Recipe: Crispy Fried Tofu

In Recipes on May 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Tofu is an important part of a vegetarian diet. In many cases it’s the main source of protein in a meal. I know when I first decided to be a vegetarian, I wasn’t too keen on having to incorporate this white mushy sponge, as I liked to refer it, into my new diet.

However I trudged on, researching endless for tofu recipes that I would try, and hopefully like. When my cousin finally heard my plea for help, she suggested that I try to fry the tofu on the stove. I definitely heard of this method being done before, but I wasn’t sure just how to do it. Going back to my research, I found one fried tofu recipe that looked easy and was just what I was looking for

Below is the recipe, exactly what it called for:

Crispy Fried Tofu Recipe


  • 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


  1. Slice the tofu into 1/2 inch cubes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 and plum sauce.

And that’s it!

Crispy fried tofu is delicious on its own, or dipped in any sauce you like. You can add it to a stir fry, fried rice, noodle dish, soup, salad or whatever your creative imagination takes you! This Chinese-inspired tofu has a bit of a crunch and is both vegetarian and vegan.

When I made it I didn’t have any nutritional yeast, so I would say it is optional, since it still tasted fine without it. In the picture above I paired it with a Chinese plum sauce and dipped it as if it were chicken-nuggets like back in my McDonald-loving days.

Let me know if you tried this recipe out, or if you have one of your own please share it with me.

Peace out,

Moon Appleby


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