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Chicken Fried Tofu

Chicken Fried Tofu

Delicious crispy vegan chicken fried tofu recipe that's that perfect meat alternative!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American


  • 2 lbs Extra firm tofu cut into 12 pieces


  • 3 tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp Tamari or soy sauce
  • 10 cups Water to completely cover the tofu

Buttermilk Mixture

  • 2 tbsp Boxed egg replacer + 3/4 cups water mixed well
  • 2 cups Unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar

Breading Mixture

  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp Nutritional yeast
  • 2 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 3/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Savoury
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Sage
  • 1/2 tsp Dill
  • 1/2 tsp Marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander
  • 1 Pinch of cayenne pepper or more to taste
  • 1 Pinch of red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • Oil enough for deep frying


  • Dice the tofu to your desired size. 
  • In a large bowl, mix together the 3 tbsp of salt, 1/2 cup of pineapple juice, 2 tbsp of soy sauce, and 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar.
    Fill the rest of the bowl with water and let sit for 2-4 hours refrigerated.
  • Gather the buttermilk mixture and mix them in a large bowl. Place the marinated tofu in the mixture and let sit while you prepare the breading mix.
    *Note: At the last minute I realized that I was all out of Almond Milk and decided to try subbing for water. Worked great!
  • Gather up all of your seasonings along with the flour and nutritional yeast. Whisk together.
    *Note- I did not have the following seasonings: savoury, sage, dill, marjoram, or coriander. Still turned out great!
  • In a pan that's appropriate for frying, fill with enough oil to cover most of the tofu. Set the stove a bit under medium, but not too low. If you have a cooking thermometer, it should stay between 350 and 375.
    Once the oil is hot (should sizzle when splashed with water), begin frying the tofu by dipping each piece of tofu in the buttermilk mixture, then in the breading, then BACK in the buttermilk and AGAIN in the breading.
    Cook until golden brown and edges are crispy. Rotate as needed.
  • Once finished cooking, remove them from the grease and transfer to a plate covered with paper towels in order to absorb some of the grease.
    Enjoy! These are so good! You'll love them!
    Note: These pair very well with BBQ sauce!