Red Lentil Tofu

Discover a delightful twist on a plant-based favorite with our easy red lentil tofu recipe. Packed with protein and simple to make, this tofu will become a staple in your kitchen!
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Red lentil tofu served on a dinner dish with rice and vegetables.
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Are you brand new to red lentil tofu? Well, you’re in for a treat! This is a fantastic, protein-packed alternative to traditional tofu. It’s made with simple ingredients, easy to prepare, and perfect for those looking to add more plant-based options to their diet. Making red lentil tofu at home is straightforward, rewarding, and incredibly yummy.

This recipe not only saves you money but also allows you to customize the flavor and texture to your liking. You’ll love how versatile lentil tofu is, fitting seamlessly into a variety of dishes from stir-fries (such as this luscious peanut stir-fry) to salads.

Let’s get started and discover how this nutrient-dense and tantalizing, soy-free tofu can become a staple in your kitchen!

A bowl of cubed red lentil tofu.

Why You’ll Love this Lentil Tofu

Red lentil tofu is a game-changer in the kitchen. It’s packed with nutrients, simple to make, and versatile enough for any meal. Here are the main reasons why this tasty tofu alternative is a must-have recipe in your kitchen:

  • Nutritious and Protein-Rich. It’s packed with protein, making it a great addition to your diet. It’s also got a great dose of fiber.
  • Easy to Make. You only need a few ingredients and some basic kitchen tools to make this soy-free tofu. The process is straightforward and doesn’t take much time.
  • Versatile. You can use this tofu in a variety of dishes, from stir-fries to salads. Its mild flavor makes it a perfect canvas for your favorite spices and sauces.
  • Budget-Friendly. Red lentils are affordable and widely available. Making your own tofu at home can save you money compared to buying store-bought tofu.
  • Allergy-Friendly. Red lentil tofu is a great alternative for those who are allergic to soy. It’s also naturally gluten-free and suitable for many dietary needs. (If you’re looking for more soy-free recipes, we’ve got you covered!)
  • Great Texture. Homemade red lentil tofu has a firm outside yet creamy texture inside that holds up well in cooking. It adds a satisfying bite to any meal.
  • Fun to Customize. You can easily tweak the recipe to add different flavors and textures. Experiment with spices, herbs, marinades (such as this garlic ginger asian marinade), and other ingredients to create your unique lentil tofu masterpiece.
Red lentil tofu cubes on a salad.

Key Ingredients and Substitutions

Making lentil tofu is simple when you have the right ingredients. Even if you need (or want!) to make a few substitutions, you can still create a delicious and nutritious dish. Let’s explore the key ingredients and some great alternatives:

Ingredients for red lentil tofu with labels including water, red lentils, and salt.
  • Red Lentils: These are the star of this recipe, providing a rich source of protein and a great texture. It’s possible to use yellow lentils if red lentils are not available. They have a similar taste and texture, but be aware that they don’t soften as easily as red lentils. The texture might be slightly different.
  • Water: Boiling water is essential for soaking the lentils and blending them into a smooth mixture. Vegetable broth can be used for extra flavor. Just be mindful of the added salt content, unless you’re using your own homemade vegan broth that is free of salt.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the flavor of the tofu. You can use sea salt, kosher salt, or even a low-sodium salt substitute if you’re watching your sodium intake.
  • Spices and Seasonings (Optional): Adding spices like turmeric, garlic powder, or black pepper can elevate the flavor of your tofu. Feel free to experiment with your favorite herbs and spices, such as paprika (smoked or sweet), cumin, vegan oyster sauce, or nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to Make This Red Lentil Tofu

Making homemade lentil tofu is easier than you might think, and it’s a great plant-based protein option. With just a few simple steps, you’ll create a tasty and versatile tofu that will totally level up your everyday dishes.

Red lentils and water in a blender.

Step 1: Add the boiling water, lentils, and salt into a blender. Let the red lentils soak in the boiling water for 20 minutes.

Lentils and water pureed in a blender.

After soaking, blend everything until the mixture is smooth and well combined.

Red lentil tofu batter in a Dutch oven.

Step 2: Pour the mixture into a large saucepan and heat it over medium-high.

Red lentil tofu batter being prepped in a pot.

Stir constantly for about five minutes until it solidifies.

Red lentil tofu batter in a pan.

Step 3: Once it thickens, transfer it to a rectangular or square dish.

Red lentil tofu batter chilled in a pan.

Let it set in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to cool.

Red lentil tofu cubes on a tabletop.

Step 4: Cut the tofu into desired portions (cubes or slices work well), season (or marinate), and then cook. You can air fry the portions at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Red lentil tofu cubes on a baking sheet.

Alternatively, you bake it at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

Baked red lentil tofu cubes on a baking sheet.

Look for that golden brown color!

Red lentil tofu cubes in a salad with avocado.

Serve and enjoy!

Storing Leftovers

It’s super easy to store any lentil tofu leftovers. Place any remaining tofu slices or cubes into an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 5-7 days.

A colorful salad with red lentil tofu cubes.

Lentil Tofu FAQs

Can you freeze this lentil tofu?

Yes! Once the tofu is completely set and cool, wrap the tofu well in plastic wrap or freezer paper and place in a sealed container. It should last up to 3 months in the freezer. Allow to thaw in the fridge before using.

How long does red lentil tofu keep in the fridge?

These red lentil tofu bites will last about a week in the fridge. After that length of time, you should make a new batch.

Can I use green or brown lentils instead of red lentils in this recipe?

You should try to use split red lentils for this recipe. Red lentils have a much quicker cooking time and this type of legume softens more easily. A possible substitution is yellow lentils. Though, red lentils give the best results.

If you make this tofu with red lentils recipe, please leave a star rating and let me know what you think in the comments below! I love reading your comments! 

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Red Lentil Tofu (Fast + Easy)

4.84 from 6 votes
This lentil tofu is the perfect way to add some extra protein to a salad, sandwich, burrito, and more! Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s soy-free and easy to make. These crispy, chewy bites are the perfect canvas to season however you like!
A bowl of red lentil tofu cubes in a white bowl.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people


  • cups boiling water
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Add the boiling water, lentils, and salt to a blender. Soak the red lentils in the boiling water for 20 minutes. When they’re done soaking, blend the mixture until completely smooth and combined. 
  • Pour the mixture into a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir continuously for about five minutes or until the lentil mixture solidifies.
  • After it’s thickened, transfer the mixture into a rectangular or square-shaped dish. Allow it to set up in the fridge for half an hour to an hour.


  • To cook the lentil tofu, cut it into cubes or slices and coat it lightly with oil. Then, either air fry it at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or bake it at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • There are two ways to add seasoning to the lentil tofu. Spices and flavorings can be added while being cooked in the pan, prior to setting. Or it can be marinated after it’s set, but before baking or air frying it.


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 1.168mg | Potassium: 860mg | Fiber: 27g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 7mg
Course — Lunch or Dinner, Main, Snack
Cuisine — American
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  1. 5 stars
    So much fun! I can’t believe you can make tofu out of lentils. I loved how this recipe came out and I’m off to the store to buy more red lentils ❤️

  2. 5 stars
    such a great way to get in extra protein!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve always wanted to try red lentil tofu! This is the perfect tofu alternative for someone with a soy allergy.

  4. 4 stars
    Love tofu, but this is a great protein packed tofu alternative. Very clever.

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