I guess this would be my grilled chicken breast alternative. I marinate 2 or 3 pounds of tofu and then cook it up in small batches throughout the week. Crispy tofu yums are all about packing tofu with flavor and then coaxing it to a crispy finish for maximum enjoyment. Enjoy on salads, on sandwiches, with veggies, or just eat 'em!


Recipe Summary

20 mins
12 mins
30 mins
1 hr 2 mins
2 pounds


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place 2 layers of paper towels on a flat work surface; arrange tofu slices on top. Cover tofu slices with a baking sheet. Place cans, jars, or book on top of the baking sheet. Press tofu for 15 minutes. Remove weights and discard accumulated liquid.

  • Mix lemon juice, tamari, and garlic together in a bowl.

  • Place tofu slices on the baking sheet; pour lemon juice mixture on top. Let tofu marinate for 15 minutes.

  • Preheat a large skillet over medium heat; pour in olive oil. Add tofu slices in a single layer. Cover and cook until golden brown on the bottom, 5 to 7 minutes. Flip tofu and continue to cook, covered, until golden brown on the second side, about 5 minutes more. Remove lid and cook uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining tofu.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute soy sauce for tamari if preferred.

Marinated tofu can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts

141 calories; protein 12.1g 24% DV; carbohydrates 4g 1% DV; fat 9.9g 15% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 507.9mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
Delicious. Put me in Tofu Heaven.Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
This is an easy and tasty method to make tofu. It was delicious served with some sautéed greens but I imagine it would be good in a Buddha bowl. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious. Put me in Tofu Heaven.Will definitely make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I prepared the recipe in half because I only had one pack of tofu to work with. (I used the full amount of garlic... I love garlic.) I cooked in toasted sesame oil rather than olive oil. It was superb. This will be a go to recipe for me. Read More