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Crispy Tofu.

Updated: Apr 18, 2022

From BBC Good Food.

  • 165cals if 4 servings.

  • Prep: 5 mins

  • Cook: 10 mins plus 20 mins draining

  • Easy

  • Serves 2-4

Fry tofu in a coating of smoked paprika, garlic and seasoning to make these crispy tofu bites. Eat as a snack or as a starter or side dish in a veggie feast. I've served mine here with stir fry vegetables and noodles.


  • 400g block firm tofu

  • 3 tbsp cornflour

  • ½ tsp garlic granules

  • ½ tsp smoked paprika

  • ½ tsp fine sea salt

  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil


  • STEP 1

Drain the tofu, wrap in 4-5 sheets of kitchen paper, put on a plate and put something heavy over the top, like a wooden chopping board, or a tray with a few tins on it. Leave for 20 mins to drain the excess moisture from the tofu.

  • STEP 2

Mix the cornflour, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Unravel the tofu from the paper, cut in half through the centre, then cut into triangles, cubes or strips.

  • STEP 3

Toss the tofu pieces in the spiced cornflour to coat all over. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Fry the tofu for 2-4 mins on each side until golden, crunchy and browned at the edges. Smaller cubes will take 2 mins each side, larger triangles will take 4 mins. Cook in batches if you need to, adding a little more oil if the pan gets dry.

  • STEP 4

Drain the cooked tofu on kitchen paper and season with a pinch more salt before serving.

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