Fried Tofu (Lent Compliant)

Let the fried tofu drain on paper towels after frying

This is probably my single favorite lent recipe.  Fried tofu can be a snack or a meal.  It can be mixed into fried rice.  It can be used in Asian dishes.  It is great hot; it is arguably better cold.  I eat fried tofu in or out of Great Lent because it just tastes good!


  • 1 cup canola or other vegetable oil
  • 5 tbs sesame seed
  • 4 tbs corn starch
  • 4 tbs white or brown flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp white sugar
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional for spicy)
  • 1 lb extra firm tofu


  1. Cut the tofu into cubes.  Put the cut tofu on a paper towel placed over a cutting board.  Cover with another paper towel.  Place a heavy book on top to drain tofu.  You may want to change out the paper towels during the process.
  2. Meanwhile, mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Heat oil over medium heat in a skillet
  4. Roll tofu cubes in flour mixture until thoroughly coated
  5. Fry in oil, turning as necessary to cook fully.
  6. Remove and place on paper towel to drain.


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