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Crispy Breaded Tofu Strips

Spicy Crispy Breaded Tofu Strips. Marinated Tofu breaded and grilled or baked. Flavorful and easy. Vegan Holiday Side. Vegan Recipe. Can be made gluten-free with glutenfree bread crumbs. Easily doubled. Glutenfree option
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: panko breaded tofu, vegan breaded tofu
Servings: 6
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Vegan Richa


Tofu Marinade:

  • 14 oz extra firm or firm tofu pressed (I usually use Nasoya Organic non gmo)
  • 1 tbsp low sodium tamari/soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or other sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce optional
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala or 1/2 tsp ground cumin and 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch or tapioca starch (optional, helps the breadcrumbs stick better during grilling)

Breadcrumb coating:

  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs , use gluten-free crumbs to make gf
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional


  • Slice the slab into 6 to 8 rectangles. Press the tofu for half an hour between kitchen towels and under a heavy weight to remove excess moisture. or use Tofu press (before or after slicing).
  • Mix the marinade ingredients. (Add 1/2 tsp cornstarch to the marinade for extra binding). Dip the tofu in the marinade and coat all sides to make an even coating that is not too thick or too thin. Place the tofu strips in a container with a lid.
  • Refrigerate for atleast half an hour or longer.
  • Mix everything under breadcrumb coating. If the breadcrumbs are too large, pulse them a few times in a blender and use.
  • Place each tofu strip in the breadcrumb mixture. Flip to coat all sides
  • Heat a grill pan over medium high heat on the stove. Brush oil on the pan and place the breaded tofu on the pan. Cook 7 to 9 minutes each side or until brown strips appear.
  • Serve with sauces of choice like vegan ranch or a dash of lemon, or slice and to salads, bowls, wraps, sandwiches, etc. Pictured with Butternut Squash Pilaf.


To bake: Bake at preheated 425 degrees F for 30 minutes or longer until crisp, flipping half way through.
You can grill the baked tofu over high heat to get grill marks.
For a stickier marinade, add 2 tsp flax seed meal and mix in. Let sit for 2 minutes, then coat tofu in the marinade.
Nutritional information based on 1 serving


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 545mg | Potassium: 181mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1.7% | Vitamin C: 0.8% | Calcium: 4.6% | Iron: 7.8%