If you’re just starting to cook and eat tofu, this is the perfect recipe to start with! There is a learning curve when it comes to cooking tofu, but some cooking techniques are harder than others. As oven-baked tofu recipes usually go, this Tofu Fries Recipe is simple and perfect for beginners!
When you first go vegan or vegetarian and start eating tofu instead of meat, it’s normal and completely fine to be a little hesitant — I know I was. I remember thinking, “How can I ever make this white block taste good?”
The key is to ease yourself into it — instead of sautéing some unpressed tofu on the stove and adding a sauce, first use some techniques that are also used when cooking meat, such as breading it or letting it marinate overnight.
✅ Non-Vegan Approved: Not only are these breaded tofu fries easy to make, but they are very similar in taste to breaded chicken tenders or chicken fries! None of my family members are vegan, but when I made these for everybody, they were gone in the blink of an eye (with no complaints)!
Tofu fries make a perfect appetizer or snack. The protein-loaded vegan finger food will leave you satisfied and full of energy. Dip them in any or all of your favorite dipping sauces (Vegan dipping sauces, of course 😉)!
Tofu Fries Ingredients
- Extra Firm Tofu
- Plant-based Milk
- All-Purpose Flour
- Panko Bread Crumbs
- Garlic Powder
- Olive Oil
The first and most important step to make tofu fries is to press the tofu well. If you’ve never pressed tofu before, check out my guide on how to press tofu without a press. The more water you press out of the tofu, the easier it will be to bread. If the tofu is still filled with water and flimsy, it will be very difficult to work with, and it won’t have the best texture when baked.
After you’ve pressed your tofu, preheat your oven to 475°F. You might want to prepare your baking sheet now as well. The breading process is kind of messy, and it will be easier to have your baking sheet ready to go. Add a layer of olive oil to the bottom of the baking sheet and set to the side.
Once everything is ready, slice your tofu into fries. The tofu fries should be the length of the shorter side of the tofu. Cut 1/3″-wide strips across the tofu, and then cut those new strips in half. This should make between 18–20 fries.
When the whole block of tofu is cut into fries, prepare your two dipping stations. In one bowl, combine the flour and plant-based milk. This should form a semi-thick paste. In a second bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, seasonings, and olive oil and mix well.
Now you are ready to begin breading the tofu! One by one, take a tofu stick, dip it in the plant-milk paste, and then cover it in the breadcrumb mixture. There are two tips for getting the perfect breading: 1) After dipping the tofu in the paste, let some of the liquid drip off. 2) When coating it in breadcrumbs, really press the breadcrumbs into the fry. This will make the coating as thick as possible without having to double bread it!
Place each fry onto the baking sheet and pop it in the oven. To make sure they are evenly crispy, let them bake for 15 minutes, flip them, and bake them for another 15 minutes. Take them out of the oven and serve with your favorite dipping sauces!
How to Store Tofu Fries
If you don’t finish all of the fries, you can store them in the refrigerator for later! Because they are made with tofu, store them in an airtight container for up to 4 days. When you are ready to eat them, reheat them in the oven for 10–15 minutes at 350°F!
- Tofu Press
- 1 block extra-firm tofu
- ½ cup + 2 tbsp plant-based milk
- ½ cup flour all-purpose
- 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp oregano
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1-½ tbsp olive oil
- Press the tofu
- Preheat oven to 475°F. Grease a baking sheet with olive oil.
- In one bowl, combine the plant-based milk and the flour and mix well (It should form a paste). In another bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, seasonings, and olive oil.
- Cut the tofu into small strips about ⅓" thick. The strips should be as long as the shorter side of the block of tofu.
- One by one, dip the tofu strips into the plant-milk paste and then coat with the bread crumb mixture.*
- Place all of the tofu fries on the greased baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Serve with your favorite vegan dipping sauces!