Kid-friendly tofu nuggets are reminiscent of chicken nuggets and can be dipped in ketchup, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing or any of your favorite salad dressings. In this recipe, tofu is coated in a seasoned breadcrumb mixture, just like chicken, then baked or fried to crispy, addicting perfection. Yum. You can either bake or fry these easy tofu nuggets. The perfect snack or dinner for picky vegetarian and vegan eaters!
If you're new to cooking with tofu, these little breaded tofu nuggets are one of the best recipes to try, in my opinion, because the flavors are so familiar, and you really don't feel like you're eating tofu at all. Another good recipe for tofu novices? Try this simple baked tofu recipe such as this two-ingredient barbecue baked tofu.
These baked and breaded tofu nuggets are both vegetarian and vegan.
- 1 block firm or extra-firm tofu, pressed
- 1/3 cup soy milk or another non-dairy milk substitute
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley or Italian seasoning blend (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or seasoned salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
- 3/4 cup bread crumbs (panko will also work)
First, prepare your tofu. Like most vegan tofu recipes, this one will taste best if you press the tofu first. This allows the tofu to absorb more of the flavorings and seasonings which you add to it. If you're new to vegetarian cooking and you're not sure how to press tofu, see this easy step-by-step guide: How to press tofu.
Once your tofu is pressed, slice your tofu into the desired shapes. For this recipe, 1-inch cubes, "finger" shapes or nuggets (about the size of frozen chicken nuggets) are all fine.
Take each piece of tofu and dip it in the soymilk and mustard mixture, then carefully dip it in the breadcrumbs until it is well coated.
Fry each piece of tofu in heated oil until golden brown on all sides.
Serve your vegetarian tofu nuggets with ketchup, barbecue sauce or other dipping sauce (I like Sriracha sauce) and enjoy!
For a lower fat alternative, you can also bake your tofu nuggets. Lay each tofu piece on a covered baking sheet in a single layer and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, turning once, until golden brown.
Makes 2-3 servings of vegetarian tofu nuggets.
Nutritional information (from Calorie Count: Nutritional information based on baked (not fried) tofu nuggets:
Calories: 294, Calories from Fat: 75
% Daily Value
Total Fat: 8.3g, 13%
Saturated Fat: 1.2g, 6%
Cholesterol: 0mg 0%
Sodium: 909mg, 38%
Total Carbohydrates: 40.9g, 14%
Dietary Fiber: 5.7g, 23%
Vitamin A 1%, Vitamin C 3%, Calcium 25%, Iron 29%
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- Vegetarian Tofu Chili
- Tofu Manicotti Recipe
- Sweet and Sour Tofu with Vegetables
- Broccoli and Tofu in Garlic Sauce
- Tofu Sloppy Joes
- Tofu Veggie Burgers
- Thai-style Stir-Fry with Tofu and Hoisin Sauce
- Curried Walnut and Tofu Salad
- Easy BBQ Tofu Recipe
- Tofu Egg Salad Recipe
- Tofu and Veggie Enchiladas