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Crusted Tofu

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Pigout Pigless Porkrind crusted tofu is the perfect match of spices and crunch to take your tofu game to the next level!!! If anybody has ever told you they don’t like tofu, they haven’t tried these! What are Pigout Pigless Porkrinds you ask? They are vegan pork rinds that come in a variety of flavors. You can find them here: https://outstandingfoods.com/products/pig-out-pork-rinds If you can’t find them, you can use panko crumbs infused with some cayenne or spice of choice.

breaded tofu in a white bowl with a side of kale

How to make Crusted Tofu

I know a lot of people that use a tofu press to get all the excess water out of tofu. I personally just drain the tofu, wrap it in a thin dishcloth and put a heavy pan on top…easy as that!

Honestly unsure how I feel about the flax to bind these. It’s far healthier, taste perfectly fine but it doesn’t hold SUPER well. I would still use it again but be more careful handling the coating.

I pulsed the rinds in my food processor to crush them quicker. You want them to be crushed, but not super fine powder, so do not over pulse! It is fine to have some larger pieces.

Cooking these in the air fryer at 380F is what I’ve found works best. Keep in mind, all air fryers are different. It worked out just fine and I kept my eye on them for about 10-14 minutes. Spray the strips lightly with oil before frying, I prefer avocado oil.

These taste great on their own, I made a quick kale salad to go with them today. Some potato wedges would be awesome too! I have a great recipe here: Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

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breaded tofu in a white bowl with a side of kale

Crusted Tofu


  • Author: Candice
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Pigout Pigless Porkrind crusted tofu is the perfect match of spices and crunch to take your tofu game to the next level!!! If anybody has ever told you they don’t like tofu, they haven’t tried these!


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Ingredients

  • 1 block firm tofu
  • 3 to 4 TBSP of flax meal
  • 3 to 4 TBSP of hot water
  • 1 cup of crushed pigless rinds — or panko
  • spray oil

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 380F.
  2. Mix the flax with the hot water, set aside in a shallow dish.
  3. Rinse and pat dry the tofu.
  4. Cut tofu into desired shape — I used rectangle.
  5. Dip the tofu into the flax mixture.
  6. Then dip the tofu into the rinds, pressing firmly
  7. Spray with a generous amount of oil (I used olive oil) 
  8. Place in air fryer for 10 to 14 minutes.  No need to flip them.

Notes

I used pigless pork rinds, you can use any coating of your choice.  Just make sure it is crumbled enough to ‘stick’ to the tofu.

For the spay oil, I used olive oil spray, I’ve found that any spray oil will work.

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can pan fry over medium heat for about 5 minutes each side.

Not sure if these make good leftovers, there’s never any left to try!

  • Category: Tofu
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: tofu, vegan, vegetarian, air fryer, easy, appetizer, dinner, side dish

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