crunchy tofu sticks with honey-mustard dipping sauce

Mmm, crunchy tofu sticks.  This is a great alternative to fish sticks or chicken nuggets.  These are pretty much guilt-free finger food because they’re baked, not fried (although you could fry them, and that would be delicious, no doubt).

crunchy tofu sticks with honey-mustard dipping sauce

serves 3


15 oz firm tofu, cut into 1-inch wide sticks

1 egg

all-purpose flour

panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)


kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

canola cooking spray

dijon mustard (preferably made with coarsely ground mustard — try Grey Poupon “Country Dijon”)


To make the crunchy tofu sticks:

Cut the tofu into 1-inch wide sticks, like this:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare a breading station including three components: (1) flour mixed with salt, pepper and paprika; (2) one egg scrambled with a splash of water and pepper and (3) panko breadcrumbs with pepper and paprika.  Set up the station with bowls, like this:

To bread the tofu, use tongs to roll each piece in the flour, then the egg (shake off excess) and then the breadcrumbs.

step 1 : roll the tofu in the seasoned flour

step 2: use tongs to coat the tofu with egg

step 3: press the tofu into the breadcrumbs to coat

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and place it to the right of the breadcrumbs so that it’s handy for depositing the tofu sticks as you bread them.

Arrange the breaded tofu sticks on the baking sheet and spray the tops with cooking spray; this will help create a golden crust.  Bake the tofu sticks for 20 minutes at 400 degrees and then finish them under the broiler until they just begin to brown.  (I use the oven light to watch what I’m broiling so that I can take the food out the moment it looks perfect.  Food goes from perfect to burnt really quickly under the broiler!)

Serve the crunchy tofu sticks with the honey-mustard dipping sauce.

To make the honey-mustard dipping sauce:

Combine equal parts dijon mustard and honey in a bowl.  It’s that easy!!


7 responses to “crunchy tofu sticks with honey-mustard dipping sauce

  1. Awesome recipe idea. I’m going to try this soon!

  2. Valerie: Thanks for checking out my blog. Let me know how the tofu sticks turn out! 🙂

  3. I saw something similar on a cafe specials board today but couldn’t quite visualise… It looks yummy! And so easy to make – perfect!

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  5. Made these and they were sooo good. Going in my rotation!

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