Ever had a slice of vegan cheesecake? Chances are that it was made using silken tofu! Silken tofu is the softest type of tofu. It packs the highest water content, making it ideal for blending into dips, desserts and more. You can do so much with this tasty tofu—enjoy a silken tofu smoothie, vegan ranch dressing, or have a warm bowl of silken tofu soup!
There are many types of tofu. Super firm, extra firm, firm, soft, and one of our personal favorites—silken! If you’re wondering: what’s the difference between tofu and silken tofu? Here are the basics.
Silken tofu is the softest type of tofu. In fact it’s so soft it can easily be mashed or blended into a cream. It’s often used for puddings, custards, mouses, pies, smoothies, soups, and more. In Japan it’s often drizzled with a savory sauce and enjoyed plain—and it almost melts in your mouth.
Take a look at this article and video showing how tofu is made! Silken tofu is made similar to block tofu. All tofu starts with soybeans, which are blended into soy milk, but silken tofu is coagulated without curdling the milk. It’s also left unpressed, so every cake retains all of its moisture while cooling.
Most grocery stores carry shelf-stable silken tofu packaged in aseptic containers, and it’s typically located in a different area of the store than firm tofu. It may be in the Asian foods section of the store or by other baking ingredients.
Even silken tofu comes in different styles—there is soft, firm, extra-film silken tofu. And occasionally you can find silken tofu packaged in water in the refrigerated section with the other tofus. All varieties can be blended into creams and sauces, and act very similarly.
If you’ll be eating the silken tofu plain, opt for the extra firm so it can hold its shape a bit better. Otherwise, any of these will work for nearly any recipe that calls for silken tofu, including all the recipe below!
Our super silky lemon custard is tart, tangy, and has the perfect amount of sweetness. You’ll be hooked after a single spoonful. The texture is lovely, light, and creamy––absolutely perfect for prepping the night before a party. This protein packed treat is healthy, delicious, and with requires no baking! What more could you ask for in a delightful dessert?
One of the easiest and yummiest silken tofu recipes you could ever make, this peanut butter chocolate pudding will have your taste buds dancing and your heart singing. Made with only five ingredients, this delicious dairy-free dessert will come together in a matter of minutes!
It’s hard to beat this amazingly creamy vegan dessert recipe for silken tofu chocolate mousse by Nutriciously. Filled with protein and antioxidants, this dessert only takes a few minutes to make but will win over hungry hearts and tofu skeptics alike.
We have a fantastic vegan creme brulee recipe made with coconut milk, but you can also make it from silken tofu! This silken tofu recipe from Veggiekins is pure joy. Along with tofu, this vegan crème brûlée is made from ingredients such as cashew butter, vanilla extract, and is completely dairy-free and gluten-free. It’s also quite easy to make and comes together in just a few minutes. Don’t have a butane torch to caramelize the sugar? Just pop in the oven!
A recipe with amazing flavor and texture that’s beautiful to boot, this butternut squash puff pastry dish by Lovely Jubley is great for a snack, breakfast, or even dessert! Made with tofu ricotta and roasted butternut squash, this may quickly become one of your favorite things to make, especially around the holidays.
Sweet, slightly tart, and oh-so comforting, this vegan chocolate cherry cheesecake recipe from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen comes together quickly and will last throughout the week! This is also a gluten-free vegan dessert thanks to the flourless crust made from dates, walnuts, cocoa powder, and sea salt! Top off with some vegan whipped cream and thank us later.
There’s nothing like a little tiramisu to end your day on a high note. This deliciously decadent no-bake recipe from Rainbow Nourishments calls for firm silken tofu (which you can get through brands such as Mori-Nu) and only a handful of other ingredients such as strong coffee, canned coconut milk, and vegan cookies. You’ll love how easy it is to make this amazing vegan dessert at home!
Say what?! Vegan cannoli dip?! Why, yes! This amazingly sweet and simple recipe from Veggie Fun Kitchen is an amazing dairy-free and gluten-free treat that will have you dreaming of it for days to come. Made from silken tofu, cashews, and other sweet and creamy ingredients, this awesome silken tofu dessert takes just a few minutes to bring to life.
What’s better than regular vegan cheesecake? Why, this vegan double layer pumpkin cheesecake by Plant Based RD! Using silken tofu, rolled oats, pumpkin puree, and more, this decadent silken tofu dessert will lift your spirits and impress your loved ones while showing them that tofu is one awesome ingredient!
This traditional Jewish recipe is typically made with lots of dairy but this vegan version calls for silken tofu along with other dairy-free ingredients instead. Your loved ones will never be able to tell that silken tofu is the secret ingredient here!
