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Buffalo Tofu Tenders

This vegetarian finger food will blow your socks off. These meatless tenders are spicy, crispy, and perfectly dippable. Serve with more buffalo sauce, or add a milder creamy dip on the side to mellow out the kick. The perfect appetizer for parties, game day fun, or a craft beer tasting night with friends. Or how about packing them up for lunch as a pick-me-up in the middle of a stressful work day?


Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

1 pound extra firm tofu
4 tablespoons butter, melted
⅓ cup hot sauce
1 tablespoon Kikkoman® Rice Vinegar
⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
⅔ cup Kikkoman® Panko Bread Crumbs
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon paprika
⅛ teaspoon granulated onion
¼ cup green onion, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice tofu width wise into 6 rectangles and then slice each rectangle in half to create 12 tofu tenders.
  2. Place sliced tofu on a clean kitchen towel and fold. Place a cast iron pan on top to draw out moisture from tofu. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Stir together melted butter, hot sauce, rice vinegar and garlic powder in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. Divide mixture in half. Set the other bowl of buffalo sauce aside. In a separate bowl, combine panko bread crumbs, flour, paprika and granulated onion. Stir to combine.
  4. Dunk each piece of tofu in buffalo sauce to coat on all sides. Shake off excess sauce and dredge in panko mixture. Place onto baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tofu. Bake 15 minutes. Turn tofu slices and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Gently toss tofu in remaining buffalo sauce in a medium mixing bowl. Serve hot, garnished with green onion. Serve with sliced celery and blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping.


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