Fried Tofu

"This is so simple and so tasty. Leftovers (if there are any) make a great sandwich. Try mixing cumin and garlic for the spice."
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  • Lightly grease a non-stick pan with oil.
  • Put tamari (soy sauce) in a bowl.
  • In another bowl mix yeast and spices.
  • Slice tofu into 1/4-inch slices.
  • Dip tofu in the tamari and then in the yeast mixture.
  • Fry until golden; flip and brown the other side.
  • Add a bit of oil if necessary.

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  1. Yogi8
    The nutritional yeast gives the tofu a bit of a cheesy flavor, which was so good! I usually don't like tofu unless mixed into a soup or casserole, but this is REALLY good. I also liked the texture of the tofu fried. I cut the recipe in half, so didn't have leftovers. Wish I did. Can't wait to make a tofu sandwich like you suggest, Bergy!
  2. Nourished Homestead
    Very creative use of nutritional yeast! I cut mine up pretty small, and with the higher breading to tofu ratio they were pretty good chicken nugget analogues. You could freeze the tofu first and add corn starch and/or bread crumbs to the coating to make them even more like nuggets.
  3. Roosie
    This was REALLY good. Actually my first experience with nutritional yeast and I loved it. I'm not sure what the spice mixture was- cumin, I know, but my boyfriend concocted it. Delicious and easy. I pressed my tofu for maybe 10 minutes, too. I used canola oil to fry in (couldn't figure out where I put the olive oil). Excellent, excellent, excellent- we will be making this again...and again...and again... ;)
  4. Momma O
    AMAZING!!! <br/>This was my first time cooking tofu. I wanted to start out with a simple recipe, because I was a bit intimidated. The Nutritional Yeast gives the tofu a panko bread crumb type of coating which is absolutely deee-lish!<br/><br/>I used my McCormick Italian Herb Grinder for my spices and it was perfect. It gave the tofu an "Italian chicken cutlet" flavor.<br/><br/>I taste-tested these at different points while they were cooking. My advice is to really brown them (I do tend to like things a tad overdone, that's just my preference).<br/>**For anyone who's new to tofu, be sure to really press the water out of the tofu.<br/><br/>My husband literally can't keep his hands off of these (says I "knocked it out of the park") and I'm afraid there won't be any left for dinner!!<br/><br/>I am sure I'll be making this weekly. Thanks for sharing! :)
  5. mMadness97
    We love this! I've made it twice so far and it's his favorite tofu recipe to date. Tonight, I put a little ginger, cilantro and red pepper flakes in to the nutritional yeast mixture. Excellent recipe!


  1. Mary A.
    I made the mistake of using Spike seasoning which, along with the soy sauce made it too salty! I will try another kind of seasoning, perhaps some of the suggestions here. I also felt it was too high in fat so will try cutting back on the fat by using cooking spray instead of all that oil. I ended up adding cooking time this time anyway to prevent sticking of the last few slices. It did have a good flavor and think with these adjustments I would like it better. It is very different than any other tofu dish (and I do like tofu) I have tasted. Thanks.


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