Our Crispy Tofu Bites start out as strips of tofu that soak up flavor while sitting in a seasoned tamari and tomato paste marinade. When ready, the tofu is breaded with flour then baked. You will be amazed at how crunchy they get without oil! After 45 minutes, these savory snacks can go right from the oven to the plate. Enjoy them as an appetizer at your next social gathering, or as a fun snack for family night.
1 block tofu, extra firm, pressed
1/3 cup flour, brown rice
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons tamari, low-sodium
1 tablespoon arrowroot or cornstarch
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoon nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon basil or oregano, dry
Mustard or hot sauce of choice for serving (optional)
Press tofu and set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together water, tamari, tomato paste, maple syrup, nutritional yeast, and half the amount of onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano.
Slice tofu into strips or chunks then place inside bowl. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1-4 hours.
Preheat oven to 425°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix flour and cornstarch in a bowl. Add remaining garlic powder, onion powder and oregano to season flour mixture.
Remove tofu from marinade. Transfer to flour mixture and coat all sides of each tofu strip. Tap to remove excess flour and place breaded tofu pieces on baking sheet.
Bake 45 minutes, flipping halfway. Remove from oven and serve.
Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD
Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD is Founding Director of UC Davis Integrative Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the School of Medicine at the University of California Davis. Blending a life-long passion for food and nutrition with over 20 years of scientific experience in genetic research, Dr. Oliveira is devoted to educating people about how food and lifestyle choices can affect genetic expression–i.e. how genes are turned on and off and either cause disease or promote health. She is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has lived in the US since 2003.