Tofu SchnitzelLaura Sharrad and Liz from Vegan Diaries
- Soy sauce
- Chickpeas (aquafaba only)
- Panko crumbs
- Nutritional yeast
- Smoked paprika
- Vegetable stock powder
- Sunflower oil (or any oil suitable for frying)
- Mayonnaise or aioli
Step 1: Press the tofu
- Take the extra firm tofu and place it on a clean, non-fluffy tea towel or paper towel.
- Weight it down with a chopping board and heavy objects such as a cast iron dish or cookbooks.
- Let it sit for 10-20 minutes to press out excess moisture.
Step 2: Marinade the tofu
- Cut the pressed tofu into 4 large pieces.
- Place them in a tray and cover with soy sauce.
- Let it marinate for a few minutes, flipping the tofu occasionally to ensure even absorption.
Step 3: Prepare the crumb coating
- In a bowl, mix together panko crumbs, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, and vegetable stock powder.
- Transfer the mixture to a dinner plate.
Step 4: Coat the tofu cutlet in crumb coating
- Drain the chickpeas and reserve the aquafaba.
- Place the cornstarch on a separate dinner plate.
- Have a third dinner plate ready for the crumb mixture.
- Dip each marinated tofu piece in cornstarch on both sides, then in aquafaba to form a sticky layer.
- Coat the tofu in the crumb mixture, pressing down to ensure it sticks well.
- Shake off any excess crumb, then transfer the tofu to a separate plate.
Step 5: Fry the vegan schnitzel
- In a large shallow frying pan, heat up a generous amount of sunflower oil over medium-high heat.
- Check if the oil is hot enough by adding a breadcrumb – if it sizzles immediately, it’s ready!
- Fry the tofu schnitzels until golden brown on both sides, approximately 2 minutes per side.
- Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to remove excess oil, then let it cool slightly before serving.
- Serve with a side of mashed potatoes, gravy and steamed vegetables for a classic meal.
- Top with passata or marinara sauce and vegan cheese, then broil/grill to make Parmigiana.
- Pile it high on a vegan burger bun with lettuce, tomato, and pickles for a tasty sandwich.
- Serve on top of a bed of rice and with a side of stir-fried veggies for a filling meal.
- Slice and serve on top of a salad for a crunchy and protein-packed option.
- Enjoy as is as a satisfying snack or appetizer with your favourite dipping sauce.
- Whip up a Japanese curry sauce and make Katsu curry.