Delicious Vegan Tofu Balls for Meat-free Lovers!

Welcome to my kitchen, where I show you how to make delicious vegan tofu balls recipe that will blow your taste buds away. If you’re looking for an easy vegan meatballs recipe that is full of flavor but requires minimal effort, then this is it. By using extra-firm tofu and rolled oats, we create a meat-like texture that’s perfect for these vegan tofu balls.

As a vegan chef, I know firsthand how hard it is to find quality meat substitutes that are both gluten-free and meatless without sacrificing the taste. Tofu balls offer a solution that is both healthy and scrumptious. This amazing recipe promises to be one of the simplest and tastiest dishes that I have ever cooked in my life.

I believe that even if you’re not vegan, you’ll fall in love with these tender, flavorful tofu balls. They’re perfect as an appetizer or as a main course complementing any side dish.

So, let’s get started on creating this must-try vegan tofu balls recipe that truly embodies “delicious and easy vegan cuisine.”

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegan Tofu Balls
Vegan Tofu Balls

Are you tired of the same old, boring meatball recipes? Want to try something new, exciting, and delicious for your next meal? Look no further than these Vegan Tofu Balls!

If you’re looking for an easy vegan dinner option that is both satisfying and delicious, these tofu meatballs are the perfect choice. They are packed with protein, gluten-free, and made with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. But don’t let their simplicity fool you – they are bursting with flavor!

These vegan tofu balls are a healthier alternative to traditional meatballs. Not only are they cholesterol-free, but they’re also a great source of plant-based protein. And with no animal products, this recipe is perfect for anyone following a vegan or vegetarian diet.

But the best part about these tofu balls is that they taste just as good (if not better) than traditional meatballs! The combination of soy sauce, peanut butter, and rolled oats gives them a savory and slightly sweet taste that will leave your taste buds wanting more. Plus, you can easily customize them by swapping out ingredients or trying different sauces.

So whether you’re trying to reduce your meat consumption or just looking for a healthier alternative to traditional meatballs, you’ll love this delicious vegan tofu balls recipe!

Ingredient List

 These Vegan Tofu Balls are perfect for a plant-based snack or as the main course!
These Vegan Tofu Balls are perfect for a plant-based snack or as the main course!

Before starting to cook, let’s gather all the necessary ingredients that we need for this delicious vegan tofu balls recipe. Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1 package extra firm tofu, patted dry and drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Optional ingredients for added flavor:

  • Teriyaki tofu instead of plain extra firm tofu for a sweet and sour taste
  • Use gluten-free rolled oats for a gluten-free option

With all these ingredients on hand, we’re ready to start cooking our vegan tofu meatballs!

The Recipe How-To

 Who needs meatballs when you can have these delicious tofu balls?
Who needs meatballs when you can have these delicious tofu balls?

After going through the ingredient list, it’s time to start making these delicious vegan tofu balls. Trust me, they are easy to prepare, and the taste is so amazing that you won’t believe it’s not meat. Follow these steps to get started:

Step 1: Preparing the Tofu

The first step is cutting the firm tofu into cubes, about an inch in size. Place them on a surface and use paper towels or a clean towel to pat them dry.

Step 2: Mixing the Ingredients

In a blender or food processor, add the tofu cubes, rolled oats, peanut butter, soy sauce, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until everything is well combined.

Step 3: Shaping the Tofu Balls

Now it’s time to shape the mixture into tofu balls. With your hands, form small balls about one and a half inches in diameter.

Step 4: Cooking the Tofu Balls

Heat some oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the tofu balls and let them cook for about four minutes.

Pro Tip: To make the tofu balls tastier, you can brush them with some teriyaki sauce while cooking.

Step 5: Adding Vegetables (Optional)

If you want to make this recipe even more nutritious, you can add some chopped vegetables like onions or carrots before adding the tofu balls. Sauté them for a few minutes until they’re tender before adding the tofu balls.

And there you have it! Your delicious vegan tofu balls are ready to be savored!

Caution: Be careful while handling these tofu meatballs as they may break easily.

Substitutions and Variations

 These savory tofu balls are a vegan's dream come true!
These savory tofu balls are a vegan’s dream come true!

