Simple Tofu Scramble


You’ll love the flavor of this protein-packed vegan tofu scramble seasoned with turmeric, cumin and nutritional yeast. Serve with sliced avocado and toast for a delicious breakfast!

I love a good scramble and my first experience with scrambled tofu was at a local café here in Richmond. The café has since closed, which is a shame, but I still remember that breakfast wrap. I loved the flavor of the tofu scramble and almost couldn’t tell that it wasn’t actual scrambled eggs.

I’m honestly not sure if I waited until the next day or if I simply rushed home and tried my hand at making a tofu scramble that afternoon, but I remember being shocked by how easy it was.

Turmeric tofu scramble on a plate with avocado on top. Two slices of bread with jam on the side.

How to Make a Tofu Scramble

Step one involves draining and pressing your tofu. After press to remove as much liquid as possible, you’ll crumble the tofu into bite-size pieces.

Once tofu has been crumbled, there’s nothing more to do than season it while sautéing until it’s golden in color and warm.

That’s the beauty of tofu — it’s already cooked and it takes on the flavor of whatever you season it with. For this scramble we’re using turmeric, which has anti-inflammatory properties and gives the tofu a lovely yellow color. There’s also cumin, sea salt, ground pepper, which helps with the absorption of turmeric, and nutritional yeast. The nutritional yeast adds a nutty, cheesy flavor that makes this scramble absolutely delish so don’t skip it!

Turmeric tofu scramble on a plate with avocado on top. Two slices of bread with jam on the side.

What Does Tofu Taste Like?

The texture of this tofu scramble is super similar to scrambled eggs and has a ton of protein, which makes it an excellent option for breakfast. That said, I like to eat scrambles for lunch and dinner too!

Turmeric tofu scramble on a plate with avocado on top. Two slices of bread with jam on the side.

What to Pair with Scrambled Tofu

You can pair scrambled tofu with anything you’d pair with scrambled eggs. For this recipe I add some veggies to the scramble — minced garlic, onions, mushrooms and baby spinach. Of course, you can use whatever veggies you have on hand. I topped the scrambled tofu with avocado and hot sauce (my fave toppings for any scramble) and paired it with two slices of toast for a delicious and easy breakfast.

Tofu scramble makes a great vegan substitute in recipes that use scrambled eggs, like this egg and hummus breakfast wrap.

More Tofu Recipes

Tofu Scramble

4 from 5 votes
This vegan tofu scramble is packed with flavor, has a great texture and easily lends itself to any additional veggies or spices you’d like to add in! Delicious served with sliced avocado and toast.
Turmeric tofu scramble on a plate with avocado on top. Two slices of bread with jam on the side. Glass of orange juice and fork also on the side.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 16 oz firm or extra firm tofu, pressed or drained
  • 2 teaspoons avocado or coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 cup button mushrooms, chopped
  • 2-3 Tablespoons water, if needed
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 cup shredded kale or baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • hot sauce, to taste (optional)


  • Add oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic and onion and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until onions begin to soften.
  • Add mushrooms to the pan and use your fingers to crumble the tofu into chunks before tossing it into the pan as well. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the tofu starts to stick or the pan becomes dry, you can add a little water to the pan.
  • Add the turmeric, cumin, salt and pepper to the pan and stir to combine. Then add the kale and nutritional yeast. Stir and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Taste and season with additional black pepper and sea salt, if needed. Serve the scramble warm with sliced avocado and fresh herbs. I like cilantro.


Serving: 1/4 of recipe Calories: 228kcal Carbohydrates: 10g Protein: 20g Fat: 11g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 1g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: vegan
Keyword: tofu scramble


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    1. April Nurse
      March 17, 2022 AT 4:33 pm

      4 stars
      I have made scrambled Tofu many times.
      I would reduce the Cumin to 1/2 tsp. I would add 1/2 tsp of chilli or cayenne pepper.
      I also include 1/2 tsp hot mustard powder and some jalapeno peppers and tomato.
      The main ingredient is 1/2 tsp of Black Salt or kala namak as they call it. It adds a sulphuric flavor to the Tofu to make it taste eggy.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 18, 2022 AT 10:21 am

        Hi, April! Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    2. Jeanine
      August 20, 2021 AT 12:14 pm

      5 stars
      The seasoning in this is delicious…so quick and easy to make. I added all the leftover veggies from the week that I had on hand and it worked perfectly!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 23, 2021 AT 12:42 pm

        Woo!! So glad you enjoyed this tofu scramble, Jeanine! Thanks for trying it out and coming back to leave a review. It means so much to me!

    3. Haley
      October 4, 2018 AT 2:01 am

      This recipe was horrible. Absolutely way to heavy on the cumin and I would recommend removing the mushrooms from the scramble after their cooked and then re-adding them at the end. My tofu scramble looked like dog food not “Golden”.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 4, 2018 AT 10:16 am

        I’m so sorry you didn’t like the scramble, Haley. Thank you for leaving your feedback!

    4. MamaInez
      June 6, 2017 AT 11:58 am

      Just tried this and all I taste is the cumin! I would omit it altogether or at least balance the taste with some chili powder. Still a good recipe to play with.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 6, 2017 AT 12:26 pm

        2 teaspoons was probably too much for your palate. Maybe scale back to 1/2-1 teaspoon next time you make this! 🙂

    5. Sijai
      April 4, 2017 AT 3:44 am

      waowh, looks delicious. I need to try this recipe. thanks for the article, is very useful.

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