This tofu scramble with nutritional yeast recipe is a game-changer in terms of taste and convenience. It’s quick and easy to make, highly customizable and can easily be prepared ahead of time for a week of great breakfasts.
Nutritional yeast is essential to making a vegan breakfast scramble that looks and tastes more like eggs. Along with spices like turmeric and smoked paprika, the nutritional yeast in this recipe will leave your taste buds amazed that this is vegan!
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Is Tofu Scramble Vegan?
Most tofu scramble recipes are vegan without the need to adjust any of the ingredients. All that you need is a little creativity to spice the tofu and ensure the final scramble is as delicious as possible.
I like to start with a block of extra firm tofu since it has little water content. Less water means it cooks faster and has a texture similar to scrambled eggs. From there, we’ll look to spice the tofu (adding color and flavor) while adding vegetables for more nutrition and varied texture.
For spices, I love using nutritional yeast, garlic and onion, turmeric, and smoked paprika. These are all staples of my vegan tofu scramble and close to the way I used to season eggs.
For vegetables, I can’t get enough mushroom, onion and bell pepper. This simple 3-veggie blend always hits the spot and brings so much color and flavor to the recipe. You can use whichever veggies you like or what you have available.
Ingredients to Make Vegan Tofu Scramble with Veggies
There are so many ways to make a delicious and nutritious tofu scramble recipe! Feel free to customize your scramble or use my preferred ingredients.
Tofu Scramble Ingredients
- Tofu: Providing the bulk of the recipe, extra firm tofu effectively replaces eggs for a high-protein breakfast scramble. You could also use silken, medium or firm tofu if that’s what you typically buy, but the scramble will have a softer texture and needs to be cooked for longer.
- Nutritional yeast: A staple in any vegan kitchen, nutritional yeast offers a slightly cheesy flavor to the tofu and brings a yellow color which helps tofu look more like eggs. As its name implies, it’s also packed with nutrition, including B vitamins which can be harder to get in a vegan diet.
- Garlic and onion powder: For an extra boost of flavor, garlic and onion powder are the perfect combination. You can use fresh garlic and onion if you prefer.
- Turmeric: For even more yellow color that helps tofu resemble eggs, turmeric is a great addition. It’s a delicious antioxidant that enhances flavor, even in small amounts.
- Paprika: Any paprika will work, but I love smoked paprika. The red color may darken the yellow color of the scramble but if looks aren’t a concern, this adds such a great flavor!
- Salt and black pepper: Adding these to taste, a little salt and pepper helps enhance other flavors.
- Plant-based milk: An unsweetened plant-based milk (I like soy) helps to evenly coat the tofu with all your included spices. It’s technically optional and will cook off so you won’t have a watery scramble.
My Go-to Scramble Veggies
- Vegan margarine or oil: Adding a source of fats helps make this recipe more filling and satisfying. I like the flavor of vegan margarine/ butter but avocado oil (or any type of oil) also works. I like to cook my veggies in the melted butter before adding the crumbled tofu.
- Onion: Any variety of onion will add lots of flavor to the scrambled tofu. I like using red onion in the cooked vegetable mix, with some green onion for garnish if I have both available.
- Bell pepper: Any color bell pepper works well so use what you have around!
- Mushrooms: If you’re a mushroom fan, you’ll love adding them to this breakfast scramble. I typically choose cremini mushrooms because they don’t release quite as much water, but other types work too (although you might have to cook them for longer).
How to Make Scrambled Tofu for Breakfast
Let’s get cracking (not eggs though!). If you want to make some scrambled tofu, just follow these easy steps.
Step 1: Crumble Tofu and Coat in Spices
If you’re using extra firm tofu, you can get going right away. If using a different type of tofu, it’s best to begin by pressing the excess water out of the tofu.
In a large mixing bowl crumble your block of tofu into pieces. These pieces can be somewhat larger than what you’d want to eat since you’ll break it up further in the cooking process.
Next, measure your spices and add them to the tofu along with the plant-based milk. Stir until all the tofu pieces are evenly coated in spices.
Set aside the mixing bowl and proceed to preparing the tofu scramble veggies.
Step 2: Chop Vegetables and Fry in Pan
Dice all your chosen vegetables. Keep in mind the ratio of tofu to veggies you’ll want in your scramble to guide you.
