If you want very crispy tofu cubes, this method will blow your mind. This is our favorite way to use tofu as a topping for Thai curries and buddha bowls.
Tofu is one of your best friends as a vegan, vegetarian, or plant-based eater, so you need to master its cooking methods. Making crispy tofu easily is a skill that will be your companion for the rest of your life, so observe; it is an easy and worthy ride!
It takes only minutes, 2 ingredients apart from tofu, and no skills! We consider this a preparation that can be easily adjusted and added to any meal or even on its own as an appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce.
Crispy tofu is widely used in Chinese Tofu recipes.
How to know it’s ready: the cubes should be golden brown and look very crispy at the edges.
- Extra-Firm Tofu
- Your choice of oil
Press extra firm tofu for at least 15 minutes (I line up some parchment paper or plastic bag and place a couple of heavy books on top).
Leave it slightly inclined next to the sink so the excess water can run. Then cut the tofu into cubes.
Now you need to coat the cubes with cornstarch. You can do this in two ways:
- Place those cubes in a bowl and toss gently with 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch. As seen in the video.
- Or, you can add the cornstarch to a Ziplock bag and get the tofu cubes inside. Shake the bag and ready. As seen in the picture below.
Arrange the tofu on a parchment-lined baking sheet and drizzle with your oil of choice.
Bake at 425ºF (250ºC) for 25 minutes or until you see they are golden enough for your liking.
Serve in your favorite rice bowl, buddha bowl or stir fry or eat as an appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce. We like doing just that with our Creamy Vegan Sauce.
💡 Tips and Substitutions
As for toppings: as mentioned before, these perfect tofu cubes are commonly found in buddha bowls and curries, but I recently even added it to my pesto pasta to add some extra protein and loved it. Of course, they would kill me here in Italy for making such a “thing,” but what can I say? It was delicious.
Cube sizes: you might want to try different sizes the first time to make it to identify your sweet spot. We find that the smaller the size, the less chunky, meaty center you will get. So try big, ½ inch (1 cm) cubes for curries and as appetizers and smaller ¼ inch (½ cm) cubes for more delicate sizes on pasta.
Type of oil: it doesn’t make much of a difference, but I like to be consequent to the flavor’s palettes to use either a neutral oil to go safe. I like using sesame or peanut oil for Asian dishes, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil if we use the cubes for other preparations such as pasta!
See how to make crispy air fryer tofu nuggets with a Mediterranean Marinade.
Can I use flour instead of cornstarch?
Yes, flour gives decent results, but, in my experience, the more critical "outstanding" results come from (in order of priority):
- Using cornstarch (maizena) instead of flour.
- Pressing them for 10-15 mins, as the excess water can influence the crispiness, all tofu's brands are different, and all of them have different textures and are more or less firmer, so this step ensures you "standardize" how much moisture the cubes hold.
- The size of the cubes also plays a part.
📚 More Tofu Recipes
🥢 How to serve
As a snack: use big chunks as an appetizer with a decadent dipping sauce such as our Creamy Vegan Sauce or 5 Minutes Vegan Pesto Sauce. They go well with any Asian Vegan Stew as well.
These curries are great to top with these delicious tofu chunks.
- Indian Eggplant Curry
- Thai Fresh Vegan Curry
- Vegetable Green Thai Curry
- Veggies Yellow Thai Curry
- Chickpea Coconut Curry
- Vegetable Massaman Curry
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How to Make Crispy Tofu
- 9 oz extra-firm Tofu organic
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoon olive oil or any other oil (sesame, peanut, avocado)
- Press extra firm tofu for at least 15 minutes. Then cut the tofu into cubes.
- Coat the cubes with cornstarch. You can do this in two ways:Place those cubes in a bowl and toss gently with 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch. As seen in the video.Or, you can add the cornstarch to a Ziplock bag and get the tofu cubes inside. Shake the bag and ready. As seen in the pictures.
- Arrange the tofu on a parchment-lined baking sheet and drizzle with your oil of choice.
- Bake at 425ºF (250ºC) for 25 minutes or until you see they are golden enough for your liking.
- Serve in your favorite buddha bowl or stir fry or eat as an appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce. We like doing just that with our Creamy Vegan Sauce.
🌡️ Food safety
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking points to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
See more guidelines at USDA.gov.
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I love making crispy tofu this way! Baking it is so much easier than deep frying it. It is also much healthier and less mess to clean up! This tofu tastes great in so many of my favorite dishes. Thanks for the easy recipe!
This method is brilliant! I love how the crispy edges of the tofu contrast with the soft centers!
Kayla DiMaggio says
Crispy tofu is my favorite! Thank you for this easy and quick recipe!
Now I have the perfect and simplest recipe of how to make crispy tofu for my vegan dishes! These freshly baked tofu bites are super delightful.
Loved this method of baking tofu and it really does get wonderfully crispy. It made yesterday's curry really special
I love crispy tofu and I add it to so many recipes! Thanks so much!
I’ve never been a big fan of tofu, but I’m hooked on this crispy tofu recipe! I’m excited to add this to stir fries now. Beyond excited to make these again!
This is the best method for crispy tofu and my go to when I'm not using the air fryer- love how easy it is with just the few ingredients.
That's great! Air fryers work well with this recipe!
We adore tofu and love this healthy crisping method, I love the video!
I am happy that you like the video and the recipe!
A delicious, healthy vegan starter option. So easy to make too.
You can't beat crispy tofu. Perfect in a stir fry.
yes, I use it a lot on stir-fries and curries! They are the perfect protein addition!