Crispy Fried Tofu Sandwiches

A fried chicken sandwich is one of those things I had written off as a meal I will never consume again. I used to love the crispy/zesty taste of a fast-food chicken sandwich (guilty as charged!!) but figured it would be impossible to make a vegan version, and even if I tried, it would be nowhere near as tasty. But I stand corrected!

Connoisseurus Veg has a great recipe for “chicken-fried” tofu that I very slightly modified to fit my cabinet contents (recipe below). It was absolutely delicious, not in the least bit healthy, and as crispy as those crispy fast-food sandwiches I’ve been dreaming about. A rich and flavorful marinade gives the tofu depth and that “chicken”-like experience, and a seasoned batter kicks things up even another notch!

We topped ours with some vegan coleslaw and dill pickle slices, but please feel free to add any toppings your heart desires. Also, if you shop at Trader Joe’s, I suggest buying their Super Firm tofu block for this recipe. If you can’t find that, extra firm tofu will work just fine. A great tip is to freeze and thaw your tofu package before cooking with it, to help it keep its structure and slightly improve its texture.

Ingredients
Marinade
1 cup vegetable broth
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
dash Cajun seasoning
1 package super or extra firm tofu, drained and pressed into paper towels

Batter
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 Tbsp flaxseed meal
2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 tsp salt

Flour Coating
1 cup flour
scant 1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 salt

1 cup vegetable oil for frying
4 ciabatta rolls for serving
vegan coleslaw and dill pickles for serving, optional

Instructions
Cut the tofu block into 4 equal slabs, about 1/2-3/4″ thick. Place in a shallow dish. Stir together all the marinade ingredients in a small bowl and pour the marinade over the tofu blocks. Let sit for at least 1 hour (up to 12 hours). Meanwhile, combine the batter ingredients in a shallow bowl. Sift the flour coating ingredients together in another shallow bowl. Once tofu is marinated, pour the vegetable oil into a deep skillet (the oil should be about 1/2 inch deep) and bring to medium heat; it is ready when a drop of water sizzles immediately. Dredge your marinated tofu slabs in the flour coating, then dip both sides in the batter to coat, and return to the flour coating to cover it with a second coat. Place the slabs in the hot oil and fry for 3-5 minutes on both sides, or until golden brown. Do not overcrowd the pan. Remove the fried tofu from the pan and place on a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Once all the tofu is ready, serve on ciabatta buns with coleslaw and dill pickle slices if desired. Enjoy!

Makes 4 sandwiches

One Comment Add yours

  1. Nourish says:

    This looks really good! Will have to give a try!

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