Crispy Tofu Sandwich

I love a good stuffed sandwich. Today, I made my version of a crispy tofu sandwich. I had some tofu, lettuce, tomato and a little spicy mustard for a punch of flavour.

One of my fave ways to prepare tofu is to coat it in breadcrumbs so that it’s like a cutlet. Once it’s coated, you can either pan fry or bake until crispy. This is an easy preparation and really helps to make tofu not taste like tofu.

For this sandwich, I pan fried my tofu and the coating unfortunately was falling off a bit. It still tasted delicious but was definitely a little messy to cook. I think if I had baked the tofu cutlet, it would have held together much better. Click here to see my post about baked crispy tofu. So you can use whichever method you please πŸ™‚

In that baked tofu post, I dipped the tofu in beaten egg before coating in bread crumbs, but this tofu today is actually vegan. I made a little soy marinade and let the tofu sit in that before dipping in panko. I just wanted to add a little extra flavour.

Aside from the tofu, the rest of the sandwich was so straightforward. Just some fresh lettuce and tomato, on a burger bun with a touch of grainy spicy mustard.

If you are trying to eat more plant based proteins, tofu is a great transition simply because it can take on any flavours you add to it. The preparation I’ve used today gives the tofu a “chicken-ey” feel that any meat lover will enjoy πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

  • 1 block extra firm tofu, sliced into 3/4″ slices (I got 9 from my block)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp oil, for frying
  • burger buns, lettuce, tomato, mustard

Directions:

  1. In shallow dish (ie: pie plate), combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup and sriracha. Place tofu slices in dish and let marinate 5 minutes, flipping once halfway.
  2. In another dish, mix panko, salt and pepper. Take tofu pieces one at a time and press into bread crumbs on both sides.
  3. Cook the tofu:
    • FRYING: Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add breaded tofu and cook 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown and crispy.
    • BAKING: Lay breaded tofu on parchment lined baking sheet and bake in 400Β° oven for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway.
  4. Place cooked tofu on burger bun, along with lettuce, tomato and mustard. Enjoy!

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