Tofu is my JAM y’all! For the life of me, I can’t understand why people don’t like it. Especially after having tried one of my delicious tofu recipes! I love tofu because it’s extremely versatile and makes for a great meat substitute. Can’t you tell? Look at these Crispy Baked Breaded Tofu photos!
How to Get Crispy Tofu Without Frying
As you may have noticed from the title of this post, this crispy breaded tofu is BAKED! I love fried foods just as much as the next person, but I especially love it when I can achieve the same crispy texture without all the extra grease. In the past, I’ve made crispy breaded tofu using the air fryer, but I realize that everyone doesn’t own one so I opted to share an oven version that’s just as good.
Breading the tofu is key. This breading includes a combination of panko breadcrumbs, regular breadcrumbs, seasoning and cornstarch. The cornstarch gives it a little extra crispiness! In addition, it’s important to spray the tofu with an oil of your choice. Not only does the oil help to brown the breading, it also helps to achieve the desired crispiness you’re looking for. The same way oil makes traditionally fried food crispy. Skipping the oil will result in ashy looking tofu, so don’t even think about it! If you want crispy baked breaded tofu, be sure to follow these steps!
How Long to Bake Crispy Tofu
Would you believe this tofu is done baking in just 30 minutes?! Yep, that’s it! After 15 minutes, just flip this Crispy Baked Breaded Tofu over and cook it for an additional 15 minutes. Flipping the tofu pieces over is important so that both sides get a chance to brown equally.
Tips for Making this Crispy Baked Breaded Tofu
Did you previously eat meat? You wouldn’t eat chicken without seasoning it would you? Well the same rule applies for tofu. As you see in the recipe card, I used coconut aminos to loosely marinate each piece of tofu before applying the breading. This will help give the tofu a little more flavor. If you want to get adventurous and opt for another marinade instead, go for it!
Be gentle. Although I’ve used a flax egg to help the breading stick to the tofu, it’s important to be gentle when handling the tofu pieces once you’ve dipped it in the breading mixture so that you don’t lose it while transferring the tofu from the dipping dish to the baking sheet. This also includes when it’s time to flip it over. I used a pair of tongs to help with this.
Can Crispy Tofu Be Reheated?
Good news! This Crispy Baked Breaded Tofu can be reheated!! Get hype! And yes, it’s great the next day! Actually, it’s great for a few days after. I made this on Sunday and I’ve been eating it all week for dinner.
Wondering how to reheat it? You’ve got two options: put it back in the oven or pop it in the air fryer. If you have an air-fryer, this will be the quickest way to get ‘er done. I put mine in for about 7-8 minutes on 370° and used a rack to place it on. Didn’t even need to flip it over! If you’re reheating these in the oven, set it to 400° and let it cook on each side for about 15-20 minutes.
I know you’ll love this Crispy Baked Breaded Tofu recipe! It’s easy to make and they’re super versatile. Enjoy them as is, topped with your favorite bbq sauce, hot sauce, or even as a sandwich! Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!
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Crispy Baked Breaded Tofu
- 1 block extra firm tofu drained and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
- coconut aminos to taste
- 2 tbsp flax seed meal + 6 tbsp water
- ¼ cup unseasoned panko bread crumbs
- ½ cup regular unseasoned bread crumbs
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- Preheat oven to 425°
- In a medium sized dish appropriate for dipping rectangular pieces, combine the flaxseed meal and water. Set aside. The mixture will begin to thicken and resemble an egg yolk.
- In another medium sized dish appropriate for dipping rectangular pieces, combine all of the ingredients for dish 2.
- Drizzle each piece of tofu with a generous amount of coconut aminos and set aside.
- One at a time, coat each piece of tofu in the flax meal mixture, then transfer to the breading mixture, then gently pick up and transfer to a baking pan lined with foil. Repeat this process until each piece of tofu is breaded.
- Spray with oil of your choice on each side. Bake for 30 minutes, carefully flipping halfway through.
- Once done baking, pair with your favorite sides and enjoy!