Breaded, Fried, Softly Spiced Tofu Recipe -
Breaded, Fried, Softly Spiced Tofu Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Breaded, Fried, Softly Spiced Tofu

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"This tofu recipe is completely gorgeous. A former roommate introduced me to some basics with tofu, and over the past few years, I've settled on this ratio of spices and other breading ingredients. The crust on the tofu sticks is tasty and the texture is really wonderful. Serve with a relish or a dip of some sort (I love this with plain yogurt mixed with eggplant brinjal). I usually make this with a cumin-scented rice dish and a garlicky broccoli side."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Cut pressed tofu into 1/2-inch thick slices; then cut again into 1/2-inch wide sticks. Place tofu in a bowl, and pour broth over the top. Set aside to soak.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, yeast, salt, pepper, sage, and cayenne.
  3. Warm oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Remove tofu sticks from broth, and squeeze most (but not all) of the liquid from them. Roll sticks in breading. (You may have to roll sticks twice to end up with a fairly dry outer layer of breading.) Place tofu in hot oil; fry until crisp and browned on all sides. Add more oil if necessary.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 17, 2008

awesome recipe! I did make a couple of changes according to what i had on hand though, but it still came out brilliantly. i'm eating while i type! i "made" the vegetable broth by crumbling a boullion cube in about a cup of water, and let the tofu sit soak while i was mixing the flour. I never measure more accurately than just eyeballing when I cook, but I used about a handful of brown flour (rather than white), and added maybe a tbsp of a curry mix spice (cumin, curry powder, garlic, mustard powder), a large pinch of chili powder, a large pinch of dill, and some fresh ground pepper. i skipped the yeast because i didn't have any (although i am a fan of that stuff). i also didn't add any salt, as boullion cubes are usually loaded with salt already. i used just enough olive oil to coat the bottom of a small frying pan and fried until crispy. yum! and it only took me about 10 minutes in all too!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 28, 2011

Not a typical tofu eater. Tried this recipe because we are trying to incorporate less meat and more protein foods into our diet. Plus my youngest is allergic to pretty much everything. I altered a little with rice flour & used cornstarch. no cayenne pepper. They came out crispy and needing a little salt but good. I will probably use a soy sauce/ lemon mixture to dip them into.

Apr 04, 2008

This is a great way to make tofu more lively! I added extra cayenne ,curry and chili pepper reserving the liquid after taking the tofu out then addng corstartch and making it a sauce with mushrooms ,bean sprouts, onions and scallions in a wok then adding the tofu and serving over rice.

Feb 02, 2007

Very good. I used 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in place of the yeast. I also added salt at the end. To make the frying easier, I used tongs to flip the pieces of tofu. It was very easy that way to brown all sides.

Jul 11, 2007

Great! I served them with quinoa and black beans (from this site) and sprinkled a little soy all over. We both had seconds, and wanted thirds! If you want the tofu a little more dense (than even the extra firm) cut it up, marinade in the veg broth, and stick it in the freezer for a while. You can leave it there for at least a couple weeks, and it becomes more dense. (Freeze in a single layer until frozen) This goes for any tofu recipe, especially those that go on the grill!

Sep 21, 2006

My husband downed these tofu nuggets! I did make changes: I used some cornstarch instead of yeast; I also added some garlic powder to the flour. I didn't soak them in broth first so they kept more tofu flavor (my husband loves it). I fried them in a mix of peanut and sesame oil, and we dipped them in 2 sauces--one was a soy sauce/lemon juice mix, and the other was like marinara sauce. They were a yummy treat.

Nov 15, 2007

My first attempt at making tofu and it turned out great thanks to this recipe! Per the Mock Chicken recipe I put the tofu in the freezer until a day before I needed it when I let it thaw in the refrigerator instead of simmering it in hot water like the recipe indicated. Wrapped in a dish towel I am able to squeeze out a fair amount of liquid without having to place a heavy object on it like I have seen suggested. I did make the mistake of buying firm instead of extra firm tofu but it did not cause any problems. These turned out great crunchy and tasty on the outside with a chicken like texture on the inside. Definitely keeping this one!

Jan 08, 2008

This was excellent! I soaked it in a vegetable broth from a soup the night before, and breaded it with half flour and half onion ring batter mix. We dipped them in a hot and sour sauce and a marinara sauce...made them taste like mozzarella sticks! Thanks for the recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 285 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 17.5 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 3.1 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 16.3 g
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 823 mg
  • 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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