Tofu scramble

Tofu Scramble

When I first became vegan, one of the things I really thought I would miss was scrambled eggs – eggs in general in fact. I have to admit when I first saw that you could scramble tofu, I wasn’t overly excited. Tofu? For Breakfast? Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love tofu, but I wasn’t sure it would be a decent replacement for one of my favourite breakfasts.

How wrong you can be! It turned out that tofu scramble is one of the tastiest, most delicious meals I have even eaten and has fast become one of my favourite things to eat (I could eat it every day). It is easy to make, cheap, nutritious, high protein and low-fat, and it tastes amazing – what more could you ask for?!

Some exciting new ingredients

If you are new to veganism you may need to source some new unusual ingredients to really make this dish work, but your local health food shop should stock them, or you can find them online. The first is nutritional yeast. These are dried yeast flakes that have a slightly nutty, cheesy flavour and I honestly can’t remember how I used to cook before I discovered them!
The other is Kala Namak or ‘Black Salt’. Actually, pink once ground down, it is a type of rock salt used in South Asia and due to its high sulphur content, it gives an ‘eggy’ taste to dishes and is perfect accompaniment to tofu for egg style dishes.

A few words on quantities

It is difficult to make just enough seasoning for one serving and I find it easier to make up quite a bit, so you don’t have to make it from scratch every time. So this recipe makes enough for 12 servings, just store in a small air tight jar and it will be ready for next time! You can use any quick cooking veggies you have around, but this is the combination I have found works best. Enjoy!

Tofu Scramble

Tofu scramble with vegetables on toast.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfasts
Cuisine: English, Vegan
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients

Tofu Seasoning (makes 12 servings)

  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 0.5 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion granules
  • 0.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp vegan bouillon (powder)
  • 5 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp kala namak (black salt)

Tofu Scramble (makes 2 servings)

  • 2 tsp tofu seasoning (see above)
  • 200 grams firm tofu
  • 4 spring onions sliced
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 2 blocks spinach defrosted from frozen, or a handful of fresh spinach leaves
  • 0.5 medium courgette diced
  • 0.5 red pepper diced
  • 100 grams mushrooms diced
  • 0.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 slices wholemeal toast to serve
  • 2 tbsp parsley fresh or 1 tsp dried

Instructions

  • Don't drain or press the tofu. Slice thinly, place in a bowl and cover with 2 tsp of tofu seasoning. Mix to coat all of the tofu and break up the slices into smaller chunks. We found this gives a better final texture than just crumbling it.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the onion, tomatoes, red pepper, courgette (zucchini) and mushrooms and sauté gently until soft (about 5 - 10mins depending on veg used).
  • Add the seasoned tofu to the pan and stir gently to mix and coat the vegetables in the seasoning as well. Cook on a gentle heat for 3 - 5 minutes until the tofu is warmed through. Stir in the parsley, then serve on toast.
    Tofu scramble

Notes

This recipe works really well with the addition of our seitan bacon, sliced thin and lightly fried. You can use any combination of quick cooking vegetables for this, or it works on its own as well. Try adding as a filling to a wrap instead of serving on toast, or as part of a vegan full English breakfast - heavenly! 
 

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