Every time someone tells me that they do not like tofu, or that they think it is plain and tasteless, my heart aches for their poor soul because they must be so naive to think that tofu is meant to be eaten raw and plain. It is time that the world opens its eyes to all the endless, magical possibilities of tofu! This recipe for tofu nuggets is just one in a million shapes and flavours that tofu can be moulded into. But if you are already a tofu fanatic like myself, I highly recommend using this recipe as a gateway into the world of tofu for your family, friends, colleagues, who just do not see tofu for what a majestic beast of an ingredient it truly is.
These tofu nuggets are by no means healthy as they are fried in a lot of oil. However, if you wish to do so, you may try cooking them in the oven instead. These tofu nuggets really are the definition of vegan comfort food and I hope you give them a try.
- 1 block of tofu (approx. 180 grams)
- 3/4 cup plain all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup unsweetened soya milk
- 3/4 cup bread crumbs or crushed cornflakes
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- Oil for frying
- Cut the block of tofu into rectangles roughly the size of regular nuggets. If you wish, you may also shape them with some curves resembling the classic nugget shape.
- In a bowl combine the flour, paprika, ground cumin, salt, and black pepper. After you have stirred the dry ingredients together, add in the unsweetened soya milk a little bit at a time. You should end up with a batter that is not too runny yet not too solid. Adjust the amount of liquid added to the batter if need be.
- In a shallow bowl combine the bread crumbs or crushed cornflakes with the nutritional yeast. If you do not have nutritional yeast, you can just substitute it with extra bread crumbs.
- Once you have your batter and breading bowls ready, heat up a fairly small pot of frying oil.
- For frying the tofu nuggets, begin by coating your tofu pieces in the batter then transfer them to the breading bowl and cover the battered tofu in the bread crumbs. I recommend you do this one piece at a time. Before you start frying, you can throw in a piece of tofu or batter into the pot of oil and if the piece starts bubbling immediately then you can start cooking your tofu nuggets. Once your tofu piece is battered and covered in bread crumbs, carefully transfer them into your pot of hot oil and allow them to fry for about 2-3 minutes (until the crust hardens and turns golden). After this, carefully transfer them on a paper towel and allow to drain off the excess oil.