Crispy Baked Tofu Nuggets

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Torn tofu pieces, a simple 6-ingredient marinade, and a cornstarch coating makes these baked tofu nuggets extra crispy and tasty!


  • 1 pound extra-firm or super firm tofu*
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (or another high-heat oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • a few cranks of freshly-ground pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Remove your tofu from the packaging and pat dry with a clean towel. Wrap with the towel and allow to drain while you’re prepping the rest of the ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, add your oil, granulated garlic, smoked paprika, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  4. Take your block of tofu and tear off irregular but bite-sized pieces and add it to the marinade. Once all of your pieces have been formed, carefully toss them in the marinade with your hands, taking care to not break up the pieces too much.
  5. Sprinkle your cornstarch on top of the nuggets and toss again with your hands.
  6. Place each nugget on your prepared baking sheet so that it’s not touching the other tofu pieces. If you have a few small bits of broken tofu at the bottom of your bowl, add a bit more cornstarch and squeeze the bits together to form nugget-sized pieces. These guys get EXTRA crispy when baked!
  7. Bake your nuggets for 20 minutes. Carefully flip each nugget and then bake again for another 20 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle a bit of salt over your nuggets once you remove them from the oven. Toss in your favorite sauce or eat with your favorite dipping sauce!


*I love the High Protein Super Firm pack from Trader Joe’s!

Keywords: baked tofu nuggets, torn tofu, cornstarch tofu

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