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Almond Crusted Baked Tofu Nuggets

It’s been a week of revelations. My first revelation came as I watched Harry Potter with Dutch subtitles, and was horrified to see that in the Dutch version, “Professor Dumbledore” is “Professor Perkamentus” (among many other sinful name changes). A better revelation came with the discovery of magical berries that transforms sour tastes into sweets. And the best revelation of them all came when I discovered that you can use ground almonds as a breading for crunchy, filling, packed-with-protein baked tofu nuggets. So today, let’s talk about that third revelation.

Almond Crusted Baked Tofu Nuggets

I couldn’t think of a better name than Almond Crusted Tofu Nuggets. And I think the name might sound a little boring and bland, but I promise these are anything but! There are 3 pretty major things that make this meal so great.

#1: The almond crust. We’ll crush some almonds and combine them with salt, pepper, paprika, and nutritional yeast. Never heard of nutritional yeast? Well hop on board, friend, because this stuff is bangin’. It adds a cheesy/savory component while being totally vegan (and packed with vitamin B12, the little vitamin that vegetarians and vegans might not get enough of).

Almond Crusted Baked Tofu Nuggets
Almond Crusted Baked Tofu Nuggets

#2: The marinade. In a good recipe, every component should be tasty on it’s own, which is why we’ll briefly marinate our tofu for maximum tastiness. We’ll use soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic!

Almond Crusted Baked Tofu Nuggets

#3: The dip. What’s a good nugget without some dip? I suppose you could go the plain Jane ketchup route, but why ketchup when you could avocado? Our dipping sauce involves avocado, Greek yogurt, fresh herbs, and lime.

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Make crispy tofu in your air fryer!

Almond Crusted Baked Tofu Nuggets
Almond Crusted Baked Tofu Nuggets

Almond Crusted Baked Tofu Nuggets

These Almond Crusted Baked Tofu Nuggets have a healthy almond breading, a umami-packed inside, and a creamy avocado dip. What’s not to love?
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Course: Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Snacks
Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion: Birthdays, Game Day, Halloween
Time: 45 minutes or less
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 456kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
4.56 from 9 votes

INGREDIENTS

Tofu
  • 1 16-oz block tofu 453 g
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil 15 mL
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 15 mL, or just 2 Tbsp olive oil if you don’t have sesame
  • 2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce 30 mL
  • 1 clove garlic minced
Breading
  • ¼ cup flour 31 g, or all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 egg or 1 Tbsp ground flax seed + 3 Tbsp water for vegan, whisked
  • 1 cup whole almonds 170 g
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
Dipping Sauce
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt 142 g, or dairy-free alternative
  • ½ cup fresh chopped parsley handful
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Pinch each of salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Drain tofu and slice into 1’’ x 1’’ x ½’’ blocks. Lay on a few layers of paper towel and gently press with more paper towels to remove excess moisture. Place tofu blocks in a deep dish (like a storage container).
  • Combine sesame oil, olive oil, soy sauce, and minced garlic. Pour over tofu, cover, and let marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better). Every once in a while, flip the container so all the tofu gets exposed to the tasty marinade.
  • In a food processor or by hand, chop almonds until coarsely ground. Mix with nutritional yeast, salt, paprika, and black pepper.
  • Prepare your breading station, placing the flour in one bowl, the whisked egg in another, and your almond mixture in the last, with a parchment paper-lined baking sheet at the end. Shake off excess marinade from the tofu blocks then, 1 or 2 at a time, coat each lightly in flour, then egg, then almond mix, and set on the baking sheet.
  • Bake tofu nuggets at 400 degrees F (204 C) for 8 to 10 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown and toasted.
  • While the nuggets cook, throw all the Dipping Sauce ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve nuggets warm with dipping sauce!

NOTES

  • Store leftovers covered in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
  • Almond crust inspired by Gimme Some Oven’s Almond-Crusted Chicken Nuggets.

NUTRITION

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.8g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 34.1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 844mg | Fiber: 8.4g
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  1. sophie says:

    What kind of tofu and brand do you use? I would love to make this reciepe!

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Sophie! I just used a firm block of tofu. I live in Holland so my brand is probably different form yours, but any firm (not silken) tofu will do the trick! 🙂 I’d love to hear how it turns out! These are one of my favorite meals!

  2. Bess says:

    I made these for dinner tonight, and they were a real success! I eat a lot of tofu, and it gets hard after a while to find new and interesting ways to cook it. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Sarah says:

      You’re very welcome, Bess! These are one of my favorite recipes because they just totally revamp tofu. So happy they were a success for you! 😀

  3. Emily says:

    Instead of grinding almonds in the food processor, can I just use almond flour instead? I already have almond flour on hand. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    1. Sarah says:

      Hey Emily! You certainly can, though they’ll be less crispy without the coarse almonds 🙂

  4. Sarah Jane says:

    I loved swapping out the soy for coconut aminos!

    1. Sarah says:

      I haven’t tried that before but heard it’s a great substitute! Guess I better order myself a bottle online 😀

  5. Kim says:

    These are so good, a new favorite in my house!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear, Kim! They’re a little bit of work but SO worth it 😀

  6. Grace says:

    How many nuggets are per serving?? Great recipe!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Grace, about 9 or 10! 🙂

  7. Reinaldo says:

    I was sick of tofu stir fry so i made these for dinner tonight. THEY WERE A HIT!! Thanks for sharing!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Yay, so happy to hear Reinaldo!! These are one of my favorites! And aren’t they SO filling? 😀

  8. nuggest234 says:

    do you cook the nuggets for 10 minutes flip then another 10 minutes? mine didnt seem to be cooked after only 10 minutes

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi there! Yep, you should just need to cook for 10 minutes total, but everyone’s oven is a bit different. There’s no harm in cooking them longer until they reach the golden brown crispiness that you want 🙂

  9. Nancy says:

    I got 12 out of them and they were probably too large for me so next time I would cut them into 16 cubes. I cut the big block in half (2 fillets) then down the middle lengthwise and 2 more cuts width wise so that each “fillet” half gave me 6 cubes.
    I did like them and they were sooo filling, my son could only eat 2 large ones and I was full with 3 but maganed to stuff 2 more .5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      I like to make them about “chicken nugget size” (though smaller is also nice because it means you get more of the almond crust!) And they are sooo filling, aren’t they? But I also always manage to squeeze in a few more 😀

  10. Rita says:

    I made these last night for a girls night and they were a big hit. Thanks so much for a great recipe. I did 16 pieces. Changes I would make for next time – I only needed half the almond mixture and 1.5 times the egg (I used a flax egg) and half the dipping sauce.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks for the suggestions, Rita!! And so happy you liked them 😀

  11. JoAnn M Lakes says:

    I’m wondering about air frying. Any thought’s?

    1. Sarah says:

      Ah why have I not thought to try this yet?! I think it would definitely work! 😀

  12. Milina says:

    Hi Sarah, through the photos I find them delicious nuggets, but is it recommended for sports? when?5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Milina! Happy to hear you like the looks of them! These are rather high in protein, so they would be a good post-workout meal 😀

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