Crunchy “tofu sticks” is a sure-shot way to win anybody over! If they are a tofu lover, you are soon going to become their favorite chef, if they are a tofu hater, they will soon believe you have supernatural powers of transforming yucky into yummy! 😀 A crust that is so crisp that you can hear a crackle when you bite envelops a center so soft, you would think it is a marshmallow! Add a well-balanced seasoning to these complementing textures and you will be making tofu sticks every other day!

Crunchy Tofu Sticks, A crisp crust and a soft centre just like the best person I know :)

Weekends are synonymous with snacks and finger foods. Friday night or Saturday night is when a couple of tasty appetizers walk out of the kitchen. Yes, the appetizers walk themselves out because the person carrying it pales/becomes invisible when compared to the delicious appetizer 😛 Just kidding! Food, wine/beer and a movie or a Netflix marathon, is what “a quality spent as a couple” means to us (Nachiket and me).

Marinating and seasoning Tofu for a delicious snack

This weekend, the new item on the menu was tofu sticks. The picture perfect scene that I just described to you did happen this weekend but it took a few beatings and a terrible long route before it got there. You see, some days, are just bad days. The pantry magically seems to swallow just the ingredients you need.  You can swear you saw it lying around a couple of days ago, but the moment you need it; poof!

Started out to become a tofu patty for a burger, tofu sticks happened when the fries I wanted to make to be served with the burger became a classic Pinterest fail! As an experiment, I was trying this totally new take on fries (inspired by the show “Beat Bobby Flay” on Food Network). No eggs in my fridge translated into the fries breaking open into the oil and turning into goop! Then, came the attempt to bake them. Goop again! With no interest in resurrecting the potatoes, I moved on.

Crispy crust, soft insides makes this a perfect alternative to fish sticks

The tofu which was, until then, just getting drained on paper towels took shape of a new idea and donned the tofu sticks avatar! Well, not so concretely yet. I decided to make some sesame crusted tofu when I realized my pantry ate the entire stock of sesame seeds too! Seriously, pantry? Eggs and sesame? Did you make an Asian omelet for yourself when I was asleep?!!

I then decided to coat tofu with bread crumbs and rice flakes (or poha), Using rice flakes as a crust, another thing I saw on Beat Bobby Flay; another thing, I prayed, should not turn into a disaster. This time around, my tofu sticks recipe became a success!

Crispy crust, soft insides makes these Tofu sticks a perfect alternative to fish sticks

After all that jumping through the hoops, you would think that I would have no energy to complete a photoshoot and all I would do was gobble up the tofu sticks. Yes, you are partly right. I did not have any energy left and I did gobble up the tofu sticks but… I completed the photoshoot. One bite of the tofu sticks, and I instantly knew, they deserve a place on the blog and that, if I did not click photos I would regret it once my tummy was full!

Crispy crust, soft insides makes these tofu sticks a perfect alternative to fish sticks

So, here is the recipe for tofu sticks that we thoroughly enjoyed with some chips, beer, movie and some quality time as a couple. I told you, the picture perfect scene took a long time to arrive, indeed! 😀

Tofu Sticks and Chips


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Serves: 2-3



  • 1 block (14 Oz/400g)Extra firm Tofu
  • 1/2 cup Rice flakes (poha)
  • 1/2 cup Panko Bread crumbs (or any other bread crumbs)
  • 1/2 cup Corn starch
  • Water to make a batter with corn starch
  • Salt to season
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • Oil for frying


  1. Cut the extra firm tofu into slices (rectangles as shown in the picture). Place them on paper towels and some heavy weight to drain off excess water.
  2. After about an hour, rub either side of the tofu with salt and red chili powder, cover with a damp towel and let it rest for another half hour.
  3. Mix corn starch with water and a pinch and set aside.
  4. Pulse the rice flour and seasoning (garlic powder, paprika, crushed black pepper and salt) together in a blender. Make it fine enough to coat well but coarse enough to bring out flavor and crunch.
  5. It is important to season all three layers. That is tofu, corn starch batter and the rice flakes-bread crumbs mixture. Failing to do so could lead to bland tofu sticks but be careful and bear in mind that salt gets triple layered. Use your judgement to use the right amounts.
  6. Heat the oil for frying.
  7. Cut the tofu slices into finger sized sticks.
  8. Check if the oil is hot by adding a pinch of bread crumb mixture into it. If it begins ti sizzle immediately, you are good to begin the frying.
  9. Dip the tofu stick into the corn starch batter and the into the rice flake-bread crumb mixture. Ensure it is well coated.
  10. Now lower it slowly into the hot oil. Repeat with a 2/3 more tofu sticks in one batch. Do not over crowd the pan.
  11. Turn the sticks around so that they get fried evenly. Once they turn golden on all sides, drain them out using a slotted spoon.
  12. Place them on paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
  13. Serve with a side of chips, ketchup, beer and Party on!

