Spicy Korean Fried Tofu 

These Spicy Korean Fried Tofu bites pack a punch, and are sure to be a crowd pleaser! Swapping out the chicken for tofu provides a healthier, more environmentally friendly option! Start out a meal with these as a great appetizer or add some rice and lettuce leaves to make this a full meal!


Tofu marinade:

  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • Half the juice from one far of pickles
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


Tofu breading:

  • 2 cups flour (use almond flour if gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed


Sauce for Tofu:

  • 1/2 cup Korean Gochujang sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tsp salt

Oil for frying

For serving:

  • Lettuce Cups
  • White Rice
  • Sesame Seeds


  • Cut tofu into 5 rectangles, cut rectangles in half diagonally and put the pieces into a jar or sealable container
  • Mix juice, yogurt, paprika, oregano, garlic in a bowl. Pour mixture over tofu in container, seal, and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Once the tofu has finished marinating, remove it form the container (save and set the marinade aside), cut the pieces in half, and place them on a sheet in the over for 30 minutes.
  • Once tofu is almost finished baking begin to mix your breading ingredients into a large bowl, and start to get your oil hot enough to fry in
  • Now remove the tofu from the oven and set aside. Pour the marinade used for the tofu into a shallow pan. Mix flaxseed with the marinade.
  • Put your tofu pieces in the marinade, drip clean, in the flour mixture, shake off, and repeat so each pieces is in the flour and the marinade at least twice (this will ensure a thick breading). As each piece is coated, drop it into the oil to begin cooking. Monitor and remove to a paper towel covered plate once finished.
  • Fry the pieces in batches until they are all cooked.
  • Mix your sauce ingredients together as the tofu pieces cool. Add sauce and cooled pieces to a large bowl, mix to cover them all, and they’re ready to serve!

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