Easy And Crispy Fried Tofu

This Fried Tofu recipe is super simple, versatile, and it tastes fantastic! Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, it makes a perfect addition to any meal.

Fried Tofu on a plate with Tomatoes on background

If you consider yourself not to be a tofu fan, you probably just haven’t had tofu the right way. I bet that if you had this Easy Fried Tofu, you would change your tune on tofu! Serve it as a snack, or as a side to pretty much any meal.

To get started, let’s learn a bit about tofu.

What is Tofu

People often wonder what tofu is made of. Tofu is a food made of condensed soy milk that is pressed into solid, white blocks. The process of making tofu is relatively similar to the way that cheese is made from milk. So, think of it as cheese made from soy milk. There are many different varieties of tofu, such as soft/silken tofu, firm tofu, extra firm tofu, and fermented tofu.

Learn more about tofu from Wikipedia.

What Kind of Tofu to Buy

If you are going to fry tofu, you definitely want to buy extra firm tofu. I also suggest you opt for organic, non-gmo tofu, especially since it’s very affordable.

Fried Tofu in a skillet

Fried Tofu Ingredients

  • Extra Firm Tofu. You cannot use soft/silken or medium tofu in this recipe, or it will fall apart in the skillet.
  • Cornstarch. It helps the tofu to get crispy. You can use arrowroot powder instead if you are sensitive to corn products.
  • Seasonings. Cajun seasoning and salt bring a lot of flavor and a bit of heat. I absolutely love this combination!
  • Oil. You can use olive, avocado, sunflower, grapeseed, coconut, or peanut oil. Choose your oil based on personal preference and availability.
organic super firm tofu in a package

How to Make Fried Tofu

1. Drain the liquid from the tofu package and dry the tofu with paper towels. Cut into about 1-inch slices.

slicing extra firm tofu into strips

2. Put the slices onto 2-3 paper towels and season them with Cajun seasoning and salt. Flip and season again.

seasoning tofu slices

3. Place 2 more paper towels on top of the tofu slices and press gently with your hands. This way, you’ll remove any excess moisture and press the seasonings into the tofu.

pressing paper towels over tofu slices

4. Cut the tofu into cubes and place on a large plate. Add the cornstarch and gently stir to coat (I like using my hands to do this).

coating tofu with cornstarch

5. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the tofu and cook 2-3 minutes per side, until golden and crispy.

frying tofu in oil
Fried Tofu piece dipped in a ketchup

Tips & Tricks

  • Squeeze the liquid from the tofu. Wrap the tofu block with paper towels and press gently until the excess liquid gets absorbed by the towels.
  • Use a non-stick pan. A cast iron pan can also be used, but make sure it…

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