Tofu covered in breadcrumbs, pecans, and sage? Drowned in an irresistible honey mustard sauce? Yes please! This vegan protein recipe is a great substitute for meat and makes a great addition to a wholesome meal.
For those frequent tofu eaters such as myself, we’ve all been there when we had a god awful tofu experience. Just a mushy fried square and you wonder to yourself how anyone can like this stuff. If you ate tofu for the first time and it was disgusting, I urge you to give tofu a second chance. There’s SO many ways to prepare tofu – baked, fried, and even crumbed in a tofu scramble to name a few. When done right, tofu is delicious and has a neutral taste on it’s own making it very versatile in all types of recipes.
How to cook tofu?
Making this baked and breaded tofu recipe is simple and only requires a few steps:
- Dip tofu in dijon mustard and lemon juice to coat the filet
- Press tofu in breadcrumb mixture
- Transfer to baking sheet
- Bake for 20 minutes
This breaded tofu recipe is a favorite of mine because it is oil free and is a perfect vegetarian substitute for those of you who are meat/carb/veggie type of dinner people. Plus, the honey mustard sauce is to die for and is a reason in itself to try this baked tofu recipe. I love pairing it with quinoa or mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables, or alternatively, just on top of a bed of greens.
The key to making this tofu recipe crazy good is the combination of breadcrumbs and finely chopped nuts. Add pecans (or any nut will do) to a food processor and pulse until in tiny pieces that are slightly larger or the same size as the breadcrumbs. The combination of nuts and breadcrumbs adds a nice crunch and another flavor element to the tofu. Fresh herbs, shallots, and lemon zest adds a zesty kick to the breading, making this tofu recipe completely delicious. Try this recipe for an easy weeknight meal and have leftovers for the week.
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Savory Baked Tofu Filets
- 1 package tofu extra firm
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (plain or whole wheat)
- 1/2 cup raw pecans
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 1 teaspoon fresh sage minced (can substitute with any fresh herb)
- 1 shallot minced (about 1 1/2 Tablespoons)
- 2 teaspoons garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
Honey Mustard Sauce:
- 1/4 cup dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup vegan mayonaise
- 1/4 cup honey
- Food processor
- Baking sheet
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
Add pecans and pumpkin seeds (pepitas) to food processor and blend until nuts are in breadcrumb-sized pieces
Add minced shallot, garlic, and sage in food processor. Pulse a couple times to incorporate
Pour mixture into shallow pan and add breadcrumbs, lemon, zest, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
In a small bowl, combine 1 1/2 Tablespoons dijon mustard and 1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice.
Using hands, one by one dip tofu slices in mustard ensuring all sides have a light coat. Transfer to baking dish with breadcrumbs and press tofu on all sides to make sure breaking sticks.
Transfer to baking sheet
Bake for 20 minutes
Remove from oven and let cool. Leftovers keep for 5-7 days.
Honey Mustard Sauce:
Combine all ingredients for honey mustard sauce and mix well.
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