Homemade Crispy Vegan Tofu Nuggets Recipe

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Whether you eat a vegan diet or prefer plant-based foods, you'll want to try these crispy vegan tofu nuggets. Made with marinated tofu and a tasty bread crumb coating, this recipe is perfect when you're craving finger food. Plus, compared to store-bought meatless nuggets, this version is inexpensive (and easy to customize).

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Marinated Tofu

Things You'll Need

  • 14-ounce block extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

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Step 1

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce and spices. Whisk well.

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Step 2

Slice the tofu into small, bite-size squares.

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Step 3

Transfer the tofu to a dish. Add the marinade, making sure to coat each piece of tofu. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

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Batter and Crust Mixture

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup plain, unsweetened, plant-based milk

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • Vegetable or grape-seed oil (or other neutral oil)

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Tip

You can instead use seasoned bread crumbs and skip the additional spices.

Step 1

After the tofu has marinated, prepare the batter and crust mixture.

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In a small bowl, combine the milk and apple cider vinegar. Whisk well.

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Step 2

In a separate bowl, add the flour and cornstarch. Slowly add the milk while stirring until the mixture resembles thick pancake batter. Set it aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Step 3

Combine the bread crumbs and spices in a separate bowl or dish.

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Crispy Vegan Tofu Nuggets

Things You'll Need

  • Marinated tofu

  • Batter

  • Bread crumb mixture

Step 1

Using tongs, dip each piece of marinated tofu into the batter.

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Step 2

Toss the battered tofu in the bread crumbs until fully coated.

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Step 3

Over medium heat, add 1/4 to 1/2 inch of oil to a medium skillet. Cook the tofu until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Rotate and cook the sides until golden brown if needed.

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You'll likely need to work in batches. As you cook the remaining tofu, add more oil as necessary.

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Step 4

Transfer the cooked nuggets to a plate lined with a paper towel.

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Serve with ketchup, honey mustard or your favorite sauce. Yum!

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