In a frying pan, melt margarine or heat oil over medium heat, then add the diced vegetables. Allow these to cook down in the pan, releasing water content and combining flavors.
After about 5-7 minutes the vegetables will be soft and no water will remain in the pan, signalling that you’re done cooking them.
Step 3: Cook Crumbled Tofu with Veggies
With veggies prepared, it’s time to add the crumbled tofu to the pan. Mix thoroughly, breaking up larger clumps of tofu while allowing the tofu to brown.
Cook for about 5 minutes, until there’s no liquid in the bottom of the pan. You can cook a bit longer if you want the tofu to brown, adding some flavor.
Turn off the stove and get ready to serve!
Step 4: Serve Scrambled Tofu
There are so many ways to serve this epic vegan scramble! On its own, scoop some onto a plate and top with ketchup, hot sauce or whatever else you’d typically put on eggs. Sometimes I’ll also make a batch of vegan bacon bits made from tofu and sprinkle those on top!
To make this more of a balanced meal, you may want to add more carbohydrates. For a quick and simple breakfast pair with toast or a bagel. Or, take things up a notch by making a vegan breakfast burrito!
Tofu Breakfast Scramble Tips and Substitutions
When crumbling tofu for the first time (or one of your first times), you may wonder how small to make each piece. Crumbling tofu can take some time, and the smaller you choose to crumble it, the longer it takes. Remember that you can always break it apart smaller when cooking, so don’t feel like you need to make the crumbles too small at first.
You may find that you enjoy certain spices or vegetables better than others in your breakfast scramble, so experiment with those flavors you like best! This recipe is my go-to, although depending on the mood I’m in and what’s in my fridge, I often change what goes into it. That’s all part of the fun!
Additionally, how you serve the tofu scramble plays a big role in achieving variety. With your scramble as the base of a meal, feel free to serve it in a burrito/ wrap, with toast or alongside a bagel!
You can also serve alongside some plant-based sausage or vegan ham. Avocado and/ or fresh tomato slices on the side is also delicious!
How to Refrigerate and Freeze Scrambled Tofu
Great for weekly meal prep, this tofu scramble recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in your refrigerator for up to one week. Just keep it in an airtight container and you’ll have it on those mornings where you want something quick and yummy!
I haven’t tried freezing this recipe but have some reservations about how it might thaw once you’re ready to use it. The water content from tofu and veggies may lead to extra moisture that makes your scramble mixture wet. If you freeze then thaw to use later, I recommend putting the scramble back into a frying pan and cooking this moisture out prior to serving.
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Vegan Tofu Scramble with Nutritional Yeast + Vegetables
- 2 tablespoons vegan margarine or butter , or oil of your choice
- ½ medium onion
- 1 medium green bell pepper
- 11-12 cremini mushrooms , can use button mushrooms
Scramble Tofu and Coat in Spices
- If you typically press your tofu, start by doing that (the brand of tofu I buy doesn't require pressing).350 grams extra firm tofu
- Rinse your block of tofu then crumble it into a large bowl. You can keep it in larger chunks or crumble into small pieces, depending on your preferred texture.
- Toss the tofu with all flavoring ingredients other than your vegetables. Plant-based milk is optional; I find it helps the spices evenly coat the tofu crumbles.3 tablespoons nutritional yeast, ¾ teaspoon garlic powder, ¾ teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon turmeric, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika, black pepper, ¼ cup non-dairy milk
Chop Vegetables and Fry in Pan
- Finely dice your vegetables.½ medium onion, 1 medium green bell pepper, 11-12 cremini mushrooms
- Melt margarine or heat oil in a large pan, then add your diced vegetables.2 tablespoons vegan margarine or butter
- Cook for 5-7 minutes until the vegetables are soft and there’s no liquid left in the pan (the vegetables release liquid; it may be helpful to drain this away).
Cook Crumbled Tofu with Veggies
- Add your crumbled tofu mixture and toss with the vegetables for 2-3 minutes.350 grams extra firm tofu
- Serve topped with ketchup, hot sauce, green onion, and a side of buttery toast (or however you like!).
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About Nicole Stevens
Nicole is a vegan Registered Dietitian (RD) and founder of Lettuce Veg Out.
She helps people thrive on a vegan diet with balanced recipes and easy-to-understand nutrition science.