Can You Eat Raw Tofu – Is it Safe?

Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or simply looking to incorporate more plant-based protein into your diet, you’ve probably come across tofu as a great option.

 But have you ever wondered if you can eat raw tofu? 

I mean, we’ve all had our fair share of raw veggies, so why not raw tofu?

As someone who loves tofu, I did a little digging to find out the answer, and the verdict is yes, you can eat raw tofu! 

However, it’s essential to make sure that it’s made from pasteurized soy milk and doesn’t contain any harmful bacteria.

Keep reading to know more!

Presentation of raw tofu on a plate


What is Raw Tofu?

Raw tofu refers to tofu that has not been cooked since it was pressed and packaged. 

It is essentially fresh tofu that has been packaged and refrigerated for sale. 

Raw tofu is typically soft and has a subtle flavor, with a texture that is somewhat custard-like or silky. 

Many recipes use baked or fried tofu, while others may call for cold, raw tofu that’s often crumbled or cut into cubes.

If you’re not familiar with tofu, you might be curious about whether it’s safe to eat uncooked.

Let’s find out more here!

Can You Eat Tofu Raw?

Yes, you can consume raw tofu straight out of the packaging, regardless of the type. 

However, it’s crucial to drain off any excess water from the tofu before eating it. 

You could also opt to soak the tofu in fresh water prior to consuming it. 

If you prefer raw tofu, it’s best to go for silken or soft block tofu, as they are commonly eaten raw and have a smooth and silky texture. 

Stir-fry tofu with vegetables

Possible Benefits of Eating Raw Tofu

If you’re looking for a cheap and convenient way to increase your protein intake, then tofu might be just what you need! 

This versatile plant-based food doesn’t require much prep work besides draining off any excess water. 

Plus, it’s loaded with important nutrients like calcium, iron, and magnesium, which can be hard to find in other vegan protein sources. 

Another perk of eating raw tofu is that it’s a great addition to smoothies, purees, and sauces, as well as being a base for homemade ice cream

By eating tofu raw, you can also avoid any added oils or fats that might come from common cooking methods, which could be helpful if you’re watching your calorie or fat intake. 

So, if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to pack more protein and nutrients into your diet, give raw tofu a try now!

Food Poisoning referring to potential risks of eating raw tofu.

Safety Concerns About Eating Raw Tofu

It’s important to keep in mind that there are still potential risks associated with consuming raw tofu, especially if it’s not handled or stored properly.

While tofu itself is cooked, it could still become contaminated.

For example, it might be exposed to germs from other foods or come into contact with unclean surfaces or hands, which could lead to food poisoning. 

To minimize your risk of foodborne illness when consuming raw tofu, be sure to select a reputable brand and follow proper food safety guidelines. 

Raw tofu placed on a wooden surface.

Tips on how to safely eat raw tofu

If you’re interested in trying raw tofu, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure that you do so safely. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Silken and soft block tofu are the best options to eat raw, as they have a custard-like texture and a mild flavor that works well in raw dishes.
  2. Remove any excess water and potential contaminants, drain the water from the package of tofu, and rinse the tofu thoroughly with fresh water before consuming it.
  3. Always wash your hands with soap and water before handling raw tofu to prevent the spread of germs.
  4. Make sure to check the expiration date on the package of tofu before consuming it. If the tofu is past its expiration date, it could be contaminated with harmful bacteria and should not be consumed.
  5. If you have leftover raw tofu, be sure to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consume it within a day or two to minimize the risk of contamination.


I hope this tofu talk has left you feeling enlightened and maybe even a little hungry. 

It’s clear that raw tofu is a perfectly safe and healthy option for those who like to live on the wild side, but it’s not for everyone.

If you’re a fan of the raw stuff, Check out this… Hiyayakko video 

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to enjoy what you’re eating.

So go ahead, embrace your inner tofu lover, and don’t be afraid to try something new. 

Let me know what’s your take about the raw tofu in the comment section below.

Consider getting my tofu cookbook with over 30 recipes to inspire your next tofu dish – Japanese style, just remember my tips for you.  Link to shop

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