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Crunchy Tofu Fingers with Creamy Gochujang Sauce (vegan, gluten free)

These are super crunchy breaded tofu fingers dipped in a homemade creamy gochujang dipping sauce! A quick, easy, satisfying vegan and gluten-free appetizer or side dish any time of year.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Keyword: breaded tofu fingers, gochujang dipping sauce
Author: Remy

Ingredients

Tofu Fingers

  • 15 oz high protein extra firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup plant milk unsweetened, unflavoured
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup crushed cornflakes or gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • spray cooking oil I used avocado oil spray

Creamy Gochujang Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp gochujang Korean red pepper paste
  • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup warm water

Other, optional

  • scallions for garnish
  • toasted sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  • Start by preparing your tofu. Pat it dry using a kitchen towel and cut it into strips (I cut my tofu block into about 12 sticks total).
  • Next prepare 3 shallow and wide bowls or plates. Place the cornstarch in one, the plant milk in the second and in the third, the cornflakes and all remaining seasonings. Use a spatula or spoon to mix together the cornflake mixture.
  • To batter your tofu, start by coating it in cornstarch. Next, dip it into the milk and finally, drop it into your cornflake mixture until fully coated. Repeat with all remaining tofu sticks and set aside on a half sheet tray and spritz with spray cooking oil.
  • Fry in the airfryer for 8 minutes at 370F or bake in the oven at 375F for 8-10 minutes on one side, flip and bake for another 5-8 minutes or until the tofu fingers are golden brown and crispy.
  • Whisk up all of your gochujang sauce ingredients, adding more or less water to adjust the consistency and then garnish your tofu sticks with sliced green onion and toasted sesame seeds if desired. Enjoy immediately!

Notes

Serving Tips

  • Serve as an appetizer with the dipping sauce or on top of a rice bowl for an easy entree.

Storage Tips

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the air fryer to get them warm and crispy and serve with leftover gochujang dipping sauce.