Spinach Silken Tofu Recipe (Vegan Friendly)

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This silken spinach tofu recipe is perfect for your vegetarian guest. It is very nutritious and very delicious with umami flavor!

silken tofu recipe

The first time I tasted silken spinach tofu in a Chinese restaurant, I was deeply smitten. I fell in love with this dish, the next time I came, I kept ordering this one meal along with others.

The tofu is very soft and delicious. Unlike the normal tofu, the silken tofu spinach has a bit of umami flavor in it. I didn’t know how to make it, but then during the pandemic time, we were at home all the time and most of our favorite restaurants were closed, I had to learn to make my favorite dish at home.

I have tried many spinach tofu recipes. I finally voted this one as my favorite. It is super easy and very tasty!

Ingredients For Spinach and Tofu Recipe

Let’s talk about the important ingredients that you are going to use in this recipe.

Spinach or Horenzo?

If you decide to use spinach, you have to press the water out. Spinach tends to be a little bit watery after you mince it.

Horenzo is a little bit dry. You can cook it for a while before mincing, but it is okay to just mince it right away.

If you don’t want to include Horenzo or spinach in the recipe, you will have just silken egg tofu recipe. It is also very delicious.

Spinach adds the nutritional value and it makes the dish more attractive. Your family will be impressed when they see that you can make this restaurant dish yourself.

Soybean Milk

You have to use unsweetened soybean milk to make it successful. The taste of soybean will make the tofu perfect and silky.

Silken Tofu

The secret key to make the tofu silky is to strain it 2 times. This way the egg white can be strained out and you will have a silky texture egg tofu.

Shimeji Mushroom

brown shimeji mushroom

White shimeji mushroom or brown shimeji mushroom are good to use. They are both very healthy. Shimeji mushrooms has anti-cancer properties and can help lower your cholesterol level.

It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is beneficial for weight loss. With all the positive qualities, shimeji mushroom will give you positive effects.

Shimeji mushroom has a bit of sweet taste and buttery notes. The brown ones are richer in taste than the white ones.

Simply wash the mushroom before use to get rid of the dirt that is usually found at the bottom of the mushrooms.

Silken Spinach Tofu Recipe

Spinach tofu

  • 500 ml soybean milk (unsweetened)
  • 7 eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp mushroom powder
  • 100 gr Horenzo or spinach

Shimeji mushroom sauce

  • 3 garlic (sliced thinly for garnish later)
  • 1 pack Shimeji mushroom
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce ( or vegetarian stir fry sauce)
  • ½ tsp dark soy sauce
  • ½ tsp mushroom powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 200 ml hot water
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water

Additional (optional)

  • 100 gr Horenzo (cut 5-6 cm length)
  • Water to boil
  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • A pinch of salt

Instruction

Spinach tofu

  1. Prepare the soy sauce mixture and cornstarch slurry.
soy sauce mixture
cornstarch slurry
  1. Whisk egg, soy bean milk together, put in salt and mushroom powder. Sieve the egg mixture so you have a smooth texture.
egg
pour soy milk into the egg
whisk the eggs
sieve the egg mixture
  1. Mince the horenzo thinly, set it flat and even on a baking pan 20×20 cm lined and greased with baking paper.
mince the horenzo
put at the bottom of the baking pan
spread evenly
  1. Pour into the pan slowly and carefully. The minced Horenzo will float on top.
pour the egg mixture into the pan
  1. Cover with aluminum foil. Steam medium heat for 25 minutes. Let it cool down at least for 2 hours.
cover with aluminum foil
  1. Cut into squares, deep fry until the color turns brown. Set aside.
cut into squares
spinach tofu
deep fry the tofu

Additional Horenzo/Spinach

  1. Boil some water, add 1 teaspoon of cooking oil and a pinch of salt.
boil water with oil
put some salt
  1. Put in horenzo, let it boil for 2 minutes.
put in horenzo
  1. Drain the water. Set the cooked horenzo on a plate.
drain the water
put the cooked spinach on a plate

Shimeji mushroom sauce

  1. Heat some oil in a wok. Put in the garlic. Stir fry until the color turns brown. Take it out for garnish later.
  2. Put in the shimeji mushroom, water, and all the seasonings beside sesame oil in the wok with the fragrant oil. Stir fry evenly until the mushroom is well-cooked.
cook the mushroom

  1. Put in the cornstarch with water solution, let it thicken. Put in the sesame oil.
put in the sauce
cook
put in cornstarch slurry
  1. Set the spinach tofu on a plate, on top of the spinach/horenzo. Pour the mushroom sauce and set the mushroom on top of the tofu. Garnish with the fried garlic.
put the mushroom on top of the tofu
  1. Serve warm with rice.
serve with warm rice

Note

If you decide to leave the horenzo out, you can just use egg and soybean milk. It becomes silken tofu recipe or silken egg tofu recipe. It is also very delicious. Spinach adds some nutritional value.

