Cornmeal Crusted Tofu Fries

If you are trying to cut back on carbs and also eat more plant-based protein, you know that you need to get creative sometimes to stay out of a food rut.  One of my go-to plant based protein recipes, that’s also low carb, is these lightly dredged tofu fries that get crispy when baked on the oven.  Tofu Fries are a great side dish or simple snack

Crispy Baked Tofu Fries

First up: Prepping and Draining Tofu

When I explain to friends how to make these, they always seem to wonder how to drain tofu without smashing it apart.  The key is to keep it in large slabs and press it out gently.  

First, slice the extra firm tofu in half lengthwise for two slab.  Next, take a regulation sized kitchen towel and fold it to a little wider than the tofu and then in halves until it fits around the tofu.   With a sheet pan-like object, press lightly, then firmly, in a uniform way for several seconds.  Or place a heavy object on top and let it set for 5 minutes or more.

Now, you’re ready to slice it into fries to get ready to cook

Crispy Baked Tofu Fries with Ranch and Ketchup

How to Make Crispy Tofu Fries

In a previous recipe for stir fry with crispy tofu, I use a similar cornmeal crust technique for cubed extra firm tofu. To simplify the process, I combine the corn meal and the corn starch together and leave out traditional steps like egg washes.

The corn starch creates a moisture barrier on the surface and the corn meal gets crispy and golden.  And there’s just enough moisture on the surface to hold it in place without getting mushy.   What you’re left with are these crispy cornmeal crusted tofu fries that are ready to dip in your favorite sauce.

Crispy Baked Tofu Fries and sauces

Picking the Right Tofu

Your options are usually silken, firm and extra firm.  You definitely want the extra firm.  I’ve used firm in a pinch and it’s too soft to work with.

Even with Extra Firm Tofu, you want to be careful handling the fries, especially when applying the coating.

As you can see below, it’s best to use a small square dish and dust them one at a time.  I give them a gentle roll in the pan and shake off any excess.

Dredging and Coating Tofu Fries with Cornmeal
Dredging and Coating Tofu Fries with Cornmeal

Other Uses for Crispy Baked Tofu

These tofu fries don’t necessarily have to be a standalone item.  They are also great additions with a tortilla for tofu wraps. 

Another great use is leaving them a little wider so they go on a bun as a sandwich with mayo, lettuce and onion.  They basically act as a kind of vegetarian chicken tender.

I’m sure you can find many other ways to use them as a base for your own healthy tofu recipes.

Cornmeal Crusted Tofu Fries
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Take your low-carb, plant based proten snacking to the next level with these cornmeal crusted tofu fries. They are a perfect substitute for potato fries!

Cuisine: Vegetarian
Author: Tony Bailey
Ingredients
  • 1 Container Extra Firm Tofu
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Corn Starch
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn Meal
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Seasoned Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees with your sheet pan

  2. Cut the slab of tofu in half lengthwise, wrap with a towel & gently press out the moisture

  3. Cut the two slabs into 5 to 6 slices each

  4. In shallow dish, mix dry ingredients and lightly coat each tofu fry.  Handle gently as they can break easily

  5. Remove the sheet pan and coat lightly with oil.  Be careful as it may splatter

  6. Bake 10 minutes and carefully flip with a spatula  They should be done in 20 minutes, but go for more if you like them extra crispy

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