Crispy tofu

  • Preparation and cooking time
    • 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.

  • Dairy-free

  • Egg-freeGluten-free

  • Vegan

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving (4)











  • 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.


By Anna Glover / Food editor

Anna Glover is olive’s food editor, and a cookery writer and food stylist. She loves whipping up new creations with well-known ingredients to create easily accessible recipes that everyone can make

(Source:; January 14, 2022;
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