Tofu is one of the most common proteins easily found and eaten by vegetarians and vegans. But how creative can you get with a block of tofu besides a tofu stir fry, tofu burger or just eating it cold with some soy or ponzu sauce.
As I mentioned in my welcome post, I was a lover of fried chicken and this simple dish helps to satisfy my craving for a piece of fried chicken. It is easy to make and packed full of protein. So, let’s get started.
1 block of extra firm tofu
2 tablespoon of olive oil
2 tablespoon soy sauce or liquid amigos
1 teaspoon SPIKE seasoning
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Drain your tofu, make sure to remove the majority of the water from the tofu before frying. If it is too wet, you may not get the proper texture of the tofu and the flavor will be watered down. I usually let the tofu sit in paper towels for 5 minute intervals, changing the paper towels out 3-4 times before cutting it into bit sized cubes.
Once you have drained the tofu, heat up your oil and pan fry the tofu for 5-10 minutes or until slightly golden brown. This will firm up the pieces to the point that if could resemble chunks of chicken. Add in your soy sauce/liquid aminos and SPIKE seasoning. Stir that around for 2-3 minutes to evenly season the cubes and turn off the heat. Gradually add in the nutritional yeast, stirring constantly to evenly distribute all of the yeast amongst the piece of tofu. Add pepper as needed and serve warm.
I’ve found that eating this dish as a left over is not a good idea. The flavor is okay, but the texture becomes rubber-like and not as enjoyable as eating it fresh. So, I do not suggest making more than you can eat in a single meal. One block of tofu is enough to feed two people, along with a side dish or salad of some sort.
NOTE: There are other recipes online for mock chicken tofu, so give them a try and see what works for your taste buds. I use a little less nutritional yeast because I find anything more than a 1/4 cup makes the pieces too dry and the yeast flavor a bit stronger than I like in my food.