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Crispy Coconut Crusted Tofu

Crispy coconut-crusted tofu is the perfect, simple weeknight meal. Made with easy to find ingredients such as coconut shreds, all-purpose flour, liquid aminos or soy sauce, and ground ginger, this will be your new favorite tofu dish. The tofu is marinated in a savory sauce, then coated with a sweet coconut crust before it is pan-fried to crisp and chewy perfection.
Crispy Coconut Crusted Tofu Recipe | SideChef
Crispy coconut-crusted tofu is the perfect, simple weeknight meal. Made with easy to find ingredients such as coconut shreds, all-purpose flour, liquid aminos or soy sauce, and ground ginger, this will be your new favorite tofu dish. The tofu is marinated in a savory sauce, then coated with a sweet coconut crust before it is pan-fried to crisp and chewy perfection.
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Hi Everyone! I am so happy you are here! My name is Chelsea and I am a recipe developer, food photographer and content creator. My goal is to provide you with simple, straight forward vegan recipes that have normal ingredients you can read.
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Chelsea Peachtree
Hi Everyone! I am so happy you are here! My name is Chelsea and I am a recipe developer, food photographer and content creator. My goal is to provide you with simple, straight forward vegan recipes that have normal ingredients you can read.
https://chelseapeachtree.com
50min
Total Time
25min
Active Time
$1.68
Cost Per Serving

Ingredients

US / METRIC
Servings:
4
Serves 4

Marinade

1/2 cup
Liquid Aminos
or Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
3 Tbsp
Brown Sugar
or Coconut Sugar
1/2 cup
Water
1 tsp
(optional)

Batter Ingredients

1 cup
Unsweetened Soy Milk
or Plain Plant Based Milk of Choice
1 Tbsp
Ground Flaxseed
1 tsp
Garlic Powder
1 pinch

Coconut Crust

1/2 cup
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1/2 cup
Panko Breadcrumbs
1/4 cup

Frying

1/4 cup
Avocado Oil
plus more as needed
or Canola Oil
1 block
(14 oz)
Extra Firm Tofu
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
491
FAT
29.2 g
PROTEIN
18.8 g
CARBS
43.5 g

Author's Notes

If you are using silken tofu, be careful when squeezing or shaking, as it is soft and can crumble. If any of your pieces fall apart while battering or coating them, still use them. They will be smaller but will crisp well.

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
For best results, freeze your tofu then remove it from the freezer and allow it to thaw for 48 hours. If this is not an option, press and dry your tofu.
Step 2
Cut your Extra Firm Tofu (1 block) into 1/4 inch cubes.
Step 3
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the Liquid Aminos (1/2 cup) , Brown Sugar (3 Tbsp) , Ground Ginger (1/4 tsp) , Apple Cider Vinegar (1 tsp) , Water (1/2 cup) , and Sesame Seeds (1 tsp) together.
Step 4
Gently fold your tofu cubes into the bowl until they are well coated. Cover your bowl and allow to sit for 25 minutes.
Step 5
When the tofu is just about done marinating, begin making your batter. In a clean, large bowl or Tupperware container, add in Unsweetened Soy Milk (1 cup) , Ground Flaxseed (1 Tbsp) , All-Purpose Flour (2/3 cup) , Garlic Powder (1 tsp) , Salt (1 pinch) , and Ground Black Pepper (1 pinch) and whisk until combined.
Step 6
If you are using a bowl, gently fold in the marinated tofu cubes until they are well coated with the batter. If you are using a Tupperware container, place the lid on securely then gently shake until your tofu is coated.
Step 7
While the tofu is marinating, make your coconut crust. Combine the Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (1/2 cup) , Panko Breadcrumbs (1/2 cup) , and Corn Starch (1/4 cup) in a large bowl or Tupperware container with a lid.
Step 8
Remove the battered tofu from the batter and shake it gently to remove any excess batter.
Step 9
Place approx. 1/3 of the battered tofu into the bowl or Tupperware container with the coconut crust and gently shake until all sides are coated.
Step 10
Remove the tofu from the container or bowl and place it on a separate sheet or paper towel. Repeat until all tofu pieces are coated.
Step 11
Add Avocado Oil (1/4 cup) to a frying pan or cast iron skillet over medium or high heat.
Step 12
Once the oil is heated, place 1/5 of the crusted coconut into the skillet or pan and fry each side until it is golden brown. This will likely take 3 minutes on each side.
Step 13
Once it is done frying, place it on a paper towel or a baking sheet with a paper towel below it. This will allow any excess oil to be removed. Repeat with all tofu pieces until all are fried.
Step 14
Serve alone, with sauce, rice, or salsa, or inside a taco.
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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
491
% Daily Value*
Fat
29.2 g
37%
Saturated Fat
8.7 g
43%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
--
Cholesterol
0.0 mg
0%
Carbohydrates
43.5 g
16%
Fiber
5.6 g
20%
Sugars
11.9 g
--
Protein
18.8 g
38%
Sodium
1948.5 mg
85%
Vitamin D
--
--
Calcium
222.7 mg
17%
Iron
3.2 mg
18%
Potassium
229.8 mg
5%
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