This fried silken tofu is easy to make in only 15 minutes. It has a perfectly golden crispy panko exterior and smooth on the inside. Perfect as a side dish to serve with rice and dipping sauce!
This recipe is inspired by a Silken Tofu dish served as a restaurant. I have always loved the creamy, silky texture of silken tofu in soups & stews but was amazed at how delicious the fried silken tofu is. This dish has a balance in texture: crispy on the outside, creamy and smooth on the inside.
It pairs well with this a bowl of white or brown rice.
This is an easy and simple to make dish using only 4 main ingredients:
- Silken Tofu
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Oil for frying
See recipe card for quantities.
Cut the silken tofu into equal-sized slices, patting dry slightly with a kitchen towel.
Cut the silken tofu into thin slices
Prepare two bowls: one with flour, corn starch and salt and one with panko breadcrumbs
Dip the tofu in the flour bowl first, then dip into the panko breadcrumbs, making sure that all sides are covered.
Shallow or deep fry the silken tofu pieces until golden brown and crispy
Remove and serve on a plate
Hint: the silken tofu is delicate to handle, you can avoid them from breaking by patting dry with a paper towel before handling. The corn starch mixture also helps firm up the exterior of the tofu.
If you are allergic to soy, my Chickpea Tofu recipe is the perfect solution to replace the traditional soy tofu in this recipe.
To make the recipe gluten-free, you can use rice flour instead of flour and use gluten-free soy sauce or tamari for dipping!
If you'd like to adjust this recipe to your likings, below are a few suggestions:
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes to the mixture of flour, or other spices to make the tofu more flavorful
- Deluxe - add crispy onions for even more crunch!
The recipe tastes best immediately after frying, when it's still crunchy. You can store leftover in the fridge for up to 3 days, reheat by frying or air frying for the best texture.Print
Definitely, you can use firm tofu and it is easier to handle but the texture will be slightly different.
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