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Crispy Tofu Bites

A breaded, baked, crunchy snack that, after a short marinade, can go from oven to plate in 45 minutes.

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 80 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 pieces 1x
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Crispy Tofu Bites

  • 1 block tofu, extra firm, pressed
  • Mustard or hot sauce of choice for serving (optional)


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp tamari, low-sodium
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp basil or oregano, dry


  • 1/3 cup flour, brown rice
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot or cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp basil or oregano, dry


  1. Press tofu and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients.
  3. Slice tofu into strips or chunks then place inside bowl. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1-4 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Mix flour and arrowroot/cornstarch in a bowl. Add garlic powder, onion powder and oregano to season flour mixture.
  6. Remove tofu from marinade. Transfer to flour mixture and coat all sides of each tofu strip. Tap to remove excess flour and place breaded tofu pieces on baking sheet.
  7. Bake 45 minutes, flipping halfway. Remove from oven and serve.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.