Fried Tofu

A popular vegan staple, fried tofu is fast, fun and easy to make. So delicious and versatile as well.

Tofu is the most popular and versatile vegan staple food and the mainstream world as well has fallen in love with this inexpensive, protein rich super food. It had a bad reputation as being tasteless and inedible, but that’s just a case of people not knowing how to cook it. Any food will be inedible if improperly cooked and seasoned. Cooking with tofu is an art worth mastering. When you do learn to cook tofu, you’ll discover a world of amazing and easy recipes that aren’t only healthy but delicious as well.

So easy to make

The process of frying tofu so it’s crisp and flavourful is very easy. Just slice the tofu, coat it lightly with cornstarch and fry it in a hot frying pan or wok. It only takes a few minutes to cook and is really delicious.

You can use potato or arrowroot flour for coating if your allergic to corn. They all work well and are all gluten free. They give the tofu a nice crisp outside and a softer yet still firm and meaty interior.

Fried tofu makes a great snack eaten plain or with dipping sauce. You can also add it to a stir fry or to a sandwich or wrap. It’s so easy to make, so good and so versatile as well. Enjoy!

Fried Tofu

Course: Appetizer, Entrees, lunch
Cuisine: vegan
Keyword: fried tofu, meat alternatives, tofu
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Una Rose
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  • 1 420 g block firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • Canola oil for frying


  • Pat tofu dry and gently press to remove excess water.
  • Slice into 1/2 inch slices.
  • Place cornstarch in a medium size shallow bowl.
  • Dip the tofu in the cornstarch, fully and lightly coating both sides. Set aside.
  • Add a little oil to a wok or large pan set over medium high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot enough, (check by adding drops of water to oil. If it sizzles, it's hot enough) add the tofu slices, 4 to 5 at a time. Let cook on one side until browned, about 1 minutes. Flip and brown the other side.
  • Remove from wok or pan when done. Serve immediately.