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Kid-Friendly Tofu Nuggets

Kid-Friendly Tofu Nuggets | Move over, chicken nuggets! This Meatless Monday meal idea is a classic kids’ favorite in the making. The dippable vegetarian snack recipe is so easy — simply coat strips of firm tofu with crunchy Kikkoman® Panko Bread Crumbs and bake to perfection in the oven for a healthier cooking method. Serve with your favorite Kikkoman® dips! These tofu fingers make a great afternoon snack or pair them with baby carrots and celery sticks for a full dinner for the little ones.


Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

cooking spray
1 pound extra firm tofu
⅔ cup plant-based unsweetened milk
1 tablespoon Kikkoman® Less Sodium Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch
¾ cup Kikkoman® Panko Bread Crumbs
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray parchment paper with cooking spray. Slice tofu into 1-inch thick slices and place between a few paper towels. Gently press to release excess moisture. Tear tofu into pieces.
  2. In a shallow bowl, whisk together plant milk, less sodium soy sauce, and cornstarch. In a separate bowl, combine panko, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  3. Dip each piece of tofu in wet mixture and then into the dry mixture. Place on baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes, using tongs to turn nuggets after 15 minutes. Cool at room temperature for 5 minutes on baking sheet. Serve hot with ketchup, barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or your favorite Kikkoman dipping sauces.


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