Crispy Tofu with Hoisin Sauce

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Crispy Tofu with Hoisin Sauce Recipe! A quick & easy, high-protein meal! Serve with your favorite stir-fried veggies for the perfect dinner. Vegan and gluten-free.

Overhead view of crispy tofu with hoisin sauce on a plate with noodles and stir fried veggies.


This Crispy Hoisin Tofu Recipe is a quick and easy, high-protein meal that my entire family loves! Everyone, from my meat-and-potatoes husband to my sweet baby girl, loves this crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, hoisin sauce-crusted tofu. Serve with your favorite stir-fried veggies and you have yourself the perfect dinner. Plus this recipe is gluten-free and vegan.

I enjoy tofu immensely…if it is extra-firm and extra well-done. Texture is everything to me…which is why this Crispy Hoisin tofu is one of my favorites. This tofu is perfectly crispy on all sides and crusted with the most delicious combination of spices and hoisin sauce.

Crispy Hoisin Tofu: Ingredients & Substitutions

As always I recommend making this recipe exactly as written. But here are a few possible substitutions.

  • Extra Firm Tofu: Personally, I prefer extra firm to every other kid of tofu out there, however you can use whichever firmness your prefer except for silken.
  • Spices: Feel free to spice this up however you see fit. I’m feeding little kids so we keep it simple and mild, but you can let your imagination run wild.
  • Peanut/Sesame Oil: If you do not have peanut oil or have a peanut allergy in your family, you can substitute another mild-flavored oil (olive, avocado, canola, etc.). However please do not leave out the sesame oil. It imparts a richness of flavor that cannot be achieved without any other oil variety out there.
  • Hoisin Sauce: For a gluten-free variety I recommend this gluten-free hoisin sauce.

How to Keep it Crispy

Before you begin cooking the tofu, turn set your oven on to warm. Once the crispy tofu has finished cooking, transfer it to an oven-safe dish and put in the oven while you cook up your veggies. Or use an air frier, like in this air frier tofu.

Overhead view of crispy tofu with hoisin sauce in a frying pan.

How do you make tofu crispy?

  1. Brown the tofu in oil. Begin by cooking the tofu in a mixture of peanut & sesame oil until it’s golden brown on one side.
  2. Add seasonings. Once your tofu is sufficiently browned on one side, add the seasonings and cook some more, stirring to ensure it is evenly browned.
  3. Add hoisin sauce. Once all sides of the crispy tofu have reached golden-brown perfection, add the hoisin sauce and cook until it’s nicely crusted and crunchy on the outside. The sauce caramelizes and leaves you with sweet and salty, richly flavored, crispy bites of tofu that you will love so much you won’t want to share.

Serving Suggestions for Crispy Tofu

This tofu is best when served with stir-fried veggies and noodles or rice. However, I recommend that you serve it separately (i.e. do not add it to the veggies you are stir-frying) to preserve the crispiness.

Side view of crispy tofu with hoisin sauce on a plate with noodles and stir fried veggies.

Recipe FAQs

Why is my tofu not crispy?

Try these tips:

Brown the tofu in oil. Begin by cooking the tofu in a mixture of peanut & sesame oil until it’s golden brown on one side. Then add seasonings. Once your tofu is sufficiently browned on one side, add the seasonings and cook some more, stirring to ensure it is evenly browned. Then add hoisin sauce. Once all sides of the crispy tofu have reached golden-brown perfection, add the hoisin sauce and cook until it’s nicely crusted and crunchy on the outside.

Is tofu a healthy food?

Yes, it is full of protein and amino acids.

What’s hoisin sauce made of?

It depends on which hoisin sauce you use however the key ingredient is fermented soybean paste.

