Fried tofu recipe


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Given how many vegetarians read this blog, I thought I would share the delicious method of cooking tofu that Hella Stella taught me. It has three relatively simple stages: marinate, bread, and fry.


Put 1 cubic centimetre blocks of tofu into a large pan. Immerse them in a marinade that includes the following:

  • Half a cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup tamari
  • 1/4 cup water
  • One and 1/2 tablespoons sunflower oil

This should produce enough marinade for about 250 grams of tofu.

Apparently, if you seal and refrigerate the marinade/tofu mixture, it is good for three days.


In a large bowl, mix the following for the coating:

  • One cup flaked nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon black pepper

Mix the ingredients and you have a coating that keeps indefinitely, as long as it hasn’t been contaminated by tofu. I plan to mix up a big yoghurt container full, to break out whenever I want fried tofu.

To bread the cubes, just roll them around in the coating until they are covered. The same coating can be used with pieces of eggplant.


Put about half a centimetre of sunflower oil in a frying pan. Place the breaded cubes in the oil and wait until they are nicely browned on the bottom. Flip them over to cook the other side.

Finally, place the fried cubes on a plate with a paper towel before serving the marinated and fried cubes with rice, vegetables, cous cous, or whatever you prefer.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Milan February 8, 2009 at 2:38 pm

To gain an appreciation of my (very low) level of culinary talent, have a look at these two posts from 2006:

More revision and “How to Eat like a Grad Student”

How to eat like a grad student: II

More posts with recipes:

Denture-compatible foods

Simple, tasty stir-fry

Hybrid cooking

A friend of mine also used to run a blog with recipes.

Milan February 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm
Hilary February 8, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I should come visit and cook for you sometime.

Milan February 8, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Nods emphatically

Milan February 8, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Hilary inspired me to make my most elaborate at-home dinner in some time:

  • Spinach salad with oil-balsamic-mustard dressing, with diced sun-dried tomato and peanuts
  • Roasted potato wedges with curry powder, oregano, rosemary, parmesan, and black pepper

It is definitely worth remembering that good things can be made quickly with simple ingredients.

Magictofu February 8, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I really have to change my alias.

Milan February 9, 2009 at 12:42 pm

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