Updated: Sep 15, 2022
With their light, crisp exterior and soft, excellently seasoned interior, nuggets are one of the most popular foods. We find them at kids' parties as well as on restaurant menus.
Prep Time: 15 hours Cook Time: 30min Serves: 2 Servings Level: Beginning
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That is why, it is my pleasure to bring this delicious Vegan Tofu Nuggets recipe to you today. As I have said before, I love cooking with tofu. Firstly, because it provides protein to my meal, and secondly because it is incredibly versatile. It can be soft, hard, chewy, or crispy, and can be used in many recipes to act as a delicious, protein-packed meat-replacement or dressing.
What Is Tofu?
Tofu is a great meat-free source of protein, and can be a great addition to your daily meals. Tofu is commonly used in plant-based cuisine, but there is no reason meat eaters shouldn’t be enjoying it too.
Tofu, also known as bean curd, is simply coagulated soy milk that has been pressed to remove the liquid. The result is a dense block of pressed soy bean curd, known as tofu. The longer it's pressed, the firmer the consistency will be. And that is why there are several different types of tofu available, each depending on how you use it: silken, regular, firm, extra-firm and super-firm.
Is Tofu Good For You?
I have heard and read many comments regarding whether tofu is good for you or not. And, I think tofu is perfect for you. It is low in fat and high in protein yet free from dairy, eggs, or any animal protein. It contains all eight essential amino acids and is a good source of iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, selenium, manganese, and phosphorus. These nutrients are particularly important for people following a vegetarian or vegan diet, or pregnant women who may run low on these nutrients.
If you've never cooked with tofu, this nugget recipe is an excellent way to try. Follow the directions carefully, making sure to press the tofu well before cooking. This is because tofu is packed in water and absorbs a lot of it, which means pressing it out helps the tofu absorb seasoning, which makes it taste better and helps the tofu retain its shape.
These Vegan Nuggets are crispy, flavorful and very tasty. Perfect as an appetizer or snack. The recipe is suitable for vegans; it’s dairy-free and can be made gluten-free if you switch out the flour for a gluten-free alternative. Nothing brings more smiles at a family dinner than a plate of hot tofu nuggets next to their favorite dips like ketchup, barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, etc.
450 gr Firm Tofu
1 tbsp White Miso
1 cup Soy Milk
1 cup Polenta
1/2 cup Plain Flour
1 tsp Paprika
½ tsp Garlic Powder
¼ tsp Salt
⅛ tsp pepper
⅛ tsp Cayenne Pepper
Allow the tofu to press for 30 minutes. It’s ideal if you have a tofu press, but if not, place the tofu on a plate, place another plate on top of it and then stack something heavy on top of that, like a heavy pot or stack of books.
When the tofu is pressed, cut it into cubes.
In a bowl, add the milk and white miso and whisk into a batter.
In another bowl mix the polenta, flour and the rest of the spices, until well incorporated.
Add the tofu pieces to the batter and toss the tofu in the batter to coat each piece.
Transfer the tofu to the polenta mixture until they are coated on all sides
Place the tofu onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place into the oven and bake for 30 min at 200 degrees.
Enjoy with your favorite dips!