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Tofu Parmesan

Crisp vegan Tofu Parmesan with savory tomato sauce and melty cheese is about to become your new favorite way to make tofu for an easy weeknight dinner.

Bowl of vegan tofu parmesan with fresh parsley and spaghetti noodles.

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Anything smothered in flavorful marinara sauce, melted cheese, and crispy breadcrumbs is pure comfort for dinner. And this tofu parmesan is every bit as crispy, satisfying, and delicious as any classic chicken or eggplant parm recipe you’ve tried. In fact, I’ll bet that this plant-based recipe is tasty enough to win over even the most die-hard poultry eaters.

The key to making this dish truly shine is making sure your tofu gets extra crispy. And that part is easier than you might think! I’ve put together a how-to guide on crispy tofu to ensure that your tofu parmesan comes out incredibly crisp and flavorful every time.

Ingredients

While a dish piled high with spaghetti and vegan tofu parmesan certainly looks impressive, you only need a few simple ingredients to pull it off. It’s perfect for weeknight cooking without sacrificing flavor or nutrients. Reminder: You can find the printable, detailed recipe in the recipe card below.

ingredients for baked tofu parmesan.
  • Tofu. Use extra-firm tofu for the best texture. And be sure to press it to remove as much moisture as possible before cooking.
  • Vegan mayo. Vegan mayo is the perfect substitute for eggs when breading tofu. It helps the panko stick, adds moisture, and helps achieve those crispy edges.
  • Garlic and onion powder. These help season and flavor your crispy tofu steaks with classic Italian flavor.
  • Dried basil. Another herby flavor enhancer for the tofu steaks.
  • Panko breadcrumbs. This is the key to super crispy tofu. Gluten-free panko will also work. Regular breadcrumbs will work instead of panko, but many brands contain dairy or eggs so watch the label.
  • Marinara sauce. Most jarred pasta sauces are naturally vegan. You can also use easy homemade marinara sauce if you like.
  • Shredded vegan mozzarella. My two favorite types of vegan mozzarella are VioLife and Miyoko’s.

How to Make Tofu Parmesan

Sliced tofu on a cutting board.

Step 1: Slice the tofu into 6 pieces. Press for about 10 minutes.

Two bowls, one filled with panko and the other with seasoned vegan mayo.

Step 2: In a bowl, mix together the mayo, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, salt, and black pepper. Put the panko in a separate bowl.

A vegan mayo-covered piece of tofu being pressed into panko breading for a crispy coating.

Step 3: Dip the tofu in the mayo, then the panko, coating evenly.

Breaded tofu slices in a baking dish.

Step 4: Place the tofu slices into the prepared baking dish.

Crispy baked tofu parmesan in a baking dish.

Step 5: Bake for 20 minutes, or until the breading is golden brown and crispy.

Tofu chicken parmesan, freshly baked, with marinara and vegan cheese on top.

Step 6: Remove from the oven and top with marinara sauce and cheese. Put the dish back into the oven for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is hot and melty.

Storage

Store leftover vegan tofu parmesan in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.

Substitutions & Variations

  • Gluten-free: substitute panko with gluten-free breadcrumbs.
  • Other cheeses: You can substitute vegan mozzarella with shredded plant-based parmesan or even creamy ricotta.

Pressing Tofu

Tofu Guide: How to Press Tofu
In this resource, you’ll learn 2 easy methods.

Bowl of sliced vegan tofu parmesan with spaghetti noodles and tomato sauce.

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Tofu Parmesan

Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen
Vegan tofu parmesan is incredibly crispy with savory tomato sauce and al dente spaghetti: an easy and fast weeknight dinner recipe.
4.29 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Tofu Press Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian, Vegan
Servings 6
Calories 270 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 block extra firm tofu 14oz
  • ½ cup vegan mayo
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded vegan mozzarella

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Lightly grease a baking dish.
  • Slice the tofu into 6 pieces. Press for about 10 minutes.
  • In a bowl, mix together the mayo, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, salt, and black pepper. Put the panko in a separate bowl.
  • Dredge the tofu in the mayo, then the panko, coating evenly.
  • Place the tofu slices into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until the breading is golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove from the oven and top with marinara sauce and cheese. Put the dish back into the oven for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is hot and melty.
  • Serve with your favorite pasta!

Notes

  • If using a metal baking sheet or pan, reduce the oven temperature to 425°F
  • The method of using vegan mayo to dredge the tofu was inspired by Glue & Glitter.

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 8gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 817mgPotassium: 268mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 177IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 2mg
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3 Comments

  1. This looks great. Any ideas to substitute vegan Mayo? What about like nutritional yeast with a plant milk and some thicker, may flax egg?

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