These crispy baked tofu nuggets are the BEST plant-based protein. Add to salads or Buddha bowls for an easy and delicious meal! #vegan #vegetarian #plantbased #healthy #cleaneating #tofu | mindfulavocado

Tofu lovers rejoice! These breaded and baked vegan tofu nuggets are so versatile – add to Buddha bowls, salads, or even stir-frys! So easy to make and only requires four ingredients and 30 minutes.

hand picking up baked and breaded tofu bite

Oh hello, cute little tofu nuggets!

After being an avid tofu consumer for the past few years, there’s one thing I’ve learned about this plant-based protein – it’s all about how it’s made.

Seriously! Nothing is worse than tofu that is super soft in texture and just downright bland. Personally, I like firmer tofu that has a little bit of bite to it.

Are you with me?

Cool. Then I think you should read on.

four step process of pressing tofu. handing wrapping tofu block with paper towel, hands pressing tofu, and hands cutting tofu block on cutting board

How to make tofu nuggets:

There’s 3 main steps. Pressing the tofu, marinating and breading the tofu, then baking it.

Let’s start with how to properly press the tofu.

Tips for pressing tofu:

Again, tofu is all about how it’s made. Let’s talk about how I prepare my tofu for this recipe:

  1. Start out with extra firm tofu – this is essential for this recipe!
  2. Wrap generously with paper towels. This will help absorb the liquid
  3. Place on a plate and stack another plate on top. This is my makeshift tofu press
  4. Stack something heavy on top of the top plate to add some pressure. Cans of food, cookbooks, etc. Anything with weight will do!
  5. Let sit for 10-15 minutes

Note: This tofu press process is how I typically start all my recipes out. Another great way to press tofu is to use a Crockpot! Simply press to tofu in between the appliance and ceramic insert!

hand pouting tamari over tofu in glass mixing bowl

Okay, so now that we got the tofu press step mastered, let’s get into marinading. Tofu absorbs any flavor. That’s why it makes a great ingredient in both savory and sweet recipes!

Once tofu is pressed, pour tamari (can substitute with soy sauce) to bowl and mix well. Let rest for at least 10 minutes. Here’s a good time to mix the breading. Or a quick dance session, your call 🙂

baked and breaded tofu bites on baking sheet

All that’s left is mixing tofu nuggets with bread crumbs, adding to a nonstick baking sheet, and tossing into the oven!

baked and breaded tofu bites on baking sheet

Variations of baked tofu nuggets:

  • Use panko breadcrumbs for a crispier texture
  • Use gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • Mix up the seasonings. Instead of Italian seasoning, try a delicious cajun blend!
  • Sautee tofu nuggets in a pan with some olive oil, then bake! This makes the tofu nuggets crispy! I prefer the strictly baking method as it’s oil-free!

hand holding baked and breaded tofu bite over baking sheet

Uses for baked tofu nuggets:

  • Add to salads for a plant-based protein kick
  • Mix into a Buddha bowl or grain bowl. I like making a meal with quinoa and steamed veggies
  • On their own! Dip in ketchup for a kid-friendly dinner
  • Pop em’ in your mouth! Yes, this recipe is so poppable!

baked and breaded tofu bites on light pink background

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Related:
Savory tofu filets with honey mustard sauce

baked and breaded tofu bites on light pink background with parsley

Baked Tofu Nuggets

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These breaded tofu nuggets are so easy to make and baked to perfection! Great for grain bowls, salads, on their own for a healthy meal. You're just FOUR ingredients away from making this delicious vegan recipe!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Healthy, Plant Based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword baked and breaded tofu, tofu dinner recipe, vegetarian dinner recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 94kcal
Author Amanda

Ingredients

  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1/3 cup tamari (can substitute with soy sauce)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (can substitute with regular wheat or panko breadcrumbs)
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Remove tofu from packaging and wrap with paper towels
  • Place tofu block on a plate and put another plate on top. Add heavy objects to the top of the plate and let the tofu sit for 10-15 minutes
  • Unwrap tofu and cut into cubes. One block of tofu should yield around 40 cubes
  • Place in medium-sized mixing bowl and pour tamari on top. Use a rubber spatula to stir. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • In another mixing bowl, mix breadcrumbs and seasonings. Add marinaded tofu and shake the bowl to coat evenly
  • Place the tofu on a nonstick baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool. Leftovers keep for 5-7 days.

Notes

If you use soy sauce instead of tamari, omit the additional salt. Soy sauce contains a lot more sodium than tamari!

Nutrition

Serving: 10cubes (1/4 recipe) | Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.8g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 2.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 1734mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1.7g | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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Baked Tofu Nuggets -- These breaded tofu nuggets are so easy to make and baked to perfection! Great for grain bowls, salads, on their own for a healthy meal. You\'re just FOUR ingredients away from making this delicious vegan recipe! #vegan #vegetarian #plantbased #healthy #cleaneating #tofu | mindfulavocado
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