Tofu Piccata


I am experimenting with non-meat dishes. I love chicken piccata and decided to try it with tofu. It is great the first day, but 3 days later, it's heavenly.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 (12 ounce) package extra-firm tofu, drained

  • 10 marinated artichoke hearts, marinade reserved

  • 2 tablespoons capers, or more to taste, brine reserved

  • ½ cup bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, or more to taste

  • ½ cup water


  1. Place tofu in a resealable plastic bag; freeze until completely solid, at least 24 hours. Defrost tofu in the refrigerator or a bowl of cold water.

  2. Slice tofu into 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick pieces. Gently squeeze each slice to release water.

  3. Whisk 2 to 4 tablespoons artichoke heart marinade and about 1 teaspoon caper brine together in a bowl; pour enough over each tofu piece so that it absorbs the marinade.

  4. Place bread crumbs in a bowl. Press each tofu piece into the bread crumbs until evenly coated.

  5. Heat olive oil in a skillet; cook tofu until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer tofu to a plate, reserving oil mixture in the skillet.

  6. Cut artichoke hearts into small pieces. Add artichoke hearts, capers, lemon juice to oil mixture in skillet; pour in water. Bring liquid to a boil, add tofu, and simmer until sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Be sure to freeze the tofu. The tofu texture changes into a more meat-like texture after freezing.

You may also boil the tofu in water on the stove. This will also change the texture of the tofu into a more meaty texture. This also makes the process quicker if you do not defrost the tofu ahead of time. If you boil the tofu, cool it in cold water before slicing it. Proceed with the remainder of the recipe. Marinating the tofu is an essential step, and it helps disguise the tofu flavor.

Canned artichoke hearts can be used in place of marinated. Cracker crumbs can be used in place of bread crumbs. Chicken broth or wine can be used in place of the water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

169 Calories
8g Fat
16g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 169
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 446mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 322mg 25%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 140mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.