Not all vegans eat the same things, but just like everybody else, we’ve got our own common meat and potatoes items. One thing that eventually winds up on a vegan’s plate is tofu scramble (or scrambled tofu, depending upon your preference), and we vegans are known for making it a variety of ways. Even my husband and I make it two different ways, but I’ll share my preferred method here.
Since I don’t follow a recipe when I make Tofu Scramble, this recipe is only an approximation, and should be used more as a rough guide (although feel free to follow exactly, too).
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2-4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 package extra firm tofu, drained
- 2 teaspoons chicken or beef style seasoning I use McKay’s
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon spice blend of your choice I use McCormick’s Smoky Sweet Pepper Blend
Chop up a medium to large onion.
After slicing off the ends of the cloves of garlic, slice down the middle and remove the center stem. This part can taste a little bitter, so it is sometimes best to remove it, although it’s no problem if you leave it in. Chop the garlic.
Heat the oil in a large skillet, and add the onion and garlic and saute over medium heat.
One package of tofu should suffice for two people, but if you are feeding more people you can do more (and you may want to increase the other ingredients as well to make sure the dish is still full of flavor).
Once the onions and garlic have sauteed for a few minutes, push them to one side of the pan and then add the block of tofu to the bare side of the pan.
Grab a potato masher and begin mashing the tofu starting on one edge and working your way through the entire block.
Before you incorporate the onions and garlic with the mashed tofu, first add the spices to the tofu. I usually start off with the chicken or beef style seasoning.
Then the nutritional yeast – you can add more or less depending upon your preference; not everyone likes nutritional yeast.
Finally I just sprinkle the pepper spice until I think I’ve added enough.
Mix everything together now and let it saute without stirring for a couple of minutes.
After a couple of minutes, the tofu should start browning.
It’s up to you how long you let it brown. I usually stir, then let it sit for a couple of minutes, stir again and let it sit – I do this for probably up to six to eight minutes.
Once it’s done it will have a nice texture that reminds me a little bit of hearty scrambled eggs (sorry – not of the taste, though).
Aside for making it differently, my husband and I usually eat it two different ways, too. He normally eats his on toast with ketchup, vegenaise, and sometimes hot sauce.
I tend to have my tofu scramble on it’s own, and then a slice of toast and jam (in this case marmalade!).
Tofu scramble is such a versatile recipe. We sometimes make it with sliced mushrooms, green and/or black olives, and other spices. It’s great for breakfast burritos or pita sandwiches, too. Really, you can eat it much the same way as you would scrambled eggs. That’s kind of the point, I think, for vegans.
How do you make yours? And do you eat yours any differently than we do?