How to Cook a Tofurkey Roast to Perfection | Vegerarchy

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How to Cook a Tofurky Roast to Perfection

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Tofurky Roast has really become a family tradition in my household.

I don’t know when I first starting bringing a Tofurky to holiday gatherings, but I can tell you, it has been at least 20 years!

In that time, I have learned a few things that really help to make sure that the Tofurky is flavorful and moist and, well, cooked to perfection!

I often hear people say that the their Tofurky roast is dry or bland….well, that’s just because they’re not cooking it right![/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_image src=”” _builder_version=”3.21.3″][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.21.3″]When cooked correctly, Tofurky is an excellent replacement for real turkey, and something the whole family can enjoy, whether they are vegan, vegetarian, or not!

In fact, I used to take only one Tofurky roast to the holiday dinner for my little vegetarian family to enjoy while everyone else ate their bird. But after a while, I had to start bringing two because everyone wanted to try some!

And when they found out how delicious it was, well…..I’d have to make sure my little vegetarians got some first before it all disappeared!

That’s why I can pretty much guarantee that your family and friends will love it![/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.21.3″]

Watch the video to see how to Roast a Tofurky to Perfection!

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_video src=”” _builder_version=”3.21.3″][/et_pb_video][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.21.3″]Like I said, I’ve learned a few things about roasting a Tofurky over the years and that’s what I am sharing with you here.

There are basic directions on the box, which are fine, and where I originally started from. But if you really want to cook a Tofurky roast to perfection, follow these tips:[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.21.3″]

1. Use the right cooking vessel

The kind of dish you use to roast the Tofurky is crucial! Often the directions say to wrap it in foil, but that is not how to cook a Tofurky to perfection!

What you really need is something that will hold in the moisture of the marinade without any spills, and without risk of burning. This will keep the Tofurky nice and moist and allow it to absorb all the delicious flavors from the marinade.

I have always used one of these beautiful terra cotta pots called a Romertopf. These dishes are imported from Germany.

I was lucky enough to find one of these, unused, in my mother-in-law’s attic. She let me take it, and after 20 years or so, it is well broken in and well loved![/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.21.3″]

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How to care for your Romertopf clay baking dish

– When you first get your Romertopf, soak both the bottom and the lid for about 30 minutes in room temperature water. Scrub lightly with a brush and rinse to remove any particles left from the manufacturing process.

– Each time you use your Romertopf, soak the lid in water for 15 minutes (you don’t have to soak the bottom because it is glazed). If you don’t have time, run it under some water for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

– Put your ingredients in the dish and put it into a cold oven so that it can warm up with the temperature of the oven.

– To clean your Romertopf, use hot water, baking soda, and a cleaning brush. Do not use soap.

– Avoid taking it from one temperature extreme to another. For example, do not place a hot baking dish into cold water.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.21.3″][/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.21.3″]A larger ceramic baking dish with a snug lid will also work well for roasting your Tofurky. Maybe you already have one of these at home, but if you don’t, you can try out this one from Amazon. These dishes are very sturdy and will last a lifetime when treated with care. In fact, mine is over 50 years old!

 One last choice that you may already have at home is a Dutch Oven. If you don’t already have one, it is a very worthwhile investment because it will last a lifetime and you can make so many delicious meals in it, from soup and stews to bread, and yes, Tofurky![/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.21.3″][/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.21.3″]

2. Cook your veggies in the same dish

Additionally, I like to add potatoes and veggies to the roasting dish, so that they can absorb all those yummy flavors too, as well as imparting their own flavors into the Tofurky roast. It also saves a lot of time cooking, because it’s all in one pot!

You can add whatever veggies you want, but I pretty much always include potatoes. This ensures that while the mashed potatoes on the table might be laden with butter and cream, you will have some delicious vegan potatoes to enjoy too!

I also like to add things like onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and garlic, or try broccoli and cauliflower, or even brussels sprouts![/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_image src=”” _builder_version=”3.21.3″][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.21.3″]

3. Use a delicious marinade

Back when I started buying Tofurky roasts, there was a different marinade recipe on the box than there is now. The one printed on the label nowadays is basically just olive oil, sage, salt, and pepper. But the original marinade was much more tasty (in my opinion), and is basically what I still use today.

It just takes a few simple ingredients and a couple minutes of time to take your Tofurky roast to the next level!

The ingredients I use are:

Orange juice

Tamari or soy sauce

Olive oil (optional)

Brown sugar (also optional)

Dried sage

Black pepper

The measurements and directions are provided in the printable recipe card below.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_image src=”” _builder_version=”3.21.3″][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.21.3″]The orange juice adds a really nice tang that I love, with a little additional sweetness from the brown sugar should you choose to use it. These ingredients also help create a nice caramelization on the Tofurky and help balance the favors from the other ingredients.

Tamari lends the saltiness needed to combat any blandness, and the sage and black pepper just add a nice complimentary flavor.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.21.3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.21.3″]

That’s it! Simple, right?

It really couldn’t be easier to cook a Tofurky roast to perfection when you follow these 3 tips.

Just make sure to:

1. Use the right baking dish with a snug lid

2. Cook some veggies in the same dish

3. Use a delicious marinade

I hope that you try this out for your next holiday gathering. I am sure that you and your guests will love it and it will become a family tradition like it has for us!

If you do try this recipe, please let me know what you think in the comments below. I would really appreciate the feedback!

Happy cooking!


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The Perfect Tofurky Roast

If you've tried roasting a Tofurky with less than perfect results, try this recipe and you will be delighted with the results!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 1 Tofurky roast thawed for 24 hours


  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp. Tamari or soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. dried sage
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Veggies (optional)

  • 3-5 large garlic cloves
  • 3 large potatoes cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 medium onion chopped


  1. After thawing the Tofurky for at least 12 hours, remove the plastic wrap and place the roast in a clay baking dish or Pyrex dish with a lid. If you don't have either of these, place in a baking dish with foil to cover.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

  3. Place all the marinade ingredients in a bowl or large measuring cup and stir together.

  4. Chop all the veggies and add them to the baking dish with the Tofurky.

    Pour half of the marinade over the Tofurky and the veggies.

  5. Cover with the lid and put in the preheated oven.

    Cook for 50 minutes. After 50 minutes, turn the Tofurkey over with some tongs and pour the rest of the marinade over the roast and the veggies.

    Cook for another 30 minutes.

  6. Your Tofurky is ready! Slice into pieces about 3/4" – 1" thick and serve with the veggies and some vegan gravy.

2 thoughts on “How to Cook a Tofurkey Roast to Perfection | Vegerarchy

  1. I would like to your tofurkey roast for Thanksgiving. I do not see the measurements and temperature and time to cook on your website. Can you send me the recipe?


    1. Hi! Thanks for your feedback. I don’t know what happened to the original recipe card, but the recipe is there now. Just scroll to the bottom of the post. Thanks for your interest in my recipe! It is a good one!

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