As a busy working woman and blogger, it’s sometimes hard finding healthy recipes to make at night for my family. After working all day on my writing business, I sometimes feel too exhausted to make complicated recipes. While eating healthy isn’t as expensive as it may seem – cooking healthy meals in the kitchen is often time consuming. While there are pre-packaged meals you can get in the frozen food section, I refuse to buy those heavily processed, overpriced meals. Instead, I go for recipes that are simple, easy to make, and oh so very delicious – like tofu recipes!
On our vegetarian nights, I sometimes enjoy cooking with tofu. One of the things I am very picky about, however, is how I cook it since quite a few of the tofu recipes out there are just…well…nasty. I have found that tofu recipes that originate from Asian countries are typically best since they don’t try making tofu anything more than what it is – tofu. Really, I find that to be the main reason most people hate tofu since companies try making it taste like meat and other items, when in actuality, tofu has a wonderful, clean taste of its own.
While I am normally against frying, I do make an exception when I can completely control how items are fried. For example, I love frying with coconut oil since it is very healthy and isn’t filled with unhealthy animal fats. From my own experience, if fried properly, it also takes less oil and cooking time to fry with coconut oil, allowing you to have food that less greasy and more flavorful. As well, coconut oil gives a very light coconut flavor to what you are frying, allowing you to have some of the benefits of coconut flakes without the extra sugar and fat! Below is one of my favorite quick fix tofu recipes. It’s very easy to make and if you want a spicier flavor, just add more spices to the flour mixture.
Fried Coconut Flavored Tofu Recipe
- 1 Package Extra Firm Tofu
- 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper freshly ground
- 1 Cup Panko
- Coconut Oil
- Soy Sauce For Dipping
- Drain the tofu well and set to dry for about ten minute on a dry plate.
- As the tofu is drying, divide the ingredients into 3 bowls – one with panko, one with eggs, and the third with the rice and pepper.
- Cut Tofu horizontally in half, and then cut into 18 – 24 square pieces.
- Very carefully start breading each of the tofu pieces – first with the flour mixture, than the egg, and finish with the panko breading. Place each piece of tofu on a plate and repeat until all the pieces are breaded.
- Fill a frying pan with coconut oil. Coconut oil melts and heats up quickly, so be careful! There should be about ¼ inch of coconut oil in the pan. Test the coconut oil to see if it’s the right temperature. Place the tip of a wooden toothpick of chopstick in the pan – if the oil is bubbling around the tip, it is hot enough for frying.
- Place all the tofu pieces in the pan and brown each side of the pieces of tofu. When finished, each piece should look golden brown.
- Serve hot with a small side of soy sauce.
Amanda @ mommymaywe says
What exactly does tofu taste like? I've always wanted to try it but am afraid of it tasting horrible.
Susan Bewley says
Tofu takes on the flavor of whatever sauce or seasoning you decide to use. If you eat it by itself right out of the container, it is watery, a bit firm, like an almost thick, milky jello. It is more a palatte clenser than a flavor, if it makes any sense.
Amber Edwards says
I'm not a big tofu fan, but wow that looks delicious! I want to try it!
Kelly R says
Thank you for sharing this recipe.. I never tried Tofu.
this actually looks tasty!
Thanks for the recipe! I don't eat tofu often, but do I love coconut flavoring. I'll have to try this out sometime 🙂
Jennifer Comet Wagner says
I love coconut flavored anything.
I love coconut flavoring also. Tofu not so much. Although I have had a few things made from Tofu that I enjoyed. I might just give this a try. It looks very good.
I don't like coconut but Rach does.. we will have to try this!
Susan Bewley says
It’s a very subtle coconut flavor – with a sauce you likely wouldn’t taste it. My husband ate it with tomoto sauce for lunch and said he couldn’t taste it, so I’m assuming that would work 🙂
Sarah @ East9thStreet says
I've never tried to cook with tofu, it scares me! I think I've eaten it though. 🙂
Heather Bryant says
You have made me actually want to try tofu! Thanks for the recipe!
Paula -Growing Up Bilingual says
This looks delicious!! I need to try it. Love coconut.
I have only made tofu one but it was good. I will have to try this recipe too.
Motherhood on the Rocks says
I love coconut! These sound amazing!
i never tried tofu yet. they said it taste just like meat. i should try these one of these days
Ooh, that sounds good! I love quick, healthy meals!
that looks delicious. I'm not a fan of coconut, so I'm not sure if I'll like it.
laurie damrose says
I love this recipe!I am trying to incorporate more Tofu in my diet.Even my kids would enjoy this.
This looks really good. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe. I'd probably add some additional seasoning like sea vegetables and Old Bay, or cajun seasoning.
My family love tofu, I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks!
natalie nichols says
I love experimenting with tofu. Thanks for the recipe!
Lily Kwan says
This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!
Christina Kelbel says
Interesting! Not sureif my sons father would even try a meatless meal though. But I totally would and have.
veronica lee says
This looks like something my family will drool over!! Gotta love tofu!
that loooks really good
Cyndee Hill Wells/Rude Mom Blog says
Oh, I love tofu, my aunt Misaka would fix it all the time for us when we would see her.
rebeka deleon says
I am going to buy tofu next time i go to the store and make this for myself. i am sure i will be the only one eating eat but you never know!
Becky Schollian says
Fantastic!! This will be my first Tofu recipe. My son recntly got into supplements, Body by Vi, the gym and all that comes with it. When I make family meals my will eat before he comes over. Now I will have a marvelous dish for all of us. We love coconut. This will taste great and make for a good meal. Thanks!!
ive heard basd reviews about tofu and heard its really nasty but this tofu looks pretty actually good
Susan Bewley says
Yeah, tofu recipes can be very hit or miss. Its one of the ones I truly love!
That sounds pretty good! I like the idead of a healthier fried food, and it would be interesting to experiment with different spices.
md kennedy says
Great recipe! I may make this tonight for Meatless Monday. One tofu tip: after squeezing out some of the water in the tofu, I soak it in very salty water for at least an hour, drain and dry before using. This pulls even more of the water out of the tofu and makes it more crispy.
Susan Bewley says
That is a great tip! If you can handle the extra calories, I have also started adding coconut flakes to my panko. This make it taste even more amazing!
Deb Anderson says
Susan, this looks so delicious! I'm going to try it this weeken. 🙂
Susan Bewley says
I really hope you like it! Its one of our favorite quick dishes. If you want something a little sweeter, add coconut flakes to the batter!
Deborah D says
This looks so good!!!!!!! I always wanted to try tofu now I can because of this great recipe!!!
yummy yummy I wan try this recipe Thanks for share 🙂
Joy Q says
Agedashi tofu is one of my favorite tofu dishes to get out at a restaurant & this looks really simular. I cannot wait to try it soon. Thanks for the recipe.
alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says
one word: YUM! i love coconut. must try!
Well now I know what to do with the tofu in my refrigerator! This sounds delicious!
Tofu is so good when you dress it up! I wish more people were adventurous with the vegetarian food.
melissa cushing says
This looks like something I may want to try! I have personally never tried Tofu, but this may be something I could see my self loving and trying! Thanks so much!
Jennifer Saarinen says
I'd love to give this recipe a try. I want to include more vegetarian dishes in my diet and I recently started buying coconut oil from Costco. Can't wait to make this.
This is something that I have never done with tofu, I would love to give it a try. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
I will have to try this one out. We love tofu. Thank you for sharing.
Marie Lowther says
Thank you for the recipe! I ca’t wait to try it out!