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Buffalo Tofu – Food with Feeling

Buffalo Tofu served on a large white plate.

Buffalo Tofu – Food with Feeling

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This crispy Buffalo Tofu makes a fun appetizer, snack or dinner option! This recipe is easy to make with chunks of tofu coated in buffalo sauce, breaded and then baked (or fried) to perfection. These tofu nuggets are completely vegan, easily made gluten free, kid-friendly and adult approved!

My love for all things buffalo sauce runs deep! I’ve made everything from buffalo cauliflower to buffalo tempeh “wings”, and now we have crispy, crunchy, delicious buffalo tofu. These vegan nuggets might just be my favorite way to enjoy tofu! We love them served with crisp celery sticks and my vegan ranch or a blue cheese dressing for dipping! 

The first time I tested this recipe I was pleasantly surprised by just how perfect these turned out. Whether baked or fried, these bites cook up tender on the inside, crispy on the outside and have the most wonderful flavor. Buffalo tofu is a great vegan appetizer to serve for holiday gatherings, potlucks and game day! 

Ingredients

This recipe is made with simple ingredients, most of which you probably have in your kitchen right now. Here’s what you need:

  • Tofu. Tofu is a great meat alternative and when pulled apart in chunks, it’s very much like chicken. For best results use firm or extra firm tofu for this recipe.
  • Buffalo sauce. My favorite brand of hot sauce is Frank’s Red Hot, but any kind works. Want to go the homemade route? Try my simple recipe that can be found HERE!
  • Cornstarch. Helps to achieve the crusty, crisp outside layer of the nuggets.
  • Panko breadcrumbs. The breading is made with Panko breadcrumbs to make these babies nice and crispy. Feel free to use gluten-free breadcrumbs, if desired.
  • Neutral oil. If your cooking method is frying, you’ll need some type of neutral oil. Canola oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, or avocado oil all work great!
Crisp pieces of tofu on a white plate.

How to make this recipe

Follow the instructions below and you’ll have a delicious, zesty plant based protein to enjoy as an appetizer, snack, or main course.  

Please see the recipe card for the full, printable recipe with all of the details.

  1. Prep tofu. Break the tofu into nugget-sized chunks and place in a shallow container. Cover with the buffalo sauce. Toss to full cover in the sauce and place in the refrigerator to marinate for an hour (or even overnight).
  2. Coat in breading. Place the Panko in a shallow bowl and the cornstarch in a separate shallow bowl. One piece at a time, remove the chunks of tofu from the buffalo sauce and cover in cornstarch. Dip it back in the buffalo sauce to coat and then toss to cover in the Panko breadcrumbs.
  3. To bake. Preheat the oven and place the tofu pieces on the prepared baking sheet and spritz the top with cooking oil spray. Bake for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway. They’re done when they’re golden brown on each side
  4. To fry. Heat 1 inch of neutral oil in a large heavy skillet and place the tofu pieces carefully into the HOT oil and fry on each side until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from oil and place on paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  5. Serve and enjoy! Feel free to lightly brush a little bit of extra buffalo sauce onto the buffalo tofu bites and then serve with your favorite dipping sauce!
Crispy tofu nugget made with buffalo sauce.

Tips for the best results

Follow the suggestions below for perfect tofu nuggets every time!

  • The key to extra crispy tofu is using either firm or extra-firm tofu for this recipe. These options of tofu have most of the water pressed out, so they are less delicate and will be chewier when cooked.
  • Make sure that your tofu pieces are all about the same size, so that they’ll cook at the same rate.
  • If you’re sensitive to spice, be sure to grab a buffalo sauce that is labeled “mild”.
tofu chunks in a bowl marinating in buffalo sauce

Serving options

Not only is this buffalo tofu great served as a meal option with a few sides, it’s super versatile and can be enjoyed a variety of ways. The possibilities are endless! Here’s some ideas:

  • Serve it as an appetizer for game day and parties.
  • Use it as a topping over a salad.
  • Roll a few nuggets in a wrap with veggies and ranch sauce.  
  • These nuggets also make a tasty sandwich filling. Toast some of your favorite bread, add lettuce, tomato, buffalo tofu, then drizzle on some vegan ranch dressing for one epic lunch!

