If you've been looking for a way to get more texture and crispiness out of your tofu, this is the recipe for you. A crunchy almond coating makes these snack-worthy (but also main dish worthy) triangles stand up to baking or pan searing and emerge with a perfect crispy, slightly savory, slightly salty exterior. —Gena Hamshaw
For the triangles:
14- or 15-ounce block extra-firm tofu, pressed if possible to remove some moisture
vegetable oil (if pan-frying)
commercial almond meal (like Bob's Red Mill) or homemade almond meal (simply grind a heaping cup of almonds to a fine meal in the food processor)
sweet or smoked paprika
freshly ground black pepper
For the marinade:
soy sauce or tamari
freshly squeezed lemon juice
cornstarch or tapioca starch
In This Recipe
If you'd like to bake the tofu, preheat your oven to 350° F.
To prepare the tofu, cut the block into four large cubes, and then cut each in half diagonally to create 8 triangles. Whisk the marinade ingredients together in a large bowl and add the tofu pieces. Cover and marinate for at least 2 hours and up to 8.
Mix together the almond coating ingredients (from almond meal to garlic powder) in a mixing bowl. Coat each piece of tofu in the coating mixture. Transfer the tofu pieces to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pieces are golden brown, flipping once halfway through baking.
Alternately, you can heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large, cast-iron skillet. Add the tofu triangles and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
Gena is a registered dietitian, recipe developer, and food blogger. She's the author of three cookbooks, including Power Plates (2017) and Food52 Vegan (2015). She enjoys cooking vegetables, making bread, and challenging herself with vegan baking projects.