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These tofu nuggets with sriracha mayo are a real treat! They're crunchy, flavorful and so easy to make! The recipe is also quick to make, in about 30 minutes the nuggets are ready to be served!
What's more, this recipe only requires "normal" ingredients like breadcrumbs, tofu and spices. So you'll find everything you need in any supermarket.
The sriracha mayo is the cherry on top, it gives this recipe an extra kick of flavor and makes the vegan nuggets even more delicious.
Before you jump into the kitchen to make this recipe, I suggest sou read this blog-post carefully. This
To make these vegan nuggets you'll only need the following ingredients:
For the batter:
For the coating:
- onion powder
- garlic powder
For the nuggets:
- 1 block of firm-tofu
For the nuggets, it's important to use extra firm tofu, which is a tofu with a very compact and meaty consistency.
If the tofu you have is not extra firm, I suggest you put it in the freezer overnight, defrost it and squeeze it gently to remove any excess water. This will change the consistency, making it more compact.
To form the nuggets, we first dip a piece of tofu into the batter and then coat it with the breadcrumbs-panko mixture.
The cornstarch in the batter is the key to making crispy nuggets. This is because the cornstarch contains a higher percentage of amylose, a carbohydrate that makes the batter extra crunchy when deep-fried. So don't skip it or you might end up with soggy nuggets!
In order for the nuggets to maintain their shape it's important to form them and then let them rest for 10-15 minutes. You can start heating the oil while you wait 🙂
For the coating, I like to use both traditional breadcrumbs and panko (Japanese breadcrumbs). This is because panko is made of larger bread granules than traditional breadcrumbs and makes for a crispier fry. I like to mix them because together they make an absolutely amazing and extra crunchy coating!
If you can't find one or the other, that's okay. The nuggets will be just as delicious, but I recommend using both if you can.
Spices are also important for the coating. I like to add garlic and onion powder and salt. If you want, you can also add sesame seeds, parsley, paprika, pepper, cayenne pepper etc. It's a matter of taste.
After you have formed the nuggets, let them rest for 10-15 minutes. In this way the coating will become firm and won't brake while deep-frying.
To best fry the tofu nuggets use vegetable oil and add the nuggets only when the oil is hot. I always test this by tossing a piece of panko into the oil, if the oil starts to bubble it means it's ready for frying.
Fry the nuggets for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown like the one in the photo below.
You can also bake the nuggets if you prefer. In this case, however, before you coat the nuggets you'll need to toast the breadcrumb-panko mixture. This step will make sure that the nuggets will become super crispy and delish in the oven.
To do so, just toast the breadcrumbs and panko in the oven for 5 minutes at 200° C (392 °F). Then add the spices to the bread-mixture and form the nuggets.
Once the nuggets are formed you can start preheating the oven to 200 °C (392 °F). Place the nuggets on a baking tray lined with baking paper and top them with a drizzle of oil. Once the oven is hot, bake them for 20 minutes and flip them halfway through.
How to store
In the fridge: store leftover tofu nuggets in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. To reheat, place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake them for a couple of minutes at 200 °C (392 °C).
How to freeze and reheat
If you want to, you can make the nuggets ahead of time and freeze them after cooking. To do so just:
- Let the them cool completely.
- Transfer them to a freezer zipper-lock bag and seal. Freeze up to 1 month. Do no thaw before reheating.
- Reheat the nuggets in the oven. Place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake them at 200 °C (392 °C) until golden and crispy (15-20 minutes).
Vegan Sriracha Mayo Dip
My favorite sauce to serve with these nuggets is sriracha mayonnaise. To make it, simply mix 4 parts vegan mayonnaise with 1 part sriracha. If you're not familiar with sriracha, it's a spicy sauce that you'll easily find in the Asian section of supermarkets.
That being said you can also serve them with plain ketchup or tartar sauce!
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Best Ever Tofu Nuggets with Sriracha-Mayo
- 200 g extra-firm tofu ((7 oz))
- 100 g all-purpose flour ((3½ oz))
- 30 g cornstarch ((1 oz))
- 150 ml water ((⅗ cup))
- ½ cup panko
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
Sriracha mayo dip
- 3 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp sriracha
- Pat the tofu dry, slice it in half length wise and cut it into 1 inch cubes. Set aside.
- For the batter, add flour, starch and water to a bowl and mix until smooth. Set aside.
- In another bowl, add panko, breadcrumbs, onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Mix until combined.
- Take one tofu cube, dip it into the wet-mixture.
- Then dip it into the crumb mixture, roll around, and place on a dish. Repeat with remaining tofu.
- Heat oil in over medium high heat. When oil is hot, add the nuggets.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Remove to a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
- For the sriracha dip, add mayo and sriracha to a small bowl and mix until combined.
- Serve the nuggets with the sriracha dip and enjoy!