Baked Tofu Nuggets


A vegetarian twist on chicken nuggets. Freezing and thawing the tofu gives it a chewier, meatier texture. You can freeze tofu ahead of time and store in freezer for up to a month.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 35 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (14 ounce) package extra-firm tofu, drained, or to taste

  • 1 cup ranch dressing

  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce (Optional)

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs


  1. Slice tofu block in half lengthwise. Cut each half into 1/3-inch slices to make bite-sized 'nuggets.' Place tofu in resealable plastic bags and freeze until firm and dry, at least 24 hours.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Place tofu slices on a microwave-safe plate. Heat in the microwave until defrosted, 2 to 5 minutes. Squeeze out water from the tofu and place slices over 3 layers of paper towels to drain. Pat dry with additional paper towels.

  4. Mix ranch dressing, hot sauce, sugar, and black pepper together in a bowl. Pour bread crumbs into a separate bowl. Coat tofu slices with the ranch mixture and roll in bread crumbs until thoroughly coated.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until tofu nuggets are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Instead of microwaving, thaw tofu in the refrigerator if you have time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

266 Calories
17g Fat
23g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 266
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 764mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 25mg 1%

* 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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