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Miso Tofu Recipe (Vegan, High in Protein)

This miso tofu recipe is a salty flavorful adaptation of mapo tofu, a delicious Chinese vegetable and tofu dish served with rice. This miso tofu has tons of fresh garlic, ginger, mushrooms, onions, pepper, and perfectly cooked tofu in a thick and briny sauce.
This is a fantastic simple Asian inspired tofu recipe with a thick flavorful miso sauce. Serve with a fresh salad with sesame ginger dressing, and you have a delicious meal in no time.
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I first had mapo tofu in Merrickville, Ontario visiting my mother in law – and I had to recreate this recipe in my own kitchen, so this miso mapo tofu was born!  I loved mapo tofu from the beginning: it’s a hearty dish of high protein tofu and vegetables in a thick and rich brown sauce. 
It’s a traditional Szechuan dish, and man is it delicious. The below recipe is a recreation of the mapo tofu I had, and was absolutely amazing over jasmine rice.

This Miso Mapo Tofu Recipe Is:

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Flavorful
  • Loaded with Vegetables
  • Versatile
  • Vegan, Vegetarian, and SO Good!
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Frozen Bell Pepper Recipes

I used a few frozen veggies for this recipe instead of  fresh produce – like bell peppers, ginger, and mushrooms (yes, you can freeze mushrooms!). Frozen produce is a great option for finding fresh and flavorful vegetables in the off season. By using freezer ingredients, I can stock up when they are on sale, and use them in all kinds of great dishes. It saves me a trip to the store, and I can add amazing veggies right into the recipe.

Frozen vegetables are often picked at peak ripeness, so they are a much better option than canned.  Check out all my recipes that use Freezer Ingredients on The Herbeevore – great for those nights when you want dinner ready fast! And check out my Top 125 Plant-Based Pantry Staples for long-lasting staples that I always keep on hand.

 What’s In this Mapo Tofu with Miso Paste?

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One of The Best Tofu Recipes You’ll Make Again & Again

Whether you’re new to cooking tofu or are a seasoned pro, this miso tofu is a fantastic tofu recipe to add to your monthly menu. Tofu is made from pressed soybeans, and is high in protein and is anti-inflammatory

I have dozens of tofu recipes here on The Herbeevore, it’s one of my favorite ingredients to cook with! I love enjoying crispy baked tofu in the oven, blending it into a flavorful sauce for vegetables, or scrambling it up for breakfast.

Is This Authentic Mapo Tofu?

This recipe is absolutely not in any capacity authentic Szechuan – this is a dish I tried recreating after I had a delicious mapo tofu at a Chinese Restaurant in Ottawa, Canada… so I admit I am quite removed from the origins of this dish.  If you are looking for a real authentic mapo tofu recipe with the proper fermented bean paste, I shall refer you here
Mine has many similarities, but again, I am an American trying to recreate this in my own kitchen – want to be very clear this is an adaptation of the classic Szechuan dish.

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Miso Tofu (Vegan)

Kelly Jensen
This miso tofu recipe is a salty flavorful adaptation of mapo tofu, a delicious Chinese vegetable and tofu recipe loaded with vegetables and spices. This dish has tons of fresh garlic, ginger, onions, pepper, and perfectly cooked tofu in a thick and briny sauce. Serve over rice and enjoy!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Asian, Chinese
Servings 4 servings
Calories 178 kcal



  • In a pot, heat the peanut oil over medium heat. Add the onion, ginger, and garlic and saute for 4 to 5 minutes until the veggies begin to soften.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and cook on low heat for 20 minutes until the peppers are cooked through
  • Serve over rice and enjoy!


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Calories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 11gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 665mgPotassium: 324mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1424IUVitamin C: 53mgCalcium: 137mgIron: 2mg
Keyword american mapo tofu, mapo tofu with muso paste, miso mapo tofu, plant based mapo tofu, vegan mapo tofu recipe, vegan silken tofu dinner recipes
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