Easy Vegan Crispy Fried Tofu Recipe

Fried Tofu
The Spruce
Ratings (93)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
278 Calories
17g Fat
21g Carbs
14g Protein
(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 is great on its own or 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. 

Looking for more easy tofu recipes? Here is a complete list of tofu recipes.


  • 1 block firm or extra firm tofu
  • 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

Steps to Make It

Press the tofu first. This allows the tofu to absorb more of the flavorings and seasonings which you add to it. Not sure how to do that? See this easy step-by-step guide on how to press tofu.

Slice the tofu into 1/2 inch cubes.

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.

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.

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