Saturday, February 27, 2010

Crispy Cajun Tofu Sticks

My approach to tofu these days is to coat it in some kind of spice mixture before doing anything else. This is a great way to add lots of flavour to the otherwise neutral bean curd. After coating with spices you can fry it, grill it, coat it with sauce . . . whatever suits your fancy. This tofu is dipped in soymilk and coated with bread crumbs (cereal, actually) to provide some crispy crunch. I think these would have been even better with some kind of dipping sauce, so I am open to suggestions.

- 1 pkg extra firm tofu, cut into sticks
- 3/4 cup soymilk
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- bread crumbs, or crushed cereal

Spice Mix
- 2 tsp (smoked) paprika
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ground thyme
- 1/2 tsp ground bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- cayenne pepper to taste

1. Mix together ingredients for spice mixture in a large bowl. Add in tofu sticks and gently toss to coat.
2. Mix together soy milk and vinegar. Dip a tofu stick in mixture, then toss in bread crumbs or crushed cereal to coat. Repeat with remaining sticks.
3. From here you have two options: 1. Fry in 350 degree oil; or 2. Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 mins, turning half way through.


Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

So excited to try these! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new Smoked Paprika I got a few weeks back and have been experimenting with it ever since. How did I live without the stuff???

Adrien said...


Oh man- they look so good, I cannot wait to try these out! Thank you! I've been looking for something like this for so long!

Claire said...

These need cocktail sauce! That is, ketchup enhanced with a little prepared horseradish (and Tabasco sauce, if you dare).

Whitney Lauritsen said...

Wow, those look really good! ~ Eco-Vegan Gal

Shannon said...

Maybe some vegan remoulade. I think that's what I would try. Otherwise maybe vegan aioli or, since you mentioned smoked paprika, romesco. Mmm, now I want to make these just to have an excuse to eat the sauces.

Virginie Péan said...

I don't know very much Cajun Recipes. So, unfortunately, I don't have any sauce suggestions, but I'm opened to your Cajun recipes ! Thanks.

kirsten said...

these look really yummy!
I think a mustard and maple syrup dipping sauce would be tasty

Claire said...

Orange chili dipping sauce -

1/4 cup veganaise
2 TBSP orange marmalade
1/2 TBSP sweet chili sauce

It's a friend's recipe, it's absolutely phenomenal.

Belle Dee said...

Those look yummy and easy to make! I might try these tonight.
I wanted to know: Was this tofu pressed at all to drain out the water? and What particular bread-like coating is used on the sticks in the photo? I ask because it looks like there might be some oat in there.

Shirley said...

These look really good. What kind of cereal would you recommend?

nothoney said...

Hi, I made your recipe tonight with bread crumbs and baked them in the oven. They are delicious with the remoulade from "Vegan Brunch." Thanks for posting!


Nita said...

We made these tonight and liked them! I used a slightly different mix of spices, and served them with mango chutney. Tasted great!

Jessica said...

Maybe instead of plain tofu inside, you could mash the tofu up with some spinach and maybe some spicy peppers or nutritional yeast. Then it's not so.. tofu-y, and more nutritious. As far dressing, some sort of veganized ranch dressing would be fantastic.

I'm going to make these this week!

pulltaffy said...

Wow those look good! My cooking experiments are barely edible, let alone picture-worthy!

I have a question: is there a trick to getting the coating to stick to the tofu? I usually press my tofu before I do anything to it, but then if I try to put a breading on it, the coating won't stay on. Would it be better not to blot the tofu before I start?

Mary said...

Oh, yum! Those look kind of like fish sticks, so maybe tartar sauce (vegenaise+pickle relish)?

Whitney said...

Hi Vegan Dad! (I started to type "VD," but changed that!)

Looks great! What kind of cereal did you use -- something oaty? Or something more akin to corn flakes?

Clearly I am a novice cook who is not willing to take chances. ha!

Your blog fan,


Vegan Dad said...

Any flaked cereal will do, really. I usually go for corn flakes or something, but this was some kind of multi grain thing because it was the only cereal I had lying around.

Money Funk said...

I love to coat my tofu sticks in panko crumbs. Yum! This looks pretty tasty too. No sauce ideas off the top of my head.

Oh wait, how about taking soy yogurt and mixing with a chipolte pepper in adobo sauce. Spicy!

Lauren said...

I am a fairly new reader... made these for dinner tonight... big hit!

Thank you!

vegebon said...

Hello !
Your recipe looks so yummy and easy to do, thanks a lot for sharing it !!
As for a sauce I would go for a tomate-based one (ketchup or salsa)... which is not a very exotic suggestion, I bet you have already thought of it ^^ ! I'm sorry I'm quite a cook beginner...
I love your blog and have bookmarked you in mine :).

Natalie said...

These look delicious and very easy to make. I would probably go with some fruit-based dipping sauce like mango.

cowabunga said...

I had trouble getting the breading to stick, am I doing something wrong? It just slip-slided right off!

What did stick, however, was delicious. :)

whatiwore said...

These look fabulous! Thanks for sharing :)

The Vegan Snorkeler said...

Yum! I'm going to try these tomorrow! Thanks for posting such an easy and delicious recipe. I think I'll whip up a Vegenaise/hot sauce mixture to go with them.

James said...

Sauces that work for this I've used were sweet chili sauce, thai chili sauce, honey mustard, curry dip (curry powder, pepper and veganaise) and mango chutney.

Vegan Dad said...

Dipping in the soy milk then breading usually solves this problem. I have never had the breading fall off (not that this helps you at all).

Karen said...

Oh. Yum. You just scored your 1495th follower! I am so excited about your recipes! Technically we're a vegetarian family. I've been vegan before and would like to do it again. My husband, however, is a cheese lover. If he has to cook for himself, it's usually with cheese.

Cassie - Vegan Fox said...

Those look so delicious!