Fabulous Tofu With Delicious Nutritional Yeast

"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."
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Ready In:
16 pieces




  • Heat a big flat pan to medium/medium high heat with olive oil (and butter if you want).
  • 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).
  • Bread each slice of tofu with nutritional yeast, make sure each piece is really well coated before placing it in the pan.
  • 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.
  • Serve on toast with tamari or soy sauce for dipping.

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  1. Ameliahead
    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.
  2. red_baron
    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.


I turned vegetarian when I was 16 years old, and I'm still one 11 years later. I was vegan for about three years, but went back to eating dairy and eggs about 3 years ago. I still have some killer vegan recipes, I'm slow at posting, but eventually I'll have a good library up. For me, being vegetarian is about feeling good and eating for the environment, not being deprived of meat! Hopefully non-veg-heads will like some of the recipes I've posted, I know my boyfriend likes everything I've posted and he's a big meat eater as well :) ps. I'm at high altitude, so the baking recipes may need to be modded a bit.
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