Memorial Day

Fried Tofu Sandwich, Cornmeal Breading

October  4, 2022
2 Ratings
  • Makes enough breading for many sandwiches; directions for one sandwich
Author Notes

Foodstuffs Deli, 1981 -- we created our best selling sandwich, the Fried Tofu Sandwich. I had been playing around with a simple breading for the tofu, then added the iconic sandwich ingredients of the day. It was a hit! Now when my adult kids and their kids come to visit, this is what they ask me to make.

The breading mix is gluten free, and the sandwich also is, made with GF bread.
The breading is a good one for vegans, because it does not use milk or eggs. —susan g

What You'll Need
  • Cornmeal Breading Mix for tofu (and more):
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal, whole grain organic
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast flakes (Red Star)
  • 4 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika or chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, coarsely ground
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • Fried Tofu Sandwich:
  • 2 slices of good whole grain sandwich bread
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon natural ketchup
  • 1/2 ripe tomato, sliced
  • lettuce leaves
  • alfalfa sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil, like canola (OG) or grapeseed
  • 1/4 cup creamy cole slaw (optional)
  • 2 - 3 slices firm OG tofu
  1. Cornmeal Breading Mix for tofu (and more):
  2. Mix all the ingredients together -- a wire whisk helps mix them evenly. I like to store it in a pint container, in the freezer.
  1. Fried Tofu Sandwich:
  2. Prepare the fried tofu: Turn the slices of tofu in the breading mix you prepared from the ingredients above. Heat a heavy skillet to medium hot, add enough oil to cover the surface of the pan, and brown the tofu slices on both sides.
  3. Prepare Russian Dressing: mix the mayonnaise and ketchup until smooth. Jazz it up if you wish.
  4. Toast the bread. Spread one slice with Russian Dressing, then layer lettuce, sprouts, tomato slices and tofu slices on it -- amounts to taste and to fit your bread. Add cole slaw for an especially messy and delicious sandwich. Top with the the second piece of bread, cut in half at an oblique angle, and take a bite.
  5. This is my favorite way to make it, but components can be changed to include (or exclude) whatever you do (or don't) like. Once you've made one, just keep them coming. Be sure to include the Fried Tofu!

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4 Reviews

Sherry E. June 24, 2018
I really liked this, need to work on my "breading" technique however it had nice subtle crunch outside, soft inside and served hot; I used a very fresh Bibb leaf with some other field greens, smear avocado, tomato, with the tofu slice the hot and cool together really delicious. side of baked sweet potato wedges, roasted Brussel sprouts
Sherry E. June 20, 2018
may I sub out Greek yogurt for mayo, or? or get some mayo??...wish I were prepared to make right now!!! definitely for weekend!!!
susan G. June 21, 2018
I change the dressing and veggies around all the time. For me, the contrast of crunchy breading and creamy tofu is what makes it.
Sherry E. June 21, 2018
let you know how mine turns out...