Fried Coconut Flavored Tofu Recipe

Posted on Jan 9 2013 - 9:26pm by Susan Bewley

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


  1. Drain the tofu well and set to dry for about ten minute on a dry plate.
  2. 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.
  3. Cut Tofu horizontally in half, and then cut into 18 – 24 square pieces.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Serve hot with a small side of soy sauce.


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

50 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Amanda @ mommymaywe January 10, 2013 at 10:31 am - Reply

    What exactly does tofu taste like? I've always wanted to try it but am afraid of it tasting horrible. 

    • Susan Bewley January 10, 2013 at 10:53 am - Reply

      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.

  2. Amber Edwards January 10, 2013 at 11:01 am - Reply

    I'm not a big tofu fan, but wow that looks delicious! I want to try it!

  3. Kelly R January 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this recipe.. I never tried Tofu.

  4. Melanie January 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    this actually looks tasty!

  5. Ashley January 10, 2013 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe! I don't eat tofu often, but do I love coconut flavoring. I'll have to try this out sometime 🙂

  6. Jennifer Comet Wagner January 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I love coconut flavored anything.

  7. Pam January 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    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.

  8. Sadie January 10, 2013 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I don't like coconut but Rach does.. we will have to try this!

    • Susan Bewley January 10, 2013 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      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 🙂

  9. Sarah @ East9thStreet January 11, 2013 at 12:03 am - Reply

    I've never tried to cook with tofu, it scares me! I think I've eaten it though. 🙂


  10. Heather Bryant January 11, 2013 at 5:15 am - Reply

    You have made me actually want to try tofu!  Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Paula -Growing Up Bilingual January 11, 2013 at 7:38 am - Reply

    This looks delicious!! I need to try it. Love coconut.

  12. Debi@TheSpringMount6Pack January 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    I have only made tofu one but it was good. I will have to try this recipe too. 

  13. Motherhood on the Rocks January 14, 2013 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    I love coconut! These sound amazing!

  14. jheylo January 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    i never tried tofu yet. they said it taste just like meat. i should try these one of these days

  15. Emilee January 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Ooh, that sounds good! I love quick, healthy meals!

  16. Marissa February 19, 2013 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    that looks delicious. I'm not a fan of coconut, so I'm not sure if I'll like it. 

  17. laurie damrose February 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I love this recipe!I am trying to incorporate more Tofu in my diet.Even my kids would enjoy this.

  18. charj February 24, 2013 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    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.


  19. San February 24, 2013 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    My family love tofu, I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

  20. natalie nichols March 3, 2013 at 12:16 am - Reply

    I love experimenting with tofu. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Lily Kwan March 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Christina Kelbel March 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Interesting! Not sureif my sons father would even try a meatless meal though. But I totally would and have.

  23. veronica lee April 18, 2013 at 2:29 am - Reply

    This looks like something my family will drool over!!   Gotta love tofu!

  24. krystel April 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    that loooks really good 

  25. Cyndee Hill Wells/Rude Mom Blog May 14, 2013 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Oh, I love tofu, my aunt Misaka would fix it all the time for us when we would see her.

  26. rebeka deleon May 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    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!

  27. Becky Schollian May 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    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!!

  28. krystel June 7, 2013 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    ive heard basd reviews about tofu and heard its really nasty but this tofu looks pretty actually good 

    • Susan Bewley June 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      Yeah, tofu recipes can be very hit or miss. Its one of the ones I truly love!

  29. Mer June 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    That sounds pretty good! I like the idead of a healthier fried food, and it would be interesting to experiment with different spices.

  30. md kennedy August 5, 2013 at 7:52 am - Reply

    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 August 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      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!

  31. Deb Anderson August 5, 2013 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Susan, this looks so delicious! I'm going to try it this weeken.  🙂

    • Susan Bewley August 5, 2013 at 11:15 pm - Reply

      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!

  32. Deborah D August 29, 2013 at 8:19 am - Reply

    This looks so good!!!!!!! I always wanted to try tofu now I can because of this great recipe!!!

  33. Greisy September 20, 2013 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    yummy yummy I wan  try  this   recipe  Thanks  for  share   🙂

  34. Joy Q October 27, 2013 at 10:23 am - Reply

    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.  

  35. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) November 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    one word: YUM! i love coconut. must try!

  36. Lisa November 3, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Well now I know what to do with the tofu in my refrigerator! This sounds delicious!

  37. Carly November 6, 2013 at 5:46 am - Reply

    Tofu is so good when you dress it up! I wish more people were adventurous with the vegetarian food.

  38. melissa cushing November 19, 2013 at 9:07 am - Reply

    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!

  39. Jennifer Saarinen February 11, 2014 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    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.

  40. M.Clark February 17, 2014 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    This is something that I have never done with tofu, I would love to give it a try.  Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  41. Shannon June 30, 2014 at 6:14 am - Reply

    I will have to try this one out. We love tofu. Thank you for sharing.

  42. Marie Lowther September 9, 2016 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the recipe! I ca’t wait to try it out!

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