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Crispy Vegan Buffalo Tofu

This Crispy Vegan Buffalo Tofu is so full of flavor and spice, and it comes together so easily. It's a perfect game day dish or for any day where a buffalo craving strikes!
Served here with baby kale, chopped celery, and chives.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Keyword: buffalo tofu, crispy tofu, hot sauce, tofu
Servings: 3 people

Ingredients

  • 2/3 block of organic extra firm tofu
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Vegan Buffalo Sauce

  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp. agave
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup vegan sour cream plus more as desired
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch + 1 tbsp. sauce mixture* see notes*

For Serving

  • Greens chives, and chopped celery

Instructions

  • Drain and press the tofu to remove excess water. Slice the tofu (approx 2/3 cm thick).
  • Spread the 1/3 cup cornstarch and 1/2 tsp. garlic powder on a large plate and mix with a spoon, then spread it out again on the plate.
  • Dip the tofu slices on both sides into the cornstarch mixture (the tofu has natural moisture on the slices that will help the cornstarch stick). Avoid having a very thick coating.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, add the hot sauce, garlic powder, and vegan butter. Microwave (or heat on stove) until the butter is melted, about 30 to 60 seconds in the microwave.
  • In a separate bowl, add the vegan sour cream and slowly whisk in the hot sauce mixture until fully combined.
  • Meanwhile, pan fry the cornstarch-coated tofu on medium heat in batches (do not crowd the pan), with around 1 tablespoon of oil in the pan for each batch. You will add the tofu to the pan once the oil has heated.
  • Cook the tofu approx 3 to 4 minutes on each side until it's golden brown, also turning the tofu on its side to brown on the sides a bit.
  • Separately whisk together the 1 tsp. cornstarch with 1 tbsp. of the sauce mixture to make a "slurry" then add it back to the main sauce mixture. Heat it on the stove until gently bubbling (do not boil rapidly) and thickening.
  • Coat the cooked tofu with the sauce and serve with greens and chopped celery if desired.

Notes

*you can skip this thickening step if using additional vegan sour cream (if your sauce is then already thick enough to your liking from the extra vegan sour cream).