste with salt and pepper and cook another minute or two, until the veggies and tofu are hot. Add more black salt if you want a stronger eggy flavour.

Notes

You'll need a good quality skillet. I recommend the Le Creuset enamelled cast iron non-stick skillet.
You can find black salt (kala namak)in Indian supermarkets or you can easily buy it online here.
Stores and reheats well, so store any leftovers in Tupperware and reheat before serving. I often double the recipe and make enough for breakfast for a few days.
You can use whatever leftover veggies you have around that you'd like in your scramble. I have used leftover cooked bell peppers, aubergine/eggplant, courgette/zucchini.
Keyword quick, silken tofu, tofu, tofu scramble, vegan

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This tofu scramble takes just 10 minutes to make! Use up your leftover veggies and make this quick silken rainbow tofu scramble!

Looking for more cooking inspiration? Check out all my vegan breakfast recipes here and my recipes here.

I also use silken tofu for my vegan menemen scramble, and I use a vegan egg substitute in a different way in these pasteis de nata (Portugese egg custard tarts). I also put vegan egg to use in this homemade vegan egg pasta.

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1 thought on “Quick 10-Minute Silken Tofu Scramble”

  1. ahhh I think I need to try this with the silken tofu! Great idea… And I have the Blue Dragon brand at my closest supermarket, lucky me :) Thanks for sharing!!

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