Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tofu O' the Sea

A bit of cheater post tonight (turns out I am tired and shagged out following a prolonged day of work and then coming home to four overactive kids. Who knew?) in that this recipe is a variation on another I recently posted. The kids were wary of the seaweed, but Vegan Mom and I totally loved it.

- 1 pkg extra firm tofu
- 4 sheets nori

- 1 1/4 cup plain soy milk
- 2 tbsp mustard
- 2 tbsp hot sauce
- 1/2 tsp salt

- 3/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp salt
- large pinch ground pepper
- 2 tbsp kelp granules

- about 1 1/2 cups cornflake crumbs

- oil for frying

1. Cut tofu into 12 slices. Line a baking sheet with a towel, then place the tofu on top. Put a towel on top of the tofu, then put another baking sheet on top of that. Put a weight on top and press the tofu for 15 mins.
2. Cut the nori sheets into 3 equal strips each. Brush one strip with water, then tightly wrap around a piece of tofu (don't worry if you don't cover all the surface area). Repeat with remaining nori and tofu and set aside.
3. Get a frying pan heating on the stove over medium to medium high heat.
4. Whisk together soy milk, mustard, hot sauce, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together flour, salt, and kelp in a another. Place 1/2 cup of the cornflake crumbs in yet another bowl.
5. Dip a piece of the tofu into the soy milk mixture, then dredge in the flour mixture. Set on a baking sheet. Repeat with all the tofu.
6. Add about 1/4 inch of oil to the frying pan. Re-dip 4 pieces in the soy milk mixture, then toss in the cornflake crumbs (one at a time, of course, adding more panko to the bowl if needed). Fry for a few mins per side, until golden and crispy (adjusting heat as needed. Cornflakes burn mch easier than panko crumbs, so watch the heat). Drain on paper towels or a paper bag.
7. Add fresh cornflake the bowl (another 1/2 cup or so) and repeat step 5 with another four pieces, adding more oil as needed. Repeat again with the remaining four pieces.
8. Serve with tartar sauce: vegan mayo, minced onion, and chopped sweet pickle in whatever ratio suits you.


wendysue said...

I just made the golden crispy tofu last night for the first time, and we loved it. Picky granddaughter called it chicken and dipped it in ketchup. We adults dipped it in a sauce made with vegan mayo, sriracha sauce, garlic & lemon juice. It was delicious, and easier than I expected. I'm now excited to try this variation - yum! Thank you for sharing your creativity & talent

Jesse said...

I've always been hesitant to try mock seafood - but this recipe makes it more tempting. The picture looks great!

vegan.in.brighton said...

Oh yum, that looks completely delicious! I'll be trying the recipe soon.

Meri said...

What a cool concept for your blog! I am not a vegan but I eat pretty close to it most of the time, and its exciting to see vegan food made fast and family friendly, as in- won't freak people out haha!

Jennifer said...

This looks amazing! I just bought tofu and I happen to have some nori waiting to be used. I don't have or have access to the kelp flakes though. Do you think more crushed up nori would work?

Joey said...

Hi Vegan Dad:
Love this recipe, but I don't like to fry my foods, what temperature would you suggest to cook these at and for how long. I love breaded and I'd love to try this.
thank you
Jo :)

Sam said...

I have to ask, since I'm rather terrified of fried food...could these be baked? >.> They sound amazing. I wouldn't have thought of wrapping the tofu in nori first!

Sneaky Vegan said...

This looks amazing!! Perfect sub for my random fish-n-chips cravings! Just came across your blog. So nice to see a Vegan Dad out there. Bravo!

VegPsychology said...

Can't wait to try this, I used to love seafood!

beetfriseur said...

Amazing! SO good!
The cornflake coating is really great and both with and without nori the tofu is very delicious. Thanks for sharing!

ceder said...

Dear Vegan Dad,

I would like to give your book to my wife as a present, do you send bound - and signed - copies overseas (in this case Germany)?

Kind Regards

Niels C.

todd said...

This would be a fantastic finger food for kids, and the healthiest "fish sticks" ever! It was wonderful as tofu steaks, too.

Rob Parsons said...

Vegan Dad I am new to this world of vegan food. The more I venture into this lifestyle the more I am enjoying it. I am wanting to host a cooking class at our local college in Welland, ON. and I am wondering if you would suggest a couple of recipes I might be able to use from your blog. I have tried a few and they have been a hit with my teenagers. My wife is the one who has been really moving forward with respect to what we are putting into our bodies. I am not completely vegan, but i have noticed my grocery shopping habits are changing and I am starting to tire of meat. So, any help with a couple of recipes and with your permission to use them for the purpose of educating others on healthy choices that taste great would be very much appreciated. Thanks Rob

Phoenixville Philosophy said...

made these last night! so so yummy... thanks for another successful meal!

thatdamnvegan said...

Wow that looks amazing. I can't wait to try it!

My sister and I love your blog!


Andy said...

First mock seafood that I actually enjoyed-- thank you!