Baked Crispy Tofu Nugget

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The most amazing vegetarian nuggets are baked to crispy perfection. They’re so good that you might finish a few servings in one sitting! {Vegan, Vegetarian}

The most amazing vegetarian nuggets are baked to crispy perfection. They’re the perfect appetizer for your next game day party or movie night snack.

I’m not a huge sports fan but I get super excited about football season every year, because it is the time that friends gather to have fun and enjoy party food. Recently I noticed that I’m getting more and more requests for vegetarian snacks. That’s why I developed these vegan crispy tofu nuggets that taste even better than chicken nuggets!

These tofu nuggets are perfect for your next game day party, because they are fussless to prepare, extra yummy, and even taste great when cold. I developed a batter that not only makes the tofu extra flavorful without marinating, but also is more adhesive than the average egg wash and can easily coat the tofu with more breadcrumbs. That equals extra crunchiness.

Baked Crispy Tofu Nugget Cooking Process

The most amazing vegetarian nuggets are baked to crispy perfection. They’re the perfect appetizer for your next game day party or movie night snack.

The recipe works great for baked tofu or fried tofu. If you want your tofu nuggets to have that beautiful, even, golden color, you need to deep-fry them. However I always opt to bake them. They might not look as perfect, but believe me, nobody will notice because they’ll be gone in a few seconds.

To make great tofu nuggets that hold together, here are a few things to note:

  1. Make sure you use firm tofu. Extra firm tofu works even better.
  2. Squeeze the water out of the tofu and dry it thoroughly, so your nuggets won’t turn out soggy.
  3. Cut the tofu into even chunks that are about 1/3 of an inch thick, so they will come out crunchy and be cooked thoroughly.

Baked Crispy Tofu Nugget Cooking Process

To serve these tofu nuggets, there are a few options such as the classic ranch or ketchup. However my favorite dipping sauce is Thai sweet chili sauce. My other favorite sauce is this homemade vegan Sriracha mayo.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is that you can prepare the tofu in advance, bring it to the party, and reheat it in the oven or serve it cold. The breadcrumbs will stay crunchy and crispy no matter what.

Definitely try out these crispy tofu nuggets for your next game day party. Even if you’re not a football fan, make some for movie night and I’m sure everybody will love them!

The most amazing vegetarian nuggets are baked to crispy perfection. They’re the perfect appetizer for your next game day party or movie night snack.

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The most amazing vegetarian nuggets are baked to crispy perfection. They’re the perfect appetizer for your next game day party or movie night snack.

Baked Crispy Tofu Nugget


  • Author: Maggie Zhu
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4

Description

The most amazing vegetarian nuggets are baked to crispy perfection. They’re the perfect appetizer for your next game day party.


Ingredients

Batter

  • 8 tablespoons soy milk (or other plant-based milk)
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley or Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Coating

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal

Serving options

  • Thai sweet chili sauce, ketchup, Sriracha sauce, or mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F (200 C). Spray a thin layer of oil onto a baking tray.
  2. Carefully press the tofu with your hands. Wrap a few layers of cheesecloth (or kitchen paper towels) around it to absorb the extra liquid. Cut tofu into squares that are about 1/3-inch (1-cm) thick and 2-inches (4-cm) long.
  3. Mix the batter in a large bowl. Mix the panko and cornmeal in another bowl.
  4. Set up your workstation by placing the batter, plate of panko mixture, and the baking tray all in a row.
  5. Pick up a piece of tofu with your hand and dunk it into the batter. Then place it into the panko bowl, flip to coat the other side, then transfer it onto the baking tray. Repeat the process with the remaining tofu.
  6. Spray tofu with a thin layer of oil. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, flipping once in between, until both surfaces turn golden.
  7. Serve hot or cold with homemade sweet chili sauce, ketchup, Sriracha sauce, or mayonnaise.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 245
  • Sugar: 3.5g
  • Sodium: 507mg
  • Fat: 6.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.9g
  • Fiber: 3.3g
  • Protein: 14.2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
The most amazing vegetarian nuggets are baked to crispy perfection. They’re the perfect appetizer for your next game day party or movie night snack.

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14 thoughts on “Baked Crispy Tofu Nugget

  1. Hongkongellie

    Wonderful recipes, thank you so much for taking the time to perfect them before passing on.

    Reply
  2. Stuart

    Excellent treat/recipe. Made this recipe two nights ago and will definitely do again. Perhaps not as crispy as deep fried but way more healthier. Next time I’ll spend a bit more time on getting water out of the tofu – maybe that will crisp them up even more. Please keep up the great work.

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    1. Maggie

      Hi Rob, I’m glad to hear you tried this recipe! Yeah I admit the texture of fried food is hard to replace, but I do like the crunchy texture of this one. And yes, squeeze out more water does help. Hope you’re having a great start of the New Year and I’m happy to hear from you 🙂

      Reply
  3. Vix

    Maggie, my family is vegan/vegetarian and we all loved this tofu recipe so much. I made some vegetable stir-fry and topped it with these delicious nuggets. I’m sure it will become a staple in our dinner rotation. Thank you so much for posting it.

    Reply
    1. Maggie

      Hi Vix, I’m so glad to hear you like the recipe! It’s such a great idea to serve veggie stir fries with it. Yum! Can’t wait to try it out myself the next time. Have a great day!

      Reply