Crispy Fried Tofu


Deep-fried tofu that is crisp and golden brown on the outside and amazingly white and soft on the inside! Serve with your favorite Asian dish or dipping sauce. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to several days or freeze for several weeks.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
12 ounces


  • 1 (12 ounce) package extra-firm tofu

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Wrap tofu in a clean towel and place onto a plate. Set another plate on top, and place a 3- to 5-pound weight on top. Press tofu for about 20 minutes; drain and discard the accumulated liquid.

  2. Cut tofu into 1-inch by 2-inch chunks. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt onto one slide; flip over and sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon on the other.

  3. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet. To test if the oil is ready, dip a chopstick or wooden spoon in it; if bubbles rise, it is ready. If the oil smokes, it is too hot.

  4. Gently place 5 to 8 pieces of tofu at a time in hot oil using metal tongs. Be very careful as oil may splatter; use a splatter guard if possible. Fry tofu until golden, 3 to 4 minutes.

  5. Drain tofu on a plate lined with several paper towels. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Do not use silken tofu for this recipe.

If you want the tofu darker and crispier, you can deep fry them a second time.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

161 Calories
15g Fat
2g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 161
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 297mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 294mg 23%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 102mg 2%

* 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.

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