crispy fried tofu recipe

Quick and easy crispy tofu

Quick and easy crispy tofu is SO easy to make! You only need a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of frying on the pan and you’ll have delicious crispy tofu to enjoy!

Quick and easy crispy tofu recipe

I have a confession! I didn’t learn to enjoy tofu properly until after I had been vegan for 3 years. In fact, it took encouragement from a friend to really try and experiment with tofu and different cooking methods. However, after a while of cooking tofu, I think I have mastered how to make tasty, flavourful, extra crispy and delicious tofu.

What is tofu?

Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a food prepared by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curs into solid white blocks of varying softness. It can be silken, soft, firm or extra firm.

Tofu is subtle in flavour so it can easily be used in a variety of dishes, both savoury and sweet. It’s often seasoned or marinated to suit the dish because of its ability to absorb flavours well. Tofu is a traditional component of East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines and has been consumed in China for over 2,000 years.

Tofu is low in calories, contains a relatively large amount of protein, high in iron and is low in carbohydrates. Therefore, a great choice when you want a high protein- low carb option.

For this quick and easy crispy tofu recipe we used extra firm tofu.

Tips and FAQs

  • Quick and easy – it only takes 15 minutes
  • Dietary restriction friendly – this recipe is vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free and sugar-free and with adjustments, it’s possible to make it low-carb
  • Can be made oil-free – you can omit the oil and cook the tofu cubes in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 200°C

What you’ll need

Ingredients needed to make crispy tofu
  • Tofu – you’ll need extra crispy tofu to make this recipe
  • spices – you’ll need vegan bouillon powder, nutritional yeast, pepper and garlic seasoning, salt and white pepper
  • cornstarch – to create a crispy coating on the tofu
  • oil – for frying the tofu

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1 Rinse and pat dry the tofu. Cut into small cubes and place in a bowl.

keep the tofu cubes quite small to get more crispy cubes

Step 2 Add all the spices to the bowl and coat all the tofu cubes with the spice blend

add spices to your tofu

Step 3 Add 2 tbsp of corn starch and mix well

coat the tofu with cornstarch to get a crispy texture

Step 4 Shallow fry the tofu cubes in tbsp of vegetable oil for 15 minutes, turning the tofu cubes gently to get them all evenly golden and crispy

Crispy tofu on the pan

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Quick and easy crispy tofu recipe

Quick and easy crispy tofu

This truly is the easiest and quickest way to make extra crispy tofu cubes for any recipe.
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Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Crispy, Easy, Quick, Tofu
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 167.75kcal
Author: Steina


  • 280 g extra firm tofu
  • ½ tsp vegan bouillon powder
  • ½ tsp nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp Pepper and garlic steak seasoning
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil


  • Start by rinsing and drying the tofu. Then cut the tofu into small cubes and add them to a bowl.
  • Add ½ tsp vegan bouillon powder, ½ tsp nutritional yeast, ½ tsp pepper and garlic steak seasoning, ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp black pepper. Mix well to coat all the tofu cubes with the spices.
  • Add 2 tbsp of cornstarch and mix again to coat the tofu.
  • Shallow fry the tofu cubes in 2 tbsp of vegetable oil for 15 minutes, turning the tofu cubes gently to get them all evenly golden and crispy.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 167.75kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.75g | Protein: 8.75g | Fat: 11.75g | Sodium: 485.5mg | Sugar: 0.5g
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