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Easy Baked Vegan Tofu Nuggets (oil-free)

These healthy vegan tofu nuggets are not only oil-free and super crispy, they also have the perfect texture.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Diet Vegan
Keyword nuggets, tofu
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 block firm tofu 200 g

wet mixture

  • 100 ml soy milk
  • juice of ½ lemon

dry mixture

  • 50 g breadcrumbs like panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 230C/450F.
  • Combine the ingredients for the wet mixture, stir and let sit for a couple of minutes.
  • Cut or break the tofu nuggets into little cubes roughly the same size. Add them to the wet mixture and let them soak for a couple of minutes.
  • In the meantime, add the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Remove one tofu cube from the wet mixture and transfer to the dry mixture. Coat evenly, then transfer to the baking tray. Repeat with the remaining tofu.
  • Bake the tofu nuggets for 20 minutes, flipping them halfway through.


Soy milk works best to make vegan buttermilk because it has a high amount of protein.
Feel free to experiment with the ingredients for the dry mixture. You can use: breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, almond meal, ground hazelnuts/walnuts, quinoa, hemp seed hearts...