What’s tangy and sweet and needs silken tofu to be complete? This vegan key lime pie recipe from This Healthy Kitchen! Made with silken tofu, cashews, avocado, lime juice, and sugar, this pie comes together in just a few minutes but is recommended to freeze for at least four hours before serving.
Silken tofu can be blended into the creamiest sauce—and you’d never guess this sweet spiced cream sauce is made from tofu! This caramelized banana recipe with cream sauce is called “Banana Bliss” for a reason. It’s delightful, and surprisingly simple to make!
Made from silken tofu, cashews, buffalo sauce, and just a few other simple ingredients, this buffalo queso is a most delicious and easy silken tofu recipe. Enjoy on a sandwich, make a vegan mac and cheese, or just devour on its own!
Plan to have your tastebuds blown away by this velvety smooth pasta recipe! The combination of an egg-y cream sauce (without eggs or dairy) with the crispy crunch of coconut bacon is out of this world. This Carbonara dish can be a simple, satisfying meal or made special for a heavenly date night experience. Quick to make and pretty much foolproof, it’s one of our favorite go-to dinner recipes.
This comforting and nutritious miso soup from Happy Kitchen will warm your heart and soul with ingredients such as silken tofu, mushrooms, seaweed, and scallions. Have it alongside other tofu dishes or as a main course served with rice or noodles!
This incredible silken tofu recipe for cheesy vegan crab dip by From My Bowl truly has it all: texture, flavor, and zero animal products! Cashews, oyster mushrooms, nutritional yeast, and more combine to make an incredibly unique and delicious vegan crab dip that you won’t be able to stop dreaming of.
Inspired by Liangban Tofu (aka spicy cold tofu), this silken tofu recipe by The Viet Vegan is refreshing, delicious, and super quick to make. Want to make more of a meal? Just serve alongside a bowl of rice, cucumber salad, or noodles!
Ever crave a vegan version of those egg sandwiches from when you were a kid? Well luckily this amazing recipe using silken tofu from Vegan Punks will hit the spot! Made with both firm and silken tofu along with a variety of other tasty ingredients, this egg-free sandwich comes together in just a few minutes.
Super simple and simply delicious, this vegan fried rice recipe from My Goodness Kitchen is a quick and efficient meal for any time throughout the week! For an eggy texture, kala namak is recommended to add to the tofu but is absolutely not necessary. Naturally gluten-free, this recipe is also an excellent go-to for serving large groups of people!
Whether you’re throwing a party or just love a good spread, this spinach artichoke dip from Sweet Simple Vegan is the answer to your dip dreams. Silken tofu, vegan cream cheese, and other flavorful ingredients come together to make a deliciously dairy-free and creamy masterpiece.
Vegan soft boiled eggs?! Why, yes! This incredible recipe from Hot for Food features a way to turn silken tofu into a super realistic vegan egg to enjoy with a fully flavorful grain bowl.
Creamy, tangy, and 100% tasty, this vegan ranch dressing from Connoisseurus Veg is great for pouring onto any salad, dipping fries into, or pouring onto a colorful wrap. You may never want to buy pre-made vegan dressing from the store again!
Great for spreading onto a falafel sandwich or dipping your favorite veggies into, this vegan tzatziki sauce recipe from Running on Real Food is creamy, comforting, and just what you need to take your lunch game to the next level. Made from silken tofu, grated cucumber, and a variety of herbs, it’ll come together in just a few minutes and last for up to five days in the refrigerator!
This oil-free vegan macaroni salad from Vegan Yack Attack uses silken tofu as the base for a super tasty vegan mayo! Along with cashews, white vinegar, agave, and salt, you’ll have an amazing vegan mayo recipe to smother over cooked macaroni and quintessential mac salad ingredients such as chopped red onion and red bell pepper.
Perfect for a cozy night in, this dynamic vegan garlic pasta by Delightful Adventures uses silken tofu as the secret ingredient for a perfectly creamy garlic sauce. Super easy to make and so ridiculously satisfying, you’ll have a delicious dinner to enjoy in just about 20 minutes.
This beautiful vegan quiche recipe by A Virtual Vegan makes a bangin’ breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Using silken tofu, nutritional yeast, and vegan cheese, this dish can easily be adapted to fit your culinary desires with additional veggies such as asparagus, spinach, or peppers!
We hope this roundup of silken tofu recipes gives you some serious motivation to get out there and give some new dishes a try! Be sure to let us know below what you decide to fill your belly with and happy cooking!
Last, but not least, try something utterly new and exciting with silken tofu—a Silken Tofu Smoothie! This smoothie is not only high in protein, but super creamy and tastes like a cherry vanilla cupcake. Yum!
There is no limit to what you can cook up with tofu. Here are some of our other favorite recipes using firm, extra-firm, and super-firm tofu. Enjoy!