Vegan Tofu Nuggets – Vegan Richa


These Vegan Tofu Nuggets are baked and not fried but still the most delicious vegan nuggets ever! Just make sure to use extra firm tofu, press it and use my secret marinade and spice coating to get all that flavor like Southern fried chikin! Your whole family will love these!

vegan baked tofu nuggets on a white plate with two different dips

Stop what you’re doing and go marinate some tofu NOW because you don’t want to miss out on these Crispy Baked Vegan Tofu Nuggets! They are my new favorite vegan party snack – well, along with my Baked General Tso Cauliflower!

I use the spices used for southern fried chicken and add them to the coating and the marinade. Together they add so much amazing flavor. These are perfectly crispy on the outside and wonderfully meaty on the inside – seriously the best texture and flavor thanks to some key tips and a delicious tofu marinade. Seriously, if you know someone who dislikes tofu, give them these Tofu Nuggets and their minds will be changed forever.

vegan baked tofu nuggets served with two different dips

Now there are two things that are super important for making the perfect Tofu Nuggets.

Number one: you need to press your tofu! For most of my tofu recipes, I recommend pressing your tofu, and this is no exception. Squeeze all that excess water out of your tofu. This will give you much better tofu and will prepare it for my tofu nuggets. Use extra firm tofu so that you don’t end up with squishy bites.

tip #2 Marinate your tofu.  Let the pressed tofu sit in the marinade a minimum of 5 minutes. We really want the marinade to soak up into the insides of the tofu, making the texture even better. You can marinate your tofu for 30 minutes, or even overnight.

More vegan party food:

Bbq Cauliflower Wings

Vegan Mediterranean Nachos

Baked Popcorn Okra

Crispy tofu strips 

Mango Sriracha cauliflower 

Spinach pinwheels

Everything Bagel seasoning Tofu 

Print Recipe

Baked Tofu Nuggets

These Vegan Tofu Nuggets are baked and not fried and taste just like Southern fried chikin with my secret marinade & spice mix! Nutfree Glutenfree

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time25 mins

Total Time35 mins

Course: Appetizer, Snack

Cuisine: American

Keyword: tofu nuggets

Servings: 4

Calories: 132kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 14 ounce (400 g) extra firm tofu pressed for at least 20 minutes

For the marinade:

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons oil

For spice coating

  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seeds or use ½ teaspoon celery salt and use only ¼ salt earlier
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • A generous pinch each of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning or mix of 1/8 teaspoons each of sage, thyme, rosemary
  • 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of cornstarch or tapioca starch

To serve

  • vegan barbeque or vegan ranch or hot sauce or dips of choice
  • Garnish cilantro or green onion

Instructions

  • Press the tofu if you haven’t already, then break into bite size pieces using your hands. Keep them at least 1 inch in size, add to a bowl.

  • Marinate: Then add the marinade ingredients to the bowl and toss well to coat, let the tofu sit for 5 minutes(or longer in the fridge till ready to bake)

  • Spice coating: In another small bowl add all of the coating ingredients and 1 ½ tablespoons of corn starch and mix really well.

  • The marinade should have gotten absorbed in the tofu, there shouldn’t be any liquid left. Sprinkle all of the spice coating mixture over the tofu and toss well to coat. If the tofu is too wet then add some more cornstarch, 1 teaspoon at a time. Then spread this tofu on parchment lined baking sheet and keep at least ½ inch distance between all the pieces.

  • Bake at 400F(205c) for 20-25 minutes or until the tofu is crisp to preference

  • Depending on the brand of tofu, if it’s a good extra firm tofu then the coating will get crisp around 23-24 minutes and if the tofu is a bit softer then the outside will get crisp, but tofu might be somewhat soft in the middle.

  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven then let it cool for a few minutes before plating it and serving it with dips of choice. You can also use this tofu to add to wraps or tacos or serve it as a side.

Notes

  • Tear your tofu instead of slicing it into cubes. Tearing your tofu means there are more rough edges for not only the marinade to soak into, but for the cornstarch spice mix to coat the tofu.
  • To make this soy free, use (6-7 oz)rehydrated soycurls, or 12-14 oz seitan and proceed. Use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce 
  • To make this without onion garlic, omit them and add 1/8 teaspoon asafetida(hing) or 1/8 teaspoon fenugreek powder. If you don’t have these, add a teaspoon of miso to the marinade and add 1/2 teaspoon a oregano to the spice mix 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Baked Tofu Nuggets

Amount Per Serving

Calories 132
Calories from Fat 63

% Daily Value*

Fat 7g11%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 698mg30%

Potassium 78mg2%

Carbohydrates 7g2%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 0.4g0%

Protein 10g20%

Vitamin A 257IU5%

Vitamin C 3mg4%

Calcium 134mg13%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a platter with baked cripsy tofu nuggets

 

Ingredients:

  • for this recipe, we need extra firm tofu pressed for at least 20 minutes
  • For the spicy marinade, we blend soy sauce with hot sauce and a small amount of oil
  • for the spice coating, we blend nutritional yeast with salt, onion powder, garlic powder,  black pepper,  sage, paprika,  celery seeds, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice
  • cornstarch is used as a coating to crisp up

Tips:

  • Tear your tofu instead of slicing it into cubes. Tearing your tofu means there are more rough edges for not only the marinade to soak into, but for the cornstarch spice mix to coat the tofu.
  • After adding the spiced mixture to the marinated tofu, you should go with your gut. If the tofu still feels a bit too wet then add some more cornstarch, 1 teaspoon at a time.
  • Depending on the brand of tofu, you might have slightly different textures.  I recommend you invest in a good extra firm tofu
  • Instead of the celery salt, you can use ½ teaspoon celery salt and use only ¼ salt earlier

 

ingredients needed for making tofu nuggets

How to make Crispy Baked Tofu Nuggets

torn tofu chunks in a white bowl

Press the tofu if you haven’t already, then break into bite-size pieces using your hands. Keep them at least 1 inch in size, add to a bowl.

marinade being added to torn tofu chunks in a white bowl

Then add the marinade ingredients and toss well to coat, let the tofu sit for 5 minutes.

marinated tofu chunks in a white bowl

spice mix in a small glass bowl

In another small bowl add all of the coating ingredients and 1 ½ tablespoons of corn starch and mix really well.

marinated tofu chunks in a white bowl

The marinade should have gotten absorbed in the tofu, there shouldn’t be any liquid left.

Sprinkle all of the spiced coating mixture over the tofu and toss well to coat. After adding the spiced mixture, if the tofu is too wet then add some more cornstarch, 1 teaspoon at a time.

then spread this tofu on a parchment line baking sheet and keep at least ½ inch distance between all the pieces.

marinated tofu chunks in a white bowl

marinated tofu chunks on a sheet pan

Then bake at 400F (205c) for 20-25 minutes or until the tofu is crisp to preference

baked tofu nuggets on a sheet pan

Depending on the brand of tofu, if it’s good extra firm tofu then the coating will get crisp around 23-24 minutes and if the tofu is a bit softer then the outside will get crisp, but tofu might be somewhat soft in the middle.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven then let it cool for a few minutes before plating it and serving it!.

a plate with vegan baked tofu nuggets with ranch and bbq dip

Serve

Serve these immediately with dips of choice. These are best served right out of the oven. The pieces will tend to soften after sitting for an hour or so. They will still taste amazing though!

You can also use this tofu to add it to lettuce or tortilla wraps or tacos! You can also serve it as a side.

 

 



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