Crispy Tofu Nuggets

You wont need a deep fryer or any animals for these crispy nuggets!

Crispy Tofu Nuggets

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 block Extra Firm Tofu

2 heaping tbsp Corn Starch

Generous amounts of Salt, Pepper, & Smoked Paprika

Avocado Oil Spray


  1. In a large shallow bowl mix your corn starch and seasonings.
  2. Tear your tofu into uneven pieces and drop right into the corn starch mixture. Mix well until all of your tofu is lightly coated.
  3. Generously coat the bottom of a large saute pan with Avocado oil and bring to a medium heat.
  4. Add tofu pieces one or two at a time in a single layer avoiding any of the extra corn starch from the bottom of your bowl.
  5. Allow your tofu to sit and sizzle until lightly golden brown before flipping and tossing to cook on all sides. Add more salt & pepper as you cook.
  6. Once your tofu is nice and crispy on all sides remove from the pan and enjoy these nuggets warm.


1. You want to make sure and season your coating well. Tofu really has no flavor (much like raw chicken) so these seasonings are important. Feel free to use other seasonings you like too like garlic powder, umami seasoning, turmeric, onion powder, cayenne pepper, etc…

2. You want your tofu to have uneven edges, that’s what makes this recipe so reminiscent of “chicken” nuggets.

3. No need to press your tofu, that little bit of liquid will get your corn starch mixture to really stick on and will cook out in the pan.

4. You can reheat these in the oven on a baking tray or back on pan for a few minutes. You can also freeze these for up to 6 months and reheat. The texture of the tofu will be even chewier but equally delicious.

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I couldn’t believe my eyes or my tastebuds when I made this. Just the very simple act of ripping the tofu into uneven pieces made such a huge difference in the taste and texture of these nuggets.

In other news, I think I’m finally ready to take the plunge and get an air fryer. Simply because I want to see how amazing these come out using one. I promise to report back when I do!

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