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Crispy Tofu with Hoisin Sauce

Laura
Crispy Tofu with Hoisin Sauce Recipe! A quick & easy, high-protein meal! Serve with your favorite stir-fried veggies for the perfect dinner! Vegan and gluten-free! 
4.82 from 11 votes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine asian
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 106.3
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Place your tofu in a fine-mesh strainer or colander and rinse. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix together garlic powder, powdered ginger, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Cut the tofu into 1” cubes.
  • Add peanut oil and sesame oil to a non-stick frying pan and heat over medium heat.
  • Add cubed tofu pieces to the pan and stir to coat with oil.
  • Cook tofu for 5 minutes or until browned on one side.
  • Sprinkle with your seasoning mix and stir until coated.
  • Continue cooking until all sides are light-medium brown. (about 10-15 minutes)
  • Evenly pour hoisin sauce onto the browned tofu pieces and stir until all your cubes are evenly coated with sauce.
  • Cook for 5 more minutes, or until the tofu becomes dark brown and crispy.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately over stir-fried veggies or your favorite rice/noodles!

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Notes

Expert Tips

Before you begin cooking the tofu, turn set your oven on to warm. Once the crispy tofu has finished cooking, transfer it to an oven-safe dish and put in the oven while you cook up your veggies. Or use an air frier, like in this air frier tofu.

Ingredient Substituions

  • Extra Firm Tofu: Personally, I prefer extra firm to every other kid of tofu out there, however you can use whichever firmness your prefer except for silken!
  • Spices: Feel free to spice this up however you see fit! I’m feeding little kids so we keep it simple and mild, but you can let your imagination run wild!
  • Peanut/Sesame Oil: If you do not have peanut oil or have a peanut allergy in your family,  you can substitute another mild-flavored oil (olive, avocado, canola, etc.).  However please (pretty please) do not leave out the sesame oil. It imparts a richness of flavor that cannot be achieved without any other oil variety out there!
  • Hoisin Sauce: For a gluten-free variety I recommend this gluten-free hoisin sauce!

Storage

Refrigerate this in an air-tight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 2 months. 

Nutrition

Calories: 106.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.4g | Protein: 6.8g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 74.3mg | Potassium: 128.2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1.6g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Calcium: 555mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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30 Comments

    1. OoOoo YES Arlene that sounds amazing! I have actually almond bought an air fryer SO many times! If you try it let me know how it turns out!

    1. Hey Alison! Yes it can be baked! Just be sure to add the hoisin sauce in the last 10 minutes of baking so it doesn’t burn!

  1. Laura that tofu is crispy perfection!! And heck YES to all those delicious Asian flavors. Adding tofu to my grocery list today now! 😉

    1. Crispy is the only way to eat tofu (in my opinion lol)!! Asian food is the best too! 🙂 Have a great day Jamie!

  2. 5 stars
    yes to all the asian flavors without all the unhealthy ingredients that goes with it! Pinning this 🙂

    1. I L-O-V-E Asian food! It gets a bad wrap for being unhealthy but really it’s not! 🙂 (Unless you order the orange chicken (guilty) but always with steamed veggies…balance right)!?

  3. Your Crispy Hoisin Tofu looks delicious, beautiful presentation! I really appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  4. One of my go to meals as well! Hope you will join our Meatless Monday link up sometime

    1. Hey Deborah! Tofu is so easy and delicious! I love that it takes on the flavor of whatever sauce you pair it with! 🙂

  5. This tofu has me drooling! I am not vegetarian by any means but I do really like tofu. I’m with you though on having it be extra firm and I love that this is crispy as well – plus the hoisin sauce? Swoon! I think even my husband and kiddos, who don’t share my enthusiasm for tofu normally, would love this! Pinned!

    1. Hey Kathryn! I’m totally with you…not a vegetarian but really enjoy tofu! My whole family loves this!! My 5 year old kept asking for more! 🙂 Hoisin sauce is one of my top 5 favorite condiments too! 🙂

  6. I love cooking with Asian flavors and this dish looks seriously awesome! My hubby and I definitely spoil each other on our birthdays and actually tend to drag the celebration out to make it more like a birth week 🙂 Can’t wait to see what goodies you’re cooking up for your man!

    1. Hey hey a birth week sounds like a GREAT idea! 🙂 Asian food is my favorite non-dessert cuisine! 🙂 My guilt pleasure is Panda Express….I just love it!

  7. Oh my. This sounds so so delicious! I need to cook with Tofu more! Thank you for the idea!

    1. Tofu is such a great meatless protein option! 🙂 Inexpensive and delicious and healthy! win win win!

  8. Oooooh, this looks seriously ridiculously good!

    I can’t wait to see what recipes you come up with for your hubby!