Are you ready to get creative in the kitchen? Let’s talk about substitutions and variations that will make your vegan tofu balls recipe even more delicious! For example, if you don’t have any rolled oats on hand, try substituting breadcrumbs or quinoa flakes instead. Gluten-free options are available, so you can try gluten-free rolled oats or gluten-free breadcrumbs.

If you want to switch up the flavor profile, consider adding different herbs and spices to your homemade tomato sauce. You can add some heat with cayenne pepper, or sweetness with cinnamon. You could also add a dollop of peanut butter for a nutty flavor that pairs well with soy sauce.

For a more savory twist, try adding some chopped mushrooms or lentils to the mixture. This will give the tofu balls a meatier texture and add a nice depth of flavor. If you’re looking for a sweeter taste, add some chopped pineapple or diced apples into the mix.

As for variations, the possibilities are endless! Instead of teriyaki tofu balls, try making Asian-inspired tofu meatballs by adding chopped onions and grated carrots to the mix. You can also experiment with different types of tofu like silken tofu or water-packed tofu for a different texture.

Get creative and let your taste buds guide you! The beauty of this recipe is that it is flexible and forgiving, so feel free to play around with it until you find the perfect combination for you. Your vegan tofu meatballs will be bursting with flavor and personality in no time!

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to roll up your sleeves and make these mouthwatering vegan tofu balls.
Get ready to roll up your sleeves and make these mouthwatering vegan tofu balls.

Now that you have prepared these delicious vegan tofu balls, it’s time to consider how best to serve and pair them. These meatballs are extremely versatile and can be paired with a wide variety of sides, making them the perfect addition to any meal.

For a classic twist, these tofu meatballs can be served over a bed of spaghetti with tomato sauce made from scratch using fresh tomatoes. For those who enjoy the sweet and sour taste, you can try serving the tofu balls with some homemade peanut butter teriyaki sauce.

Another great way to serve these balls is by creating a vegan meatball sub with some freshly baked bread rolls, tomato sauce, cheese and some leafy greens like arugula, baby spinach or kale. The possibilities for pairing are endless!

These vegan meatballs can also be paired with lentil soup as they both have a similar texture, giving your dish an extra protein boost. Lentil soup is easy to cook and is an excellent source of nutrients for vegans.

We recommend experimenting with different pairings to find the perfect combination that works for you. So dive in and get creative, this recipe is full of taste and easy to customize! Now that I have shared my tips on how to serve and pair these delicious tofu balls let us go ahead and enjoy their mouth-watering taste.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These protein-packed tofu balls will provide you with the energy you need to power through your day.
These protein-packed tofu balls will provide you with the energy you need to power through your day.

Now that you have perfected your vegan tofu balls recipe, it is time to talk about make-ahead options, storing and reheating tips.

Make-Ahead: You can prepare the tofu meatballs ahead of time and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. This is a great option if you want to meal prep or if you know that you’ll have a busy week ahead. To prevent the tofu balls from sticking together, you can add a little bit of olive oil or cornstarch before storing them in the container.

Storing: If you have any leftovers after serving, don’t worry! The meatballs can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. Make sure they are cooled down before putting them in the fridge. I recommend labeling the container with the date so that you know when to use them by.

Reheating: You can reheat your tofu meatballs in three different ways. Firstly, you can microwave them for 30 seconds-1 minute. Secondly, you can bake them for 5-10 minutes at 325°F/160°C until they are heated through. Lastly, you can heat them up on a stovetop by placing them gently into a pan with a little bit of water or broth and let it simmer for about 5 minutes until heated through.

Remember, do not reheat cooked tofu more than once as this could cause bacterial growth and upset your stomach. So only reheat what you plan to eat.

By following these storing and reheating tips, your vegan tofu balls will taste just as delicious as the first day you made them!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Step up your meal prep game by making a batch of these tofu balls to snack on throughout the week.
Step up your meal prep game by making a batch of these tofu balls to snack on throughout the week.

Now that you have all the ingredients and the know-how to whip up a batch of delicious vegan tofu balls, let me share with you some tips that will help you achieve perfect results every time.

