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Southern Fried Tofu

What you need: 

1 cup vegetable broth
1 1/2 tablespoons tamari
3/8 cup white wine

1 pound regular extra firm tofu, frozen, thawed, and pressed
1/4 cup wheat flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2-3/4 cup nutritional yeast (I like flakes)
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons thyme
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
canola oil, as needed for frying

What you do: 

1. Mix together the ingredients for the marinade. Cut tofu into slices desired sized slices. I usually cut a standard size block in to 4 slices. Marinate the tofu in the marinade for at least 1 hour.
2. Toward the end of the marinating period, begin mixing the batter. Combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Take tofu pieces out of marinade, allowing to drip well and dredge them, one by one, in the batter mixture. Be sure to fully cover all sides with the mixture.
3. Allow pieces to sit for 5-10 minutes. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Fry the dredged tofu pieces until golden brown on all sides (about 2-3 minutes on each side).
4. Remove from oil and allow to dry on paper towels. Every few minutes flip the pieces over so all of the excess oil drains off on to the paper towel.
5. After they are all drained off, reheat in a skillet over medium heat to finish browning them and heat through.
I like to make this in the afternoon, then wrap in foil and put in the fridge until dinner. Once you reheat them, they are very crispy and delicious, and the house smells great with all the spices! Enjoy!

Preparation Time: 
15 mins
Cooking Time: 
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this was really good. next time i'll add cayenne. my friend said it tasted like chicken nuggets.


This is so good. It's tastes like fried chicken with a crispy crust.  I didn't have wine for the marinade, so I stirred in about a Tablespoon of sweet white miso.  For the batter I added lots of spices and cayenne pepper for a little extra heat.  The outside is crispy and the inside is moist and delicious! I'll be making this again.  :)>>>


:D This was awsome!!!! I have been seaching for a fried tofu recipes since i had some at the whole food store. The batter was delicious! The more seasoning the better...salt is an nutritional yeast are a must. It was really crispy and crunchy which suprised me. I poured some honey bbq sauce on them an backed them for a little word...heaven!


We had this again. My children have been so excited because this recipe has been on the menu. And I finally made it tonight. Both my children claim that this is their favorite tofu recipe.


This was great. I made tofu nuggets. One of the kids not-vegetarian neighborhood friends ate with us and asked what kind of fish it was. It was cute. He loved it, asked for more, as did my children and my husband and myself. Thanks!  ;)b


Wonderful! This is a great recipe when you are craving comfort food.  Nice and crispy on the outside with tasty tofu on the inside. I omitted the thyme and added turmeric and coriander.  I also pressed some of the marinade out when they were done marinading to avoid soggy tofu. Thanks Taraja!


I changed this around a lot.  I didn't use quite as much nutritional yeast, and a different arrangement of spices/herbs to compliment onions.  My brother LOVED this!


This recipe is pretty darn good. 
When I make it again, I will make about half of the dredging mix since I had lots left over.  I didn't freeze the Tofu beforehand and I will definitely do that next time.  It had a bit of a soft/soggy texture in the middle because i didn't freeze it prior. 
I don't like my food very spicy and it was the perfect level of spiciness (more flavorful than spicy).

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