Tofu Ground “Beef”

Tofu is really inexpensive and a high protein meat alternate. You can buy a 420g package at No Frills for $1.97. Many people claim to dislike it, but perhaps they haven’t had it prepared in a creative and tasty way. When eaten raw with no seasoning, I agree, it is not that appetizing! I gave up meat almost a year ago and regularly make a batch of this ground beef substitute and keep it in the freezer. I then use it whenever I’m making Tacos, Spaghetti, Shepherds Pie – anything that would usually call for beef. My daughter’s boyfriend reluctantly tried a piece and said “I would never have thought tofu would taste that good”!

Here is the recipe:


1 package extra-firm tofu (420g)

6 Tbsp soya sauce

1 Tbsp almond or peanut butter

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp chili powder

1 Tbsp olive oil (or oil of your choice)



Preheat oven to 400°. Mix everything but tofu and oil in a small bowl until smooth and completely combined Set aside.

Wrap block of tofu in several layers of paper towel and set on a plate. Set another plate on top of the tofu and then place something heavy on top. Let sit for at least half an hour to extract as much liquid as possible from the tofu.

Drain liquid and then crumble tofu into a medium sized bowl. Pour soya sauce mixture into tofu and fold gently until combined. Grease a large baking sheet with the oil and spread tofu evenly across. Leave enough space between pieces to ensure even cooking. Cook in oven for 20 minutes, then stir, spread evenly again and cook for another 20-25 minutes. Use in your favourite recipe that calls for ground beef. Freezes well.


Recipe adapted from glowkitchen.Com

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