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Easy Crispy Tofu Nuggets Vegan, Vegetarian

Crispy tofu nuggets that are flavorful and a great replacement for crispy chicken, in any recipe!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, lunch, Main Course, Salad, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2 blocks firm, extra-firm, or super firm tofu ~396 g block

Flavor Sauce

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil Optional: if you don't have it, replace with vegetable oil
  • 8 drops liquid smoke Can substitute with 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 3 tsp garlic powder


  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 tsp curry powder For final step before baking


  • As soon as you buy your tofu, put the whole package into the freezer. Freeze and allow to thaw*. (*For optimal texture, still delicious without this step!)
  • Take blocks of tofu out of package, drain, and press the blocks of tofu by placing a heavy pan or so on top of it, until all the water drains out, and tofu is flattened slightly. (If in a hurry, you can gently squeeze the water out with your hands instead, if using extra-firm or super-firm tofu)
  • While tofu is pressing, preheat oven to 375 °F. In a large bowl, combine your 'Flavor Sauce' ingredients.
  • Using your hands, break apart tofu into approximately 1 inch cubes. Add tofu to your bowl with the sauce, and mix until evenly coated.
  • Add cornstarch and an extra dash of curry powder to the bowl and mix well, until evenly coated.
  • Lightly grease baking sheet and spread out tofu cubes into an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Keyword baked, chicken, crispy, dinner, fried, meatless, nuggets, tofu, vegan, vegetarian