Easy Vegan Crispy Fried Tofu

Fried Tofu
The Spruce
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
278 Calories
17g Fat
21g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 278
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 655mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 14g
Calcium 398mg 31%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Tofu can be pan-fried in just a little bit of oil (after it's drained and well-pressed, of course). It's just fine fried up on its own, but a little salt, garlic, and nutritional yeast will completely transform it. Here's one easy recipe for making a nice and crispy fried tofu that you'll want to bookmark and use again and again. 

Fried tofu can be dipped in just about any kind of sauce: barbecue sauce, vegan ranch dressing, honey mustard, Chinese hoisin sauce or even wing sauce. You can also use fried tofu in any vegetable stir-fry, fried rice, or a vegetarian curry or noodle dish, or just about anything, really. I like to add fried tofu to vegetarian soups and salads for extra protein and a bit of crunchy texture.

This Chinese-inspired fried tofu recipe is both vegetarian and vegan. Use a gluten-free flour in this recipe if you need your fried tofu to be gluten-free as well. 

Ingredients

  • 1 block tofu (firm or extra-firm)
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Crispy Fried Tofu Ingredients
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  2. pressing tofu
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  3. Slice the tofu into 1/2-inch cubes.

    cube tofu
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  4. In a small bowl, combine the tofu with the remaining ingredients, except the oil, and toss gently to coat the tofu well. Or, place all ingredients in a zip-lock bag or covered container and shake well.

    adding seasonings
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  5. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and add the tofu. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown and lightly crispy.

    Crispy Fried Tofu in Skillet
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • Pressing the tofu allows the tofu to absorb more of the flavorings and seasonings which you add to it.
  • If the paper towels become too wet after absorbing the initial moisture, you may want to place the tofu on a second, fresh layer of paper towels.
  • If you would like a firmer and "chewier" version of tofu for this recipe, feel free to freeze it for up to 30 minutes after you press and cut it.

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