Fabulous Tofu With Delicious Nutritional Yeast

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

Ok, this one might be a hard sell for the tofu first-timers, but every veg head knows this recipe as a standard way to bread and pan-fry tofu. I first heard it from my friend's Mom (a lifetime vegetarian) when I was 16 years old. I've seen a variation of it in the "New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook" as well. Veg head or not, give it a try, its pretty fabulous and delicious. fyi: Nutritional yeast is a non-active yeast loaded with B vitamins and protein, and it tastes a little cheesy, and little bread-like.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat a big flat pan to medium/medium high heat with olive oil (and butter if you want).
  2. Drain the tofu block and pat dry with a paper towel. Cut the tofu widthwise into about 16 thin slices (about half the thickness of a slice of bread).
  3. Bread each slice of tofu with nutritional yeast, make sure each piece is really well coated before placing it in the pan.
  4. Cook the tofu until the edges are golden brown, then flip over and cook the other side the same. Salt and pepper to taste while in the pan.
  5. Serve on toast with tamari or soy sauce for dipping.
Most Helpful

I have been a vegetarian for 16 years and a tofu lover for even longer, yet I had never had tofu prepared this way! It's quite good - and easy and healthy. I think I'll try it cubed next time, and maybe marinate it first.

Ameliahead November 09, 2009

None vegan me really liked this! Nice way to have quick nutritious snack or meal. A creamier way to enjoy tofu and the yeast gives a slight buttery saltiness on it's own.(My HF store owner says people use it on popcorn) I might have drained my tofu too much as some of the yeast fell off in the frying(I used the "plate method")or maybe the oil wasn't hot enough. I steamed some broccoli and use a light soy sauce that I put grated ginger and garlic and let flavor the sauce (a tip from a Zaar member). I like the toast idea and will try that next time! I've also seen it cubed as an appetizer.

red_baron June 30, 2006