Breaded, Fried, Softly Spiced Tofu

Breaded, Fried, Softly Spiced Tofu

Everyday Cooking Vegan

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.

Servings per recipe: 4
Calories per serving: 285
Preparation time: 15m
Total cooking time: 30m


  • 1 (16 ounce) package extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • 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.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 17.5g 27%
    Saturated Fat 2.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg  
Sodium 823mg 33%
Potassium 294mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 18.9g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3.1g 12%
Protein 16.3g 33%
Sugars 2g  
Vitamin A 605IU  
Vitamin C 1mg  
Calcium 213mg  
Iron 3mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 25mg  
Vitamin B6 4mg  
Magnesium 64mg  
Folate 138mcg