Soy Cheese Recipe

This excellent soy cheese recipe will enable you to make your own delicious homemade vegetarian cheese. Everyone seems to enjoy this particular version. We named this Zen Soy Cheese because it is our adaptation of the standard midday meal we have often enjoyed at the Rochester Zen Center in New York State.

[Since we published this page, it has now become available on their website.]

As with all our recipes, if they are available, organic ingredients are a healthier choice and the best choice for our planet.



Soy Cheese Recipe Ingredients



If you would like to read more in depth about healthy eating, see our recommended reading list near the bottom of this page.

For this recipe:

  • 3 (15 ounce) packages firm or extra firm tofu
  • 2.25 fluid ounces soy or dairy milk powder
  • 1 1/3 tablespoons of organic oil
  • sea salt to taste (about ½ teaspoon)
  • 3.4 fluid ounces tamari
  • 2.8 fluid ounces cider apple vinegar
  • 2.8 fluid ounces tahini (ground sesame seeds)
  • 2.8 fluid ounces organic honey

Use organic ingredients as far as possible.

Recipe Method


You will need a large pot, medium bowl, large bowl, masher, and a covered container.

(a) Remove tofu from packages and drain.

(b) Cut the blocks into thirds. Boil them in water for ten minutes.

(c) Meanwhile, whisk all the other ingredients together in a bowl until smooth and all lumps have disappeared.

(d) After the tofu has cooked, drain it well for ten minutes (using a colander, clean cloth, or paper towels). Then put it in a large bowl.

(e) Mash the tofu until it has an even texture that is close to the texture of cottage cheese. Be careful not to leave lumps too large or to mash too finely.

(f) Add the other ingredient mixture to the tofu. Stir well. Refrigerate (at least) seven hours until thoroughly chilled.

This recipe will yield about 7 cups. The food counts are listed as follows:

Total calories / grams of proteins / grams of carbs / grams of fat (grams of saturated facts, if any).

Carbs listed are "net."

Approximate food counts per ½ cup serving: 192 / 11.6 / 13 / 11 (2)

Serving suggestions: serve with a large green salad for a cold (quick!), nutritious, delicious meal.

Again, this delicious recipe is a standard midday meal option at the Rochester Zen Center in upstate New York.

[Someone reduced its quantities slightly differently for the version published on the RZC website.]

In case you want to make a large batch, here are the original quantities for this soy cheese recipe: 10 lbs. tofu, 1 cup soy or dairy milk powder, 1/3 cup canola oil, 1 T salt, 1 ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, 1 ½ cup tamari, 1 ¼ cup tahini, and 1 ¼ cup honey.

This completes the recipe.

We hope that you enjoy it!


Here are some initial book suggestions; all have healthy eating recipes.

  • Eades, Eades, & Solom's The Low-Carb Comfort Food Cookbook
  • Cordain's The Paleo Diet Cookbook
  • Wolf's The Paleo Solution



If you would like another Soy Cheese Recipe, you can search the World Wide Web for lots of good choices.

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