Breaded Marinated Tofu Sticks

Breaded Marinated Tofu Sticks

This recipe can be made lots of different ways!  I encourage you to experiment with different spice, vinegar, flour, nut/seed and/or oil combinations.

Here are some possibilities that come to mind:

  • Mexican– cumin, chili powder, oregano, chipotle, cayenne, hot sauce, salsa
  • Italian– garlic, Italian spice blend, basil, crushed fennel, nutritional yeast, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, vinegar from a Kalamata olive jar
  • Curry– turmeric, cumin, coriander, curry powder/curry paste, garam masala, powdered ginger/ginger juice, fine shredded coconut, toasted sesame oil (for the marinade, not frying).
  • Vegan seafood (fish/crab) style– Old Bay Seasoning, dill weed, malt vinegar, dill pickle vinegar, beer for marinade, lemon juice, nori flakes
  • Savory– thyme, sage, powdered rosemary, parsley, celery salt, black pepper, paprika

Tonight, I made these tofu sticks for tacos, so that’s why the recipe below includes cumin and chili powder.  I made this batch “non-spicy'” so that I could offer them to my 7 month old baby.

Also– I used ground raw cashews only because I happen to buy cashews by the 5-pound bag (from, and I have a jar of ground cashews ready to go in my fridge. Of course, you can omit the nuts or substitute another kind.



Coconut or olive oil

1- 14 oz block organic extra firm tofu

2 T tamari or organic soy sauce
2 T rice wine vinegar
1/2 t liquid smoke
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t chili powder
dash oregano

1/4 C all-purpose flour
1/4 C organic cornmeal
2 T organic cornstarch
2 T ground raw cashews


  1. Drain and press the tofu for a couple hours.  Discard the extra liquid, then cut the tofu into sticks.
  2. Combine the marinade ingredients:  soy sauce, vinegar, liquid smoke and spices.
  3. Marinate the tofu sticks in a single layer for a couple hours.
  4. Combine the breading ingredients in a gallon size plastic bag:  flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, and nuts.
  5. Before frying, toss the sticks in the breading mixture.  Add any excess liquid to the frying pan.
  6. Put some oil in a large fry/saute pan and heat on medium.
  7. Cook the sticks until golden, flipping every few minutes so that all sides are browned.

Enjoy!  I guarantee these will disappear fast!

Tofu Tacos

Tofu Tacos