Even the most tofu-averse will fall in love with these herb-crusted steaks – just ask my husband, who used to hate tofu but now requests them once a week! The secret to these steaks’ deliciousness is all in the preparation and seasoning. These tofu steaks are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, proving that tofu can be anything but bland and mushy. These also pair nicely with my vegan gravy recipe which can be found here.
Ingredients & Substitutions: What Is In Herb Crusted Tofu Steaks
To make herb crusted tofu steaks, you will need a few key ingredients. First and foremost, you’ll need a brick of extra firm tofu. This type of tofu is best for holding its shape and texture when sliced and baked. In addition to the tofu, you’ll need extra virgin olive oil to help the herbs and spices stick to the tofu and create a crispy exterior. Garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper are also key seasonings for the tofu.
For those who like a bit of heat, hot chili powder can be added as well. Herbes de Provence and Italian seasoning are optional, but they add a nice herbal flavor to the dish. Lastly, a mixture of nutritional yeast and oat flour (or quinoa flour) is used to coat the tofu slices before baking. This mixture helps to create a crunchy, flavorful crust on the tofu steaks.
- Tofu press: This tool helps remove excess water from the tofu quickly and efficiently.
- Non-stick baking sheet: This will prevent the tofu from sticking to the pan and make cleaning up easier.
- Measuring spoons and cups: Precise measurements will ensure that your herb crusted tofu steaks turn out just right.
- Mixing bowls: Use separate bowls for the dry ingredients and olive oil to make the coating process easier.
How To Make These Vegan Herb Crusted Tofu Steaks
Making herb crusted tofu steaks is easy and straightforward. Here’s how to do it:
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Press the block of extra firm tofu to remove excess water. Cut it into 9 equal pieces and set aside.
In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients including garlic powder, hot chili powder (optional), paprika, salt, pepper, herbes de Provence (optional), Italian seasoning, nutritional yeast, and oat flour (or quinoa flour).
In a separate bowl, add the olive oil.
Now it’s time to turn those tofu slices into herb crusted masterpieces! First, dip a tofu steak in olive oil to lightly coat it. Next, coat it in the dry mixture, pressing the mixture onto the tofu to ensure it sticks.
Place the coated tofu slices directly on a non-stick baking sheet.
Repeat this task with all 9 steaks.
Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and set the timer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, flip the tofu steaks and bake for another 15-20 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
Once done, you can eat the herb crusted tofu steaks as is, or top them with your favorite sauce. BBQ sauce, tahini garlic sauce, or vegan gravy are some delicious options.
Tips & Tricks For This Herb-Crusted Tofu Steaks Recipe
- Pressing the tofu is an important step to ensure that it absorbs the herb crust and becomes crispy on the outside.
- If you want to save time, you can use a tofu press to remove excess water from the tofu.
- You can also marinate the tofu for extra flavor before coating it with the herb mixture.
- Make sure to use a non-stick baking sheet to prevent the tofu from sticking and to make cleaning up easier.
- Experiment with different seasonings and herbs to create your own unique flavor profile.
FAQ: Herb Crusted Tofu Steaks
Yes, for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge or microwave and reheat in the oven or air fryer.
BBQ sauce, tahini garlic sauce, or vegan gravy are great options. Serve with mashed potatoes and veggies.
Press tofu between two plates with a heavy can on top for at least 30 minutes before marinating. This makes it firmer and able to hold its shape when cooked.
Reheat in the air fryer for a snack or sandwich filling. Experiment with different spices and seasonings for a variety of flavors.
The Tofu Steaks keep in the fridge for 5 days in an airtight container.
The oil olive helps the seasoning to stick. To get seasoning to stick to tofu, it’s important to press the tofu first to remove excess water. Then, cut the tofu into small pieces and toss it with the seasoning, making sure to coat each piece well.
You can coat tofu in a variety of ingredients, such as breadcrumbs, cornstarch, flour, and panko. These coatings can help give the tofu a crispy texture when pan-frying or baking.
Herb Crusted Tofu Steaks
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Press the tofu and cut into 9 equal pieces.
- In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, add the olive oil.
- Now, it's time to bread the tofu. First, dip a tofu steak in olive oil to lightly coat it. Next, coat in the dry mixture and place it directly on a non-stick baking sheet. Repeat this task with all 9 steaks.
- Bake the tofu steak in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping halfway.
- Top tofu steaks with a sauce of your choice, serve with your favourite side dishes and enjoy!
These vegan tofu steaks are a delicious and easy-to-make vegan protein option that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Whether you’re looking for a main course to serve with mashed potatoes and veggies or a protein option for your holiday meal, these tofu steaks are sure to impress. With the helpful tips and tricks included in this article, along with the right tools, anyone can make these tasty herb-crusted tofu steaks. So give this recipe a try and enjoy a delicious and healthy meal that’s both vegan and flavorful.