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Crispy Pan Fried Tofu

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Do you want to learn how to fry tofu so that it’s extra crispy? There’s a simple trick to ensure it’s crispy on the outside and tender inside.

Asian restaurants tend to serve the best crispy tofu that is often so different than when we make it at home. If you are trying to figure out their secret on how to fry tofu, you’ve come to the right place. In this article we’ll show you a simple recipe to make pan fried tofu that is crispy and delicious. You can easily make it at home in little to no time, and you can eat this tofu on its own or you can add it to other dishes. The best part? This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and completely vegan.

Did you know that…?

  • Tofu is made from soybeans and has many macro- and micro-nutrients.
  • It is a high protein food item, which makes it a great alternative for vegans and vegetarians, and even for those following a plant-based diet.
  • Tofu on its own is quite flavorless, which means that you can marinate it and/or season it to make it taste like anything you like. Tip: check out our article on how to season tofu for the best results!
  • There are different types of tofu ranging from silken tofu — the softest, creamiest type, often used to make desserts and dips — to extra firm tofu, which is the one you’ll need for this recipe.

How to Fry Tofu: Tasty & Crispy

Cut the tofu into equal-sized cubes before frying.
Cut the tofu into equal-sized cubes before frying. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / waichi2021)



  1. Press the tofu with a clean kitchen cloth to squeeze as much water out as possible.
  2. Dice the tofu into small, equal-sized cubes.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the cornstarch and salt. Add the tofu and mix it carefully until all tofu cubes are covered in cornstarch.
  4. In a pan, add the olive oil and the tofu cubes and fry them at medium heat. With help from a spatula, flip the cubes every other minute to make sure all sides are equally golden (this is how to fry tofu effectively).
  5. Once your tofu cubes are crispy on all sides, serve and enjoy!

Fried Tofu Recipe Ideas

You can add tofu in addition to vegetables to your vegan ramen broth.
You can add tofu in addition to vegetables to your vegan ramen broth. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / M4rtine)

Once you know how to fry tofu and you get the hand of it, you’ll see how easy it is to make – and how quickly you can prepare it. You can serve it with a dip, such as vegan buffalo chicken dip, vegan BBQ sauce, or some sriracha mayo. If you want to further incorporate fried tofu into dishes, try:

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