Breaded and Fried Tofu Sticks: Perfect for Kids!

Easy fried and breaded tofu sticks ready to get dipped!
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings

You can eat these little breaded and fried tofu sticks on their own or dipped in just about any kind of sauce: Ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce or a vegan ranch dressing would all be delicious. I like sweet honey mustard and Thai chili sauce, too. 


  • 1 block tofu (firm or extra-firm tofu, well-pressed; about 1 pound)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup liquid sweetener (use maple syrup, agave nectar or brown rice syrup)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (seasoned)
  • Oil (for frying)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. First, prepare your tofu. Like most vegan tofu recipes, this one will taste best if you press the tofu first.

  3. Slice the tofu into desired "finger" shapes, about 1/2-inch wide and 1/2-inch thick. Arrange tofu pieces in a wide, shallow container

  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, and liquid sweetener. Pour this mixture over the tofu slices, and allow to marinate for at least one hour, and up to overnight. The longer the better! Turn the tofu occasionally to ensure all sides are well coated.

  5. In a shallow dish, place the breadcrumbs. Remove tofu from marinade and bread the marinated tofu slices.

  6. Fry the breaded tofu slices in oil over medium heat until golden brown on all sides. Gently remove from oil and allow excess oil to drain on paper towels.

  7. Serve your fried tofu fingers with a dipping sauce, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, hot mustard or an Asian plum sauce. Enjoy!


  • Don't skip pressing the tofu. This allows the tofu to absorb more of the flavorings and seasonings which you add to it.