Crispy Tofu Bites


Today is my birthday, and of course there is no better way to celebrate than with crispy tofu, right?  Can I get a fist pump in support?  Who the heck needs cake when you can have soy beans?  haha.  Just kidding.  I just happened to see this recipe on Mary Ellen’s website during my friend Sarah’s swap and figured there was no time like the present to tackle crispy fried tofu.  I really wanted to make the cinnamon roll muffins, but since better health is the name of the game right now, I avoided those sweet, sticky, gooey bits of goodness.  Sigh.  (Don’t feel too bad.  I share a birthday weekend with my nephew and am sure to have plenty of cake at his party on Sunday.)

Funny thing is, I made these for Lily to try since she’s such a good eater and really likes those veggie fake chicken (a.k.a. “ficken”) nuggets.  And she was so good and tried them with only a bribe of 1 m&m.  But then she cried.  Not in a good way.  I’ll keep trying though because these are really easy to make, are crispy crunchy, and if Mary Ellen can ger her kid to like them then darnit, I can, too!


Crispy Tofu Bites

1/4 block of extra firm tofu, pressed (you want to get the water out), then cut into rectangles (I did them thinner than cubes to make them crispier)
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
Dash of garlic powder, onion powder, and salt
1 egg
~3 tbsp olive oil (enough to coat the bottom of the pan)

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat.  Mix the bread crumbs with the garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.  Dip tofu in egg, then coat with bread crumb mixture.  Cook approximately 1 min per side, until golden brown. Once done, transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

Cool slightly before serving.

Source: adapted from Mary Ellen’s Cooking Creations

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  1. These look and sound SO good!

  2. They look so gorgeously crispy! Yum!

  3. Happy Birthday! These look great. I love the story about your little girl, so funny!

  4. These look really yummy – like fried mozzarella squares!! :) Happy Birthday girl, hope it’s a great one!!

  5. Keep offering them to Lily – eventually, she might change her mind!

    I’m not great at using tofu in cooking, but this looks really delicious. Enough to experiment with, for sure!

  6. Lindsay, great idea….I’ve usually just dredged in a bit of corn meal, but I like your idea of the egg wash and seasoned panko much better….will definitely try this next time.


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