How To Serve Silken Spinach Tofu Recipe

Another way to serve silken spinach tofu recipe is using cooked spinach.

Simply put the cut spinach in a boiling water with a pinch of salt and oil for 2 minutes.

Drain the spinach, put the spinach at the bottom of the plate. Put the fried spinach tofu on top of the cooked spinach and pour the mushroom sauce on top of it.

Storage

The silken spinach tofu can be kept in the fridge for 3 days, separate from the mushroom sauce. Keep the tofu in a different container. Or you can just make the mushroom sauce later when you are ready to eat.

Reheat the tofu in a microwave. Pour the mushroom sauce on top. Just as simple as that.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: Can I use a different type of milk for this recipe?

A1: While silken tofu is recommended for its creamy texture, you can experiment with other tofu varieties like soft or firm tofu. Just be aware that the texture and consistency of the dish may vary.

Q: Can I substitute spinach with other greens?

A: Absolutely! You can use kale, Swiss chard, or other leafy greens. Some variations can add a unique flavor twist to your dish.

Q: What can I do if my tofu sauce turns out too thick or too thin?

A: If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of water to thin it out. If it’s too thin, add a little cornstarch slurry to the sauce and cook it.

Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can steam the tofu, keep it in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Fry the tofu before eating and the sauce is very fast to prepare.

Q: Is this recipe suitable for a vegan diet?

A: Absolutely! This spinach silken tofu recipe is entirely vegan, making it a perfect choice for those following a plant-based diet.

Q: What should I serve with this dish?

A: Serve the spinach silken tofu over rice, quinoa, pasta, or crusty bread. Pair it with a side salad, steamed vegetables, or some roasted potatoes for a complete meal.

Conclusion

Spinach Silken Tofu is a delightful and nutritious addition to your cooking list. It combines the health benefits of spinach with the creamy richness of silken tofu, resulting in a dish that’s both delicious and good for you.

It is vegan-friendly, just substitute the oyster sauce with vegan sauce. It will be good to go.

If you like this recipe and would like to try a different tofu recipe, I have Braised tofu with ground pork recipe or Fried Tofu with Ground Pork recipe in my blog.

Please feel free to tag me on Instagram if you make this delicious dish at home.

Here is a complete list of Asian egg dishes that you must know, if you love egg:

20 Asian Egg Dishes

spinach tofu

SPINACH SILKEN TOFU RECIPE

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

This silken spinach tofu recipe is perfect for your vegetarian guest. It is very nutritious and very delicious with umami flavor!

Ingredients

Spinach Tofu

  • 500 ml soybean milk (unsweetened)
  • 7 eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp mushroom powder
  • 100 gr Horenzo or spinach

Shimeji Mushroom sauce

  • 3 garlic (sliced thinly or minced for garnish later)
  • 1 pack Shimeji mushroom
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce ( or vegetarian stir fry sauce)
  • ½ tsp dark soy sauce
  • ½ tsp mushroom powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 200 ml hot water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch + 1 tbsp water

Instructions

    Spinach tofu:

1.     Mince the horenzo thinly, set it flat and even on a baking pan 20x20 cm lined and greased with baking paper.

2.     Whisk egg, soy bean milk together, put in salt and mushroom powder.

3.     Sieve the mixture and pour into the pan slowly and carefully. The minced Horenzo will float on top.

4.     Steam medium heat for 25 minutes. Let it cool down at least for 2 hours.

5.     Cut into squares, deep fry until the color turns brown. Set aside.

Additional Horenzo/Spinach:

1. Boil some water in a pot. Add 1 teaspoon of cooking oil and a pinch of salt.

2. Put in the sliced horenzo/spinach, let it boil for 2 minutes.

3. Drain the water. Set the cooked horenzo on a plate.

Shimeji Mushroom Sauce:

1. Heat some cooking oil in a pan. Put in the garlic. Sautee until the color turns brown. Take it out for garnish later.

2. Put in the shimeji mushroom, seasonings, and water. Sesame oil to be added later. Stir fry until the mushroom is well-cooked.

3. Put in the cornstarch solution, add by teaspoon and check the thickness you desire. Put in the sesame oil.

4. Set the spinach tofu on a plate, on top of the cooked spinach/horenzo. Pour the mushroom sauce. Set the mushroom on top of the tofu. Garnish with fried minced garlic.

5. Enjoy!

Notes

If you decide to leave the horenzo out, you can just use egg and soybean milk. It becomes silken tofu recipe or silken egg tofu recipe. It is also very delicious. Spinach adds some nutritional value.


Keep the spinach tofu that is not fried yet in the fridge. You can keep it up to 3 days.

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