Vegan Tofu Scramble with Veggies

tofu scramble

I just realized that it took me until the last weekend of my 30 day vegan challenge to try making a tofu scramble. I’ve cooked with tofu before, with varying degrees of success. Sometimes the tofu was too soggy and sometimes incredibly dry or chewy. In all honesty, for some reason the thought of tofu scramble used to gross me out. However, having loved eating scrambled eggs my whole life, I decided that I should give tofu scramble a try.

In an effort not to completely botch the meal, I loosely followed a recipe I found on a vegan website that I frequent, The PPK. She gives some great ideas for other ways to use tofu scramble to create entirely new dishes. So definitely head over that way to get even more inspired. I was only cooking for myself, so I used her recipe as a guideline and kind winged the proportions. My veggies of choice were onions, mushrooms, bell peppers and spinach. I nixed the olive oil since I was using nonstick spray and the nutritional yeast because it’s not my favorite. I also spiced it up a little extra with some garlic powder and a dash of cayenne pepper.

Update: I’ve perfected the recipe over the past year and have developed new versions. Sometimes I add soyrizo(my fave!) and I always use a bit of nutritional yeast. Sometimes I add zucchini or black beans or corn. Feel free to make this recipe yours!


tofu scramble with spinach

You can pair this tofu scramble with some pancakes and tempeh bacon for a “diner” style breakfast.

tofu scramble blueberry pancakes

Goes great with Vegan Breakfast Sausage or these delectable Vegan Sweet Potato Pancakes with Cardamom Coconut Cream!

You could also throw some into a breakfast burrito:

tofu scramble breakfast burrito

Once again, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the outcome of veganizing a traditional meal. In addition to the taste, another perk is that tofu scramble is a great source of plant-based protein, has zero cholesterol and has almost no saturated fat.

Have you found a great recipe for tofu scramble? Tell me about it in the comments!


Vegan Tofu Scramble
Serves 2
For some reason the thought of tofu scramble used to gross me out. Once again, I've been surprised at the outcome of veganizing a traditional meal.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1/2 pound extra-firm tofu
  2. 1/4 cup chopped onion
  3. 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  4. 1/4 cup red bell pepper
  5. 1 cup raw chopped spinach or kale
  6. 2 tablespoons veggie broth
  7. 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  8. 1 clove garlic, finely grated
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  10. 1/2 onion powder
  11. 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  12. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional - spicy!)
  13. salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Chop your veggies and sauté them in a little olive oil for about 3-4 minutes, until slightly brown on the edges.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Drain the tofu and press out excess water using paper towels.
  4. Crumble the tofu into the pan with the nutritional yeast, spices and veggie broth
  5. Cook for about 5-6 minutes or until most of the broth has cooked into the tofu, stirring frequently to prevent the tofu from burning.
  6. Turn off the heat and throw the chopped spinach on top. Cover with a lid for 1 minute so the spinach has time to soften but not get too wilted.
  7. Stir the spinach into the mixture and serve right away.
  8. Top with fresh tomatoes, avocado and cilantro.
  1. I top mine with some hot sauce. This would also be great topped with fresh tomatoes, avocado and cilantro.
  2. Pairs well with tempeh bacon and vegan breakfast sausage!
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    Nancy Nurse
    February 11, 2014 at 11:10 am - Reply

    I agree with you; I’ve never liked tofu scramble and have never had any luck with it; however, this actually looks yummy and if I can find extra-firm tofu in Ireland, then I’m going to give it a try! Thank you.

    • Taylor
      February 16, 2014 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      The more I make this the more it grows on me. I’ve switched up the combination of ingredients and played around with different spices. Today I made some meatless breakfast sausages and chopped them up along with the tofu scramble. It really gave it a lot of flavor!

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