- Lactose Free
- Difficulty: Easy
- Prep time: 15 min
- Cook time: 10 min
- Makes: 16 pieces
- Cost: Average
- Note + the marinating time (30 min. in the refrigerator)
Looking for vegan recipes? Here is one for you that will delight vegetarian and non-vegetarian palates: tofu nuggets, delicious morsels with a golden and crunchy crust that hide a soft and spicy heart. For this tantalizing variation of nuggets we used tofu, a soy cheese from Asian cuisine characterized by a neutral taste that makes it very versatile. In fact, you can find it in many recipes and enjoy it marinated in beer, fried in batter or in the form of skewers ... now you just have to try this crunchy version too!
- Ingredients for about 16 nuggets
- Tofu ½ lb (200 g)
- Corn flakes 2 oz (60 g) - without sugar
- Potato starch ⅓ cup (50 g)
- Soy milk ½ cup (100 g) - without sugar
- For the marinade
- Lime juice ⅔ cup (160 g) - (about 2 limes)
- Extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp
- Ground black pepper 5
- Black pepper to taste
- Fine salt to taste
- For cooking
- Extra virgin olive oil to taste
How to prepare Tofu nuggets
To prepare tofu nuggets, pat the natural tofu with absorbent paper in order to dry it well from its maintenance liquid 1, then cut it into cubes of about 3 cm 2 and transfer them to a bowl. Cut 2 limes in half and squeeze them 3.
Pour the juice into the bowl with the tofu 4, add the peppercorns 5, a pinch of salt 6 and some ground pepper.
Also add a tablespoon of oil 7 and mix well. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap 8 and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to marinate. Meanwhile, pour the cornflakes into a blender 9.
Blend coarsely 10 and transfer them to a plate. Take the tofu out of the refrigerator and pass each cube first in the potato starch 11 and then in the soy milk, taking care to immerse each side well 12.
Finally cover the cubes with cornflakes 13 and place them gradually on a plate 14. Pour a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil 15 into a non-stick pan and heat it over high heat.
When it is hot, place the nuggets 16 and cook for 10 minutes always over high heat, turning them often to obtain an even browning and not to risk burning them. Serve the freshly prepared tofu nuggets 18!
You can keep the tofu nuggets in the refrigerator for 2-3 days and then reheat them in the oven for a few minutes.
We do not recommend freezing the tofu because the flavor will be altered as well as the color.
The dipping in the starch and then in the milk is essential to make the corn flakes breading adhere well.
You can serve the nuggets with a vegan mayonnaise or with natural soy yogurt seasoned with oil, pepper and salt.