Spiced Crusted Tofu Cutlets Recipe

Recipe Category: Tofu

Spiced Crusted Tofu Cutlets Recipe


Makes 4 Cutlets

This Is Vegan.

  • 1 pound very firm tofu, cut into 4 slices, each about ¾-inch thick
  • za-atar spice mix
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Put a medium-large pot of water to boil over high heat, and place a colander in the sink
  2. When the water boils, turn the heat to low and add the 4 slices of tofu
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes
  4. Then gently slip the tofu into the colander to drain, being careful not to break the slices
  5. Meanwhile, combine the spice mix ingredients in a small bowl
  6. Pour the mix into a pie pan and spread it out
  7. Turn on the stove fan and/or open the kitchen window (this process can create a fair amount of smoke)
  8. Place a large (10-to 12-inch) heavy skillet over medium heat and wait for about a minute
  9. While the pan is heating, carefully place one of the tofu slices in the spice mix, patting it down to coat one side; then sprinkle the mix on top and pat it on with your fingers to coat the surface evenly
  10. Transfer the slice to a plate and repeat with the other 3 slices
  11. Some of the coating may fall off; try to sprinkle as much of it as you can back onto the tofu, using up all of the mixture
  12. Gently transfer the tofu slices to the hot pan, and let them cook, undisturbed, for about 2 minutes, or until they are golden underneath
  13. Use a thin-bladed metal spatula to carefully loosen each cutlet and gently flip it over
  14. Cook on the second side for 2 minutes, or until the undersides are nicely browned
  15. Most of it will stick
  16. You can also push some of the fallen spice mix onto the sides of the tofu slices
  17. Transfer the cooked cutlets to serving plates, and serve right away

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