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Fried Tofu

  • Author: Iosune
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Total: 20 mins
  • 2-4 1x
  • How to
  • American
  • Vegan

Servings 2-4 1x

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Fried tofu, a delicious way of incorporating good-quality vegan protein into your diet. It requires only 6 ingredients and just 20 minutes!


  • 12 ounces firm tofu (340 g), cubed
  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 36 tbsp cornstarch, see notes
  • 12 tbsp oil of your choice, I used extra virgin olive oil. Add more oil if needed


  1. Add the tofu cubes, tamari or soy sauce, garlic powder, and black pepper to a large bowl, mix until well combined, and let it rest for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Drain the tofu and transfer 1/3 of the tofu cubes into a freezer bag with 1 or 2 tbsp of cornstarch and toss to coat. Repeat this step with the remaining tofu and cornstarch. Add more cornstarch if needed.
  3. If you don’t want to use a freezer or plastic bag, just add the cornstarch to a shallow dish, then the tofu cubes and toss to coat.
  4. Once the tofu cubes are coated with the cornstarch, heat the oil in a skillet or a pan and add the tofu cubes. I used extra virgin olive oil, but any oil will do. 
  5. Cook the tofu cubes over medium-high heat until all sides are golden brown. Remove the tofu from the skillet and place it onto a plate or a wire rack. 
  6. Serve immediately with dishes like vegetable tempura, sauteed kale, vegan stuffed peppers, or even roasted red peppers.
  7. Keep the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.


  • To make this fried tofu recipe I usually add 6 tbsp of cornstarch because I like my tofu cubes super crispy, but you can use only 3 tbsp or even less of it. It would probably turn out well if you used a different type of flour, although I’ve never tried it myself.
  • Feel free to add any herbs and spices you want.
  • You can also replace the tamari or soy sauce with salt to taste.
  • Firm or extra firm tofu are the best choices for this fried tofu recipe, as silken or other soft tofu types wouldn’t work as well.
  • Onion powder and nutritional yeast are also good choices to make your tofu taste amazing.
  • I never press my tofu because it saves some time and I don’t think it makes a real difference. I just drain the tofu and discard the liquid. However, feel free to press it if you want to. To do it, just wrap it with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels and apply some steady pressure until all the excess moisture is removed.
  • For a gluten-free version of this recipe, use tamari instead of soy sauce.
  • You could also air fry it, check out this air fryer tofu recipe!


  • Serving Size: 2 servings
  • Calories: 280
  • Sugar: 1.3 g
  • Sodium: 526 mg
  • Fat: 14.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.1 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 15.1 g