My Take:

Mix the corn starch batter between batches just before dipping the tofu sticks in because the corn starch has a tendency to settle down.

The tofu sticks can be used as filling in tacos too.

Again, it is important to season all three layers. That is tofu, corn starch batter and the rice flakes-bread crumbs mixture. Failing to do so could lead to bland tofu sticks but be careful and bear in mind that salt gets triple layered. Use your judgement to use the right amounts.

Yummily Yours'


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  1. Wow! This is a brilliant idea.., that must give tofu a whole better taste. Thank you for sharing!

    • Yes, the small marinating time with the chili powder and salt adds to the flavor of tofu. Hope you try this recipe 🙂

  2. You know, I just discovered not too long ago that I really do like tofu! I love its texture and the way it absorbs flavors so well, and this really sounds fantastic! Pinning!

  3. I love your take on “fish and chips”. We love tofu so will definitely be giving this a try. Cheers….Mark

    • Thanks Mark! I know! Although I did not intend to create Vegan Fish and chips, I realised after I ate them that this would make a great alternative. Please let me know how you like the vegetarian fish! 😛

  4. I just love crispy tofu and these sticks look crispier than any I have tried before. Yum!

  5. This is a very intersting recipe. We always have tofu at home and we tend to be repetitive with how we cook it. I’d like to try your recipe 🙂

    • Emanuele, Thank you and please do drop a comment when you try it. Would love to hear from a talented fellow blogger 🙂

  6. I love this idea for tofu! It’s so creative and it looks really tasty too! Great recipe 🙂

    • Thank you Elysia. It was tasty indeed. My Husband and myself had a great foodie start to the weekend with this tofu appetizer 🙂

  7. I love using cornstarch in recipes! I’m looking forward to trying your tofu sticks! We love tofu in our house!

  8. Heck yes, pass me a bowl! These look so crunchy and delicious. Mmmmm.

  9. So smart!! Must try this.

  10. Fun! I need to start eating more tofu!

    • Yes Whitney! Tofu is a great source of protein for my family who is predominantly vegetarian. Fun tofu recipes come to our rescue 🙂

  11. Prash you have become one of my favorite bloggers. I just love your innovative recipes. I can imagine how good the crunch would taste with all that silken tofu. Yum!

    • Awww… Richa! You stole my heart with those words. Humbled and happy, all at the same time! Thanks a ton girl!

  12. wow they look so crisp Prash. A must try for me. Now I have to eat more tofu.

  13. hey can i try with panner same thng as no one loves tofu in my family 😊

  14. I just love reading your blog and your pictures just make me hungry !!!!

  15. These tofu sticks look crispy and tasty. I haven’t had tofu like this ever! Can’t wait to try out your spice blend for this recipe!

  16. Oh Wow, these look just so fabulous and waiting to be taken a bite.. love ur pix

  17. I love ur space Prash! . The crunch and the texture on the sticks are making me drool. Bet your family would have enjoyed them thoroughly

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  19. These are so good! The poha is a brilliant idea. So crunchy, even cold straight from the fridge the next day. Thanks for this recipe!

  20. Hi there…. your recipe looks fantastic. I’m going to try it this week but can you help me with the ingredient rice flakes? You mention both rice flour and rice flakes, which should I look for and what brand? Thank so much…I’m having fun with all your recipes to read!

    • You will find both those ingredients in any Indian store. The rice flakes are called poha (any brand, thick variety) will do.

  21. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Is there a substitute for the corn starch?

    • You could use egg if that is something fine by you. Else, you just need a binding solution so the crunchy coating sticks, like all purpose flour or chickpea flour, or arrow root powder, anything will do. I am sure you will enjoy it 🙂

  22. This is a lovely recipe and looks so tempting.. Going to try it for a party this week so 😊 Hey I had a questions, you don’t have rice flour in the ingredients list but u use it while making the flour mixture (and u have poha in the ingredients and u don’t seem to use it in the mixture.. Shd I use both or either one?) and the bread crumbs do u mix it with the rice flour mixture?? Thank you

    • Thanks Naveena. Sorry about the confusion. It is a typo. I have not used Rice flour in the recipe. Only rice flakes or poha. The instructions should read flakes not flour. Have a great party! I am sure your guests will love it 😊

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