Buffalo Tofu Bites

These crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites make a fun appetizer or snack, perfect for sharing with friends or to scarf on game day while you watch your favorite football team!

Buffalo Tofu Bites Recipe

My love for all things Buffalo knows no bounds!

I’ve Buffalo sauced everything from chickpeas to spaghetti squash to veggie burgers! I even have some pretty rockin’ buffalo zucchini chips on the blog too with no signs of stopping.

Buffalo sauce is so crazy versatile it can be used on beans, shrimp, chicken, veggies, and now… TOFU!

Cue cayenne pepper shaped confetti.

Buffalo Tofu Bites with Ranch

MAN this recipe was fun to create!

While testing this recipe I had quite a few batches of Buffalo Tofu to eat! I wound up snacking on quite a bit while photographing the recipe (def a perk of the job!) and saved the rest for later.

I was excited to find that they actually reheated pretty well! The following day, I spread leftover Buffalo Bites on a parchment paper line baking sheet and baked at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes until nice and hot. Before serving, I tossed them in a little more buffalo sauce (when you cook them with the sauce they soak quite a bit up) and dove in face-first.

At some point during recipe testing I even tried dipping the plain crispy salt and pepper pan-fried tofu in buffalo sauce and called it a day. It’s really quite a fun recipe to snack on both ways!

BUFFALO TOFU BITES

Serve these baller buffalo tofu bites with crunchy celery sticks and your favorite Ranch for dipping! You can use your go-to homemade ranch or simply grab a store-bought brand that rocks your socks.

Looking for a homemade dairy-free Ranch dressing? This speedy Ranch Dressing is one of my favorites!

Buffalo Tofu Bites Recipe
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Buffalo Tofu Bites

These crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites make a fun appetizer or snack, perfect for sharing with friends or to scarf on game day while you watch your favorite football team!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Buffalo Tofu
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 14 oz package extra firm tofu
  • 3 TBSP cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste (I added a pinch of each)
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil
  • 3 TBSP butter, melted
  • 4-5 TBSP "Frank's Red Hot" sauce

Instructions

  1. Advance prep: Drain and remove tofu from package. Slice the block of tofu into two 1/2 inch thin planks and place on a stack of 4-5 folded paper towels, placing an additional stack of paper towels on top. Set something heavyish on top (I use a cast iron skillet) to make a make-shift tofu press for water removal. Allow to sit. I usually start my tofu about 30 minutes before I want to start cooking.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Cut each tofu plank into 8 bite-sized cubes, for 16 pieces total.
  4. Mix cornstarch with garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Sprinkle over the tofu and gently toss until evenly coated and no powdery spots remain.
  5. Bring a pan or cast iron skillet to medium-high heat, then add 2 TBSP oil once hot. Tilt and swirl pan so oil is evenly distributed.
  6. Once the oil has evenly heated, add your tofu, spaced, so that no sides touch. Let the first side sear for about 6 minutes so a nice even crust forms. You can shake the pan occasionally so they don't stick but keep them on the first side. Once perfectly golden, flip each tofu nugget to the other side and sear for about 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to drain on a paper towel.
  7. While the tofu is cooking, mix together melted butter and hot sauce (I always use Frank's - my favorite!) and whisk well.
  8. In a medium bowl combine crispy tofu with 3/4 of the buffalo sauce and toss gently to coat.
  9. Transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake the tofu for 15-20 minutes, flipping tofu halfway to crisp both sides.
  10. Toss tofu in remaining buffalo sauce and dive in right away! Serve with celery sticks and homemade or store-bought ranch dressing for dunking.

Recipe Notes

Vegan? Replace the butter with a little melted coconut oil, to taste, and use a vegan ranch for dunking. Easy peasy!

Arrowroot starch makes a great swap for cornstarch if needed. If skipping the arrowroot or cornstarch and pan-frying your tofu, you'll need to use a non-stick skillet to prevent sticking. The starch also helps make the tofu crispy.

Buffalo Sauce FTW! If you get a chance to try these tasty buffalo tofu bites, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation!

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Comments

  • Hannah

    Can I use firm tofu instead of extra firm?

    • Hi Hannah! It miiiight try to break apart on you. I usually use firm for my tofu scrambles because of how easy it likes to crumble.

  • Kasey Schwartz

    Oooo! Buffalo Chicken is my favorite!! I bet this is amazing too!!! I can’t wait to try it!

    • So stoked for you to try it Kasey – thanks!!

  • Jane Saunders

    I’ve never cooked tofu before but your recipe looks straightforward and the resulting crispy bites look hard to resist. I may just surprise my best friend, who is vegetarian, with these. I think she’ll be impressed.

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