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Plate of baked tofu nuggets with a small bowl of ketchup in the background.

Baked Tofu Nuggets

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 16 nuggets
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These baked vegan crispy tofu nuggets are easy to make with simple ingredients and so delicious served with your favourite dipping sauce. The whole family will love these!


  • 1 350 g package firm or extra-firm tofu, pressed
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari (45 mL)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola  (15 mL)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (8 g)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp chickpea flour (5 g)
  • 4 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs (30 g) + more for coating


  1. Start by pressing the block of tofu to remove excess liquid. Use a tofu press or wrap the block in a dish towel or paper towels and place a heavy object on it for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C) degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Add everything except for the chickpea flour and breadcrumbs to a food processor. Pulse a few times until fully combined. Do not over blend so it’s completely smooth, it should be well-mixed but still have some texture to it.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the breadcrumbs and the chickpea flour and mix well with a spoon until you have a mouldable consistency. If the mixture is too soft or falls apart, add some more bread crumbs as needed.
  5. Form nuggets with your hands and coat with the breadcrumbs on both sides.
  6. Place the nuggets in a single layer on the baking sheet. 
  7. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden and crispy. For more crispiness, spray the nuggets with a little oil.
  8. Serve immediately with your favorite dip.


Dip Ideas: Ketchup, honey mustard, hot sauce, spicy vegan mayo, BBQ sauce, tzatziki, tahini ranch, tofu ranch.


  • Serving Size: 1 nugget
  • Calories: 31
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 38 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.7 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 2.5 g

Keywords: tofu nuggets, baked tofu nuggets