Storing leftovers

These nuggets are best served fresh, and honestly, you probably won’t have any leftovers anyway. They’re that good! But, if you do, simply place them in an airtight container and store in your fridge for up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven or in an air fryer.

Tofu nugget cut in half.

As usual, PLEASE let me know if you make this recipe and let me know how you like it! You can come back here and leave a comment or tag me on instagram (@foodwithfeeling).

More tasty tofu recipes:

Looking for more ways to enjoy tofu? Try some other favs!

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This crispy Buffalo Tofu makes a fun appetizer, snack or dinner option! This recipe is easy to make with chunks of tofu coated in buffalo sauce, breaded and then baked (or fried) to perfection. These tofu nuggets are completely vegan, easily made gluten free, kid-friendly and adult approved!



  1. Break the tofu into nugget-sized chunks and place in a shallow container. Cover with the buffalo sauce. Toss to fully cover in the sauce and place in the refrigerator to marinate for an hour (or even overnight).
  2. Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl and the cornstarch into a separate shallow bowl.
  3. To bake: preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. To fry: heat 1 inch of neutral oil in a large heavy skillet until it’s about 350 degrees F.
  5. One piece at a time, remove the chunks of tofu from the buffalo sauce and lightly cover in cornstarch. Dip it back in the buffalo sauce to coat and then toss to cover in the panko breadcrumbs.
  6. To fry: place the tofu pieces carefully into the HOT oil and fry on each side until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from oil and place on paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  7. To bake: place the tofu pieces on the prepared baking sheet and spritz the top with cooking oil spray. Bake for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway. They’re done when they’re golden brown on each side.
  8. OPTIONAL for serving: lightly brush a little bit of extra buffalo sauce onto the “wings”, serve and ENJOY!

Notes

If you’re sensitive to spice, be sure to grab a buffalo sauce that is labeled “mild”.

These are best served immediately, however, if you do have leftovers, place them in an airtight container and store in your fridge for up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven or in an air fryer.

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main or Appetizer
  • Method: Bake or Fry
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: buffalo, tofu, fried tofu

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Buffalo Tofu

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Buffalo Tofu – Food with Feeling

Buffalo Tofu served on a large white plate.

Buffalo Tofu – Food with Feeling

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

This crispy Buffalo Tofu makes a fun appetizer, snack or dinner option! This recipe is easy to make with chunks of tofu coated in buffalo sauce, breaded and then baked (or fried) to perfection. These tofu nuggets are completely vegan, easily made gluten free, kid-friendly and adult approved!

My love for all things buffalo sauce runs deep! I’ve made everything from buffalo cauliflower to buffalo tempeh “wings”, and now we have crispy, crunchy, delicious buffalo tofu. These vegan nuggets might just be my favorite way to enjoy tofu! We love them served with crisp celery sticks and my vegan ranch or a blue cheese dressing for dipping! 

The first time I tested this recipe I was pleasantly surprised by just how perfect these turned out. Whether baked or fried, these bites cook up tender on the inside, crispy on the outside and have the most wonderful flavor. Buffalo tofu is a great vegan appetizer to serve for holiday gatherings, potlucks and game day! 

Ingredients

This recipe is made with simple ingredients, most of which you probably have in your kitchen right now. Here’s what you need:

  • Tofu. Tofu is a great meat alternative and when pulled apart in chunks, it’s very much like chicken. For best results use firm or extra firm tofu for this recipe.
  • Buffalo sauce. My favorite brand of hot sauce is Frank’s Red Hot, but any kind works. Want to go the homemade route? Try my simple recipe that can be found HERE!
  • Cornstarch. Helps to achieve the crusty, crisp outside layer of the nuggets.
  • Panko breadcrumbs. The breading is made with Panko breadcrumbs to make these babies nice and crispy. Feel free to use gluten-free breadcrumbs, if desired.
  • Neutral oil. If your cooking method is frying, you’ll need some type of neutral oil. Canola oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, or avocado oil all work great!
Crisp pieces of tofu on a white plate.

How to make this recipe

Follow the instructions below and you’ll have a delicious, zesty plant based protein to enjoy as an appetizer, snack, or main course.  

Please see the recipe card for the full, printable recipe with all of the details.

