Basic Crispy Tofu

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
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30 min 15 min 3
Basic Crispy Tofu
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Ingredients for 3 meals

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1 1/2 block (12oz) Tofu, regular, extra firm
1 1/2 tsp Salt and pepper (divided)
1 1/2 tsp Onion powder (divided)
1 1/2 tsp Garlic powder (divided)
6 tbsp Potato starch
3 tbsp Grape seed oil (divided)


  1. Remove the weight and drain off the excess liquid. Pat the tofu dry. Slice the tofu into cubes, thick rectangles, or sticks, depending on how you plan to use the tofu.
  2. Transfer the tofu to a shallow dish and season both sides well with 1/2 tsp each salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder (or any other seasonings you like).
  3. In another shallow dish, add the potato starch and season with 1/2 each salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder (or any other seasonings you like).
  4. Toss tofu in potato starch mixture, until well coated on all sides.
  5. Set a large skillet over medium-high heat and add half of the oil. Heat until the oil shimmers and flows smoothly to coat the bottom of the pan. It should not smoke. If you see a wisp of smoke, lower the heat slightly and immediately proceed with adding the tofu.
  6. Add all of the tofu in a single layer. The tofu should sizzle upon contact (if not, wait a few minutes to let the pan heat up more before continuing).
  7. At first, the tofu will stick to the pan (unless you're using a nonstick skillet). Wait until the tofu releases from the pan before browning the next side; the underside of the tofu should be golden-brown.
  8. As you flip tofu onto the other sides, add the other half of the oil and continue frying until all sides are browned and crispy.
  9. Transfer the browned tofu to a cooling rack (it will remain crispy for a few hours, but will become chewy and lose its crispness if refrigerated).



For extra flavor, toss the sliced tofu in a mixture of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil and let stand for a few minutes before coating with cornstarch and frying.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 435
Calories from fat 242
Calories from saturated fat 26.2
Total Fat 26.9 g
Saturated Fat 2.9 g
Trans Fat 0
Polyunsaturated Fat 12.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.5 g
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 637 mg
Potassium 507 mg
Total Carbohydrate 22.0 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Sugars 1.9 g
Protein 27.3 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Meat Alternative 1.2
Vegetables 1.0

Energy sources