How to cook tofu that everyone will love — even the kids! Jump to the Crispy Pan Fried Tofu Fingers Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.
We’ve been buying more tofu lately and have been experimenting with ways to make that big block of white tofu exciting. I think this recipe is our favorite so far! It’s fun, extra crispy and tastes delicious! This can easily be made gluten-free and is the perfect tofu recipe for kids.
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How to Cook Tofu Everyone Will Love
We like tofu, but not everyone is as much of a fan. Here’s how we make tofu everyone will love:
Extra firm or firm tofu is best for this recipe. Start by getting it as dry as you can. To do this, cut it into fingers, and then place in one single layer on top of a few paper towels or a clean dish cloth. Cover with more paper towels and weigh it down with a plate. Leave the tofu for about 15 minutes.
Then it’s on to breading. We use a three-step process. First, roll the tofu in seasoned flour — we use almond flour, but any flour will do. Next, dip into beaten egg, and then roll in crushed rice cereal (we used Chex).
When it’s time to cook, heat a skillet with oil and brown on all sides. Then serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
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Recipe updated, originally posted March 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne
Crispy Pan Fried Tofu Fingers Recipe
Tofu is dredged in almond flour, dipped in egg then rolled in crushed rice cereal and fried for crispy, crunchy tofu fingers. When choosing the tofu, look for organic “extra firm” or “firm” tofu. We use almond flour, which is finely ground almonds. You could substitute this for all-purpose flour, however, the recipe would no longer be considered gluten free.
You Will Need
1 (12 to 14 ounce) package extra firm tofu
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
2 large eggs
3 cups Gluten-Free Chex Rice Cereal, crushed
Dipping sauce such as ketchup, ranch or sweet Asian chili sauce, see our homemade ketchup recipe
Cut tofu into 1-inch-by-3-inch fingers. Arrange in one layer onto a few paper towels or clean dish towel. Cover with more paper towels or another clean dish towel. Place a plate on top to weigh down the tofu, releasing some of it’s liquid. Leave alone for 15 minutes.
Set up a breading station: Mix almond flour, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper on a plate. Add egg to a bowl and beat well. On another plate, mix the crushed cereal with another pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper.
Dip each tofu finger into the seasoned flour then into the egg and finally into the crushed cereal so they are well coated on all sides.
Heat oil in a large skillet pan over medium-high heat. Add the tofu, 4 to 5 fingers at a time and cook until golden brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel or clean dish cloth. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.