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Fried-tofu dish

Fried Tofu Recipe

This fried tofu is the base for many Vietnamese dishes. These tofu pieces could be eaten as is, serve as sides or use as ingredients in both normal and vegan recipes.
Course Appetizer, Side
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Victoria


  • 1 pack firm tofu
  • 3 qt vegetable oil for frying


  • Prepare a bowl of clean cold water
  • Use a sharp pointed knife to carefully cut along the packaging edges to remove tofu block from its pouch.
  • Deep the tofu block into water and gently wash it.
  • Pat dry the surface with paper towel.
  • Cut the tofu block into cubical pieces or as your recipes call for.
  • Lay them out singly either on flat paper towel or colander.
  • Let those piece air dried for at least 10-15 minutes or more. This will help to prevent splattering.
  • Pour veggies oil into deep frying pan/wok place over high heat.
  • When oil is hot, carefully add tofu pieces, one-by-one.
  • Carefully use a wooden spatula or chopsticks to separate tofu pieces while they're sizzling.
  • When all pieces turn gold and floating to the surface, transfer them onto strained container to allow dripping excess oil.
  • Serve as is with soy sauce, onion garnish and Sriracha or use as base for other recipes