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How to Make Crispy Tofu

Britney has a B.A. in Environmental Management and Sustainability. Cassie is certified in plant-based nutrition.

Enjoy crispy tofu with assorted veggies and brown rice

Enjoy crispy tofu with assorted veggies and brown rice

Tofu Everyone Will Love

We have spent so much time searching for a tofu recipe that did not require us to use a tofu press, and we have finally figured it out! Rather than pressing the liquid out of the tofu, we bake it out. This technique is great because not only are you baking the moisture out of the tofu, but you are also beginning the crisping process.

This recipe is super versatile in the sense that it can be added to many of your favorite vegan dishes. We usually add this tofu to our tacos (in which case we go ahead and add in some taco seasoning), burritos, salads, buddha bowls, pasta dishes, and so much more.

One important thing to note during this process is that it really takes a TON of seasoning in order for the tofu to capture its flavors. Tofu really does not have a taste, so it's crucial that you add enough seasoning so that it is not bland.

Typically, we make several batches of this tofu and store it in the fridge to utilize in our meals throughout the week. We use this tofu for up to five days. Even our non-vegan friends and family love this recipe, so those of you who are hosting any non-vegans, this recipe will definitely impress!

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

45 min

50 min

Serves three people about 5 ounces of tofu


  • 1 package extra firm tofu, crumbled
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • coconut oil spray
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon italian seasoning, or to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your baking sheet by spraying with an oil of your choice (we use coconut oil).
  2. Unwrap tofu and crumble into 1-inch pieces. Spread evenly onto your baking sheet. Note: It is ok to have pieces that vary in size.
  3. Place tofu in oven for about 20 minutes, or until edges become golden in color. Baking time may vary depending on how many packages of tofu you are using. Be sure to toss the tofu around about halfway through so that they cook evenly.
  4. A couple minutes before you remove your tofu from the oven, prepare your fry pan by adding 2 tablespoons of olive oil and heating it on medium heat.
  5. Once the oil is heated, place baked tofu into your fry pan and toss to coat tofu evenly with oil. This frying process typically takes about 15 minutes on medium heat, or until tofu is crisped to your liking. The crispier you like it, the longer this will take.
  6. Season tofu VERY generously with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. You may need to do this multiple times throughout the process depending on how flavorful you want it.
  7. As your tofu is frying, chop up a medium-sized white onion and add it to your fry pan about 5 minutes in. Stir occasionally.
  8. Once your tofu is cooked/seasoned to your liking, go ahead and add it to almost any dish you can think of! Enjoy!
Another way we like to serve up crispy tofu is inside delicious vegetarian burritos!

Another way we like to serve up crispy tofu is inside delicious vegetarian burritos!

Tofu frying with onion

Tofu frying with onion

© 2019 Britney Bernard and Cassie Midura

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