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Almond Crusted Crispy Baked Tofu Recipe

A delicious way to enjoy tofu, Almond Crusted Crispy Baked Tofu! This crunchy, flavourful tofu recipe is vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, and oil-free. Plus, it comes together in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: main dishes
Keyword: crispy baked tofu, gluten free, grain free, main dishes, oil free, tofu, vegan
Servings: 4 -5 servings
Author: Remy


  • 1 package extra firm tofu roughly 15oz
  • 1/4 cup rice flour arrowroot starch (or cornstarch)
  • 1/4 cup soymilk or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp gluten free soy sauce
  • 2/3 cups roasted almonds
  • 1/3 cups roasted walnuts
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • to serve with
  • rice noodles
  • bok choy


  • Preheat oven to 425F degrees while you prepare your tofu. If using an airfryer, please see notes below*
  • Next, drain and press tofu using a
    tofu press, or wrapping your tofu in a kitchen towel and placing a heavy weight on top (a frying pan does a great job!).
  • Prepare your nuts by dry toasting on a frying pan for a few minutes on medium heat. Continuously toss by shaking the pan, or using a spatula, so as not to burn. Even though nuts are already roasted, giving it a toast will help to bring out flavour and remove any excess moisture. You can skip this step but I highly recommend it! After toasting, let cool for a few minutes and blitz nuts in a food processor until mealy--don't blend too much or it will turn into nut butter! Think breadcrumb texture.
  • Next, prepare 3 small bowls. In bowl 1, add rice flour. In bowl 2, add soymilk mixed with gluten free soy sauce. Finally, in bowl 3, add your ground nut mix with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and salt.
  • Now take tofu and slice into cubes. I like to slice into thirds horizontally as I find the smaller the tofu piece, the more flavour and crust per bite!
  • Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a 
    baking mat and begin to coat tofu. Grab a tofu cube, coat in rice flour, quickly dip into milk mixture and finally toss and coat in the nut mixture. Transfer coated pieces onto baking sheet and repeat until all the tofu is coated.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, flipping at the halfway point, until tofu is crisp and golden brown. If using an airfryer bake at 375F for about 12-15 min, flipping or shaking basket at the halfway point.


Secrets to Success

  • I recommend using shallow, larger bowls when preparing your tofu so that it's easier to coat tofu pieces evenly. If you'd like to take a shortcut, you can toss your tofu in flour in a larger bowl and shake to cover but do not shortcut the plant milk dipping step.

Serving Tips

To serve this tofu, you can actually bake it a second time with a favourite sauce on top. After baking, toss in the sauce and pop it back in the oven for 5-10 minutes. This is especially delicious with sauces like:
You can also use these crispy baked tofu cubes in a tofu stir-fry with your favorite veggies, atop a salad, and more! 

Storage Tips

  • Store leftover crispy baked tofu in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the air fryer or stove top to retain the crispy and crunchy texture.