  1. Prep tofu. Break the tofu into nugget-sized chunks and place in a shallow container. Cover with the buffalo sauce. Toss to full cover in the sauce and place in the refrigerator to marinate for an hour (or even overnight).
  2. Coat in breading. Place the Panko in a shallow bowl and the cornstarch in a separate shallow bowl. One piece at a time, remove the chunks of tofu from the buffalo sauce and cover in cornstarch. Dip it back in the buffalo sauce to coat and then toss to cover in the Panko breadcrumbs.
  3. To bake. Preheat the oven and place the tofu pieces on the prepared baking sheet and spritz the top with cooking oil spray. Bake for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway. They’re done when they’re golden brown on each side
  4. To fry. Heat 1 inch of neutral oil in a large heavy skillet and place the tofu pieces carefully into the HOT oil and fry on each side until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from oil and place on paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  5. Serve and enjoy! Feel free to lightly brush a little bit of extra buffalo sauce onto the buffalo tofu bites and then serve with your favorite dipping sauce!
Crispy tofu nugget made with buffalo sauce.

Tips for the best results

Follow the suggestions below for perfect tofu nuggets every time!

  • The key to extra crispy tofu is using either firm or extra-firm tofu for this recipe. These options of tofu have most of the water pressed out, so they are less delicate and will be chewier when cooked.
  • Make sure that your tofu pieces are all about the same size, so that they’ll cook at the same rate.
  • If you’re sensitive to spice, be sure to grab a buffalo sauce that is labeled “mild”.
tofu chunks in a bowl marinating in buffalo sauce

Serving options

Not only is this buffalo tofu great served as a meal option with a few sides, it’s super versatile and can be enjoyed a variety of ways. The possibilities are endless! Here’s some ideas:

  • Serve it as an appetizer for game day and parties.
  • Use it as a topping over a salad.
  • Roll a few nuggets in a wrap with veggies and ranch sauce.  
  • These nuggets also make a tasty sandwich filling. Toast some of your favorite bread, add lettuce, tomato, buffalo tofu, then drizzle on some vegan ranch dressing for one epic lunch!

Storing leftovers

These nuggets are best served fresh, and honestly, you probably won’t have any leftovers anyway. They’re that good! But, if you do, simply place them in an airtight container and store in your fridge for up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven or in an air fryer.

Tofu nugget cut in half.

As usual, PLEASE let me know if you make this recipe and let me know how you like it! You can come back here and leave a comment or tag me on instagram (@foodwithfeeling).

More tasty tofu recipes:

Looking for more ways to enjoy tofu? Try some other favs!

Print

clockclock iconcutlerycutlery iconflagflag iconfolderfolder iconinstagraminstagram iconpinterestpinterest iconfacebookfacebook iconprintprint iconsquaressquares iconheartheart iconheart solidheart solid icon

Description

This crispy Buffalo Tofu makes a fun appetizer, snack or dinner option! This recipe is easy to make with chunks of tofu coated in buffalo sauce, breaded and then baked (or fried) to perfection. These tofu nuggets are completely vegan, easily made gluten free, kid-friendly and adult approved!



  1. Break the tofu into nugget-sized chunks and place in a shallow container. Cover with the buffalo sauce. Toss to fully cover in the sauce and place in the refrigerator to marinate for an hour (or even overnight).
  2. Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl and the cornstarch into a separate shallow bowl.
  3. To bake: preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. To fry: heat 1 inch of neutral oil in a large heavy skillet until it’s about 350 degrees F.
  5. One piece at a time, remove the chunks of tofu from the buffalo sauce and lightly cover in cornstarch. Dip it back in the buffalo sauce to coat and then toss to cover in the panko breadcrumbs.
  6. To fry: place the tofu pieces carefully into the HOT oil and fry on each side until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from oil and place on paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  7. To bake: place the tofu pieces on the prepared baking sheet and spritz the top with cooking oil spray. Bake for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway. They’re done when they’re golden brown on each side.
  8. OPTIONAL for serving: lightly brush a little bit of extra buffalo sauce onto the “wings”, serve and ENJOY!

Notes

If you’re sensitive to spice, be sure to grab a buffalo sauce that is labeled “mild”.

These are best served immediately, however, if you do have leftovers, place them in an airtight container and store in your fridge for up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven or in an air fryer.

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main or Appetizer
  • Method: Bake or Fry
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: buffalo, tofu, fried tofu

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Buffalo Tofu