Firstly, choosing the right type of tofu is crucial for achieving the best texture in your meatballs. While it might be tempting to opt for soft or silken tofu, I recommend using firm or extra-firm tofu for this recipe. Extra-firm tofu has less moisture content and a firmer texture than regular firm tofu, making it easier to handle and shaping into perfect balls.

Secondly, ensure that you pat dry your tofu thoroughly to remove any excess moisture. This will prevent your meatballs from turning out too mushy and soggy.

Another tip to keep in mind when making vegan tofu balls is to use rolled oats instead of breadcrumbs as a binder. Rolled oats are gluten-free and will give your meatballs a pleasantly heartier texture.

Furthermore, don’t forget to chill your mixture for at least 15 minutes before rolling them into individual balls. Chilling allows the ingredients in your mixture to meld together, making it easier to form into perfectly shaped meatballs without crumbling.

Lastly, when cooking your vegan tofu balls, don’t overcrowd the pan or baking sheet. Overcrowding can cause uneven cooking and prevent the exterior of each ball from becoming crispy and golden brown.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating mouthwatering vegan tofu balls that are sure to impress even non-vegan foodies.


As you become more comfortable in the kitchen, it’s normal to have some questions about ingredients or techniques. Below, I’ve gathered some frequently asked questions about the Vegan Tofu Balls Recipe to help you with any doubts or confusion that might arise. Let’s clear up any questions and get back to cooking up delicious vegan tofu meatballs!

Why do you pour boiling water over tofu?

When you submerge tofu in hot and salty water, it removes moisture from its surface resulting in a crispy and brown texture. Additionally, the heat from the water helps to contract the proteins on the surface of the tofu, preventing moisture from escaping.

Why does tofu need cornstarch?

For a deliciously crunchy tofu, try coating it with a combination of salt and cornstarch before cooking. If cornstarch isn’t your thing, potato starch, regular flour, or gluten-free flour can also be used, but cornstarch will give you the crispiest result. Feel free to bake, pan-fry, or deep fry your tofu, depending on your preferences.

Should I soak tofu before cooking?

A popular tip that has been circulating online involves soaking tofu in salt water for a brief period before cooking. By following this method, the tofu reportedly develops a better texture and crust. I personally have tried this technique and can confirm its effectiveness. After slicing the tofu, submerge it in a warm, salty bath and let it soak for 10-15 minutes.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, this vegan tofu balls recipe is a must-try for anyone who wants to enjoy the taste of meatballs without the guilt. It’s easy to make, delicious, and packed with nutrients that nourish your body in the best of ways. Whether you’re a vegan or just looking for a healthy alternative to traditional meatballs, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and ingredients to create your own unique twist on this recipe. Substitute lentils for the tofu, or add in some chopped veggies for an extra burst of flavor. The possibilities are endless!

To sum it up, these vegan tofu balls are a tasty and sustainable protein option that you can enjoy guilt-free. Plus, they’re perfect for meal prepping and storing in the freezer for quick meals throughout the week. So what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch today and let your taste buds experience the goodness of plant-based cuisine!

Vegan Tofu Balls

Vegan Tofu Balls Recipe

These delicious meatball alternatives are great with pasta and tomato sauce. They are gluten-free and sugar-free and appropriate for the 21 day Quantum Wellness Cleanse. They are a bit fragile so be careful when removing them from the pan. This recipe is only slightly adapted from the Post Punk Kitchen website.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Vegan
Calories 123.2 kcal


  • 300 g tofu, extra-firm
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce, gluten-free
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter, no sugar added is best
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, gluten-free
  • rice flour, to roll the balls in
  • oil, to fry the balls in


  • Combine all ingredients except for the rice flour and oil. Mix thoroughly by hand. Don't use a mixer because the mixture will be too soft and gooey.
  • Roll the tofu balls in the rice flour and then fry until golden brown all over - about 5 minutes.

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Serving: 87gCalories: 123.2kcalCarbohydrates: 10.5gProtein: 7.6gFat: 6.4gSaturated Fat: 1.2gSodium: 609.8mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 2.3g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Beans, Easy, Free Of..., Lactose-free, Low Cholesterol, Soy/Tofu, Vegan, Weeknight
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