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Crispy Pan-Fried Tofu

Okay tofu skeptics, we have a recipe that may have you rethinking your tofu aversion.

This is one of my favorite ways to make tofu! Savory game on point thanks to soy sauce, nutritional yeast, & garlic. I’m a big fan of dusting the pressed tofu in corn starch, pan frying, and then adding sauces and spices.

Having quality non-stick pans will make frying the tofu SO MUCH easier. 

Crispy Pan-Fried Tofu
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 block 12oz extra firm tofu, drained and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup oil for frying
  • ½ teaspoon each turmeric thyme, ground cumin, and curry powder
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ jalapeño deseeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  1. In a bowl, mix together the corn starch, pepper, and salt. Dust each tofu cube into the starch mix and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and sauté tofu over high heat for 6-8 minutes, until tofu is golden. Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to do this in multiple batches.
  3. Once crispy, add the spices and stir until tofu is uniformly yellow.

  4. Then add garlic, chili, tamari, and nutritional yeast. Sauté a little longer, until golden brown. Enjoy with your favorite grains and vegetables!


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