EV’s Take: Traditional Vegan Tofu Scramble, Ready To Go
Depending on where you are in your vegan exploration, you may have not yet heard of tofu scramble. If you haven’t, you’re probably wondering, “How do vegans eat eggs?” or “How can I satisfy my egg cravings when going from vegetarian to vegan?” We have answers!
Tofu scramble is a long-time vegan favorite, made from crumbled tofu and spices in a way that mimics eggs shockingly well. It’s relatively easy to make at home, so we cook it at our house often. But if you don’t feel like cooking, don’t own all those spices, or are in a rush, there’s Hodo.
With their Vegan All-Day Egg Scramble, Hodo essentially made your classic tofu scramble and put it in a vacuum-sealed bag. And they did it quite well.
I enjoy making home-cooked tofu scramble, but it does require some effort and at least 10 minutes. When you don’t have the time or energy, Hodo’s All-Day Egg Scramble is a flavorful and incredibly easy replacement.
How To Make Tofu Scramble: 4 Easy Steps
I’d recommend trying Hodo’s scramble as well as making your own tofu scramble at some point. For those interested in learning to cook the vegan staple, here’s a simple and straightforward recipe.
All you need is a block of tofu, oil, nutritional yeast, turmeric and basic pantry spices. Once you’ve got those ready, go ahead and:
- Heat up your pan with a couple tablespoons of oil.
- Drop the tofu block into your pan, no pressing required. Begin cutting, mashing, or breaking the block up into crumbles.
- Add a good amount of nutritional yeast to the tofu (I usually do at least ⅓ cup). Toss in some garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to your liking, as well as plant-based cheese shreds if you’d like. Add just a dash of turmeric—that’s for coloring only!
- Cook to your desired texture. Mashing and adding more vegan cheese will make it a mushier scramble; crumbling and leaving on the heat can crisp up the tofu nicely.
Making your own scramble allows a ton of room for personalization. You can experiment with ingredient amounts and cooking time until you find your favorite method. Increase or reduce spices, add or don’t add cheese, and crumble your tofu into different sized tidbits!
Oh, and of course you can level up your scramble with veggies and plant-based meats. Yummm.
For Microwave Chefs, Hodo Is Your Tofu Scramble Go-To
Don’t want to get out all the spices and dirty a pan? Totally understandable.
Hodo’s greatest advantage is that its tofu “egg” scramble is fully cooked and only requires heating (unless you want to eat it cold, which you can certainly do). You can heat the mixture with a little oil in a pan on the stovetop, or you can save some energy, oil, dishes… and just pop it in the microwave.
I was hesitant to take the easy way out by microwaving Hodo’s scramble, but I’m so glad I did. Most heat-and-eat foods taste better cooked and crisped in the oven or on the stove. But I actually think Hodo’s scramble tastes best microwaved.
All I had to do to “cook” the egg scramble was squeeze it out of the bag into a bowl, heat it for about a minute, stir, and heat for another minute. My eggs came out of the microwave light and fluffy with a pleasingly cheesy aroma wafting from them.
They were delicious on their own as a side, but would also be great rolled into a breakfast burrito. You can use these tofu eggs just like regular cooked, scrambled eggs. The highlight of Hodo’s scramble is how quick and how much less messy it is than making your own tofu scramble or real eggs.
Want your eggy crumbles crispier? Go ahead and try pan-cooking the Hodo scramble. When I’ve done this, the tofu came out more well done. If you’re adding veggies and other plant proteins, frying it all up in a pan might make more sense as well.
How Does Hodo All-Day Egg Scramble Compare to Just Egg?
That’s a good, and difficult, question. I think of Just Egg as a completely unique product, one that perfectly imitates real eggs in every way. Read my Just Egg review for more on that.
On the other hand, tofu scramble, while a vegan scrambled eggs replacement, isn’t a perfect copycat. It doesn’t taste and look exactly like eggs. And this will probably be most noticeable for those new to tofu or plant-based food. However, I think tofu scramble is good in its own right, and serves as a tasty homemade vegan alternative to morning eggs.
Just Egg, tofu scramble and Hodo All-Day Egg Scramble all do the trick, just in different ways. Give each one a try and see which is best for you!
Where Can I Buy Hodo All-Day Egg Scramble?
From what I can glean from their website, they are available at major grocers including Wegmans, Target, Whole Foods, Safeway and Giant. But it looks like they are also sold in many small grocery stores across the U.S. Use their Where To Find Hodo map tool to see if you can score some scramble at a store near you.