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Crispy Pan Seared Tofu. Photograph by Dessert Done Light, Lafayette, La.
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Crispy Pan Seared Tofu

This crispy pan seared tofu is the easiest way to make the tastiest tofu for any dish! All you need is tofu, a tablespoon of cooking oil, and a skillet!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
press tofu30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Easy, Vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Crystal Yentzen


  • 14 oz tofu extra firm
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or other cooking oil
  • seasonings of choice see notes


  • Drain tofu and place on a cutting board. Place a plate on top of the tofu and weigh it down with a can or other heavy object. Allow to sit for 30 minutes as this removes excess water.
  • Dry tofu with a clean kitchen towel and cut into small cubes.
  • Mix seasonings of choice in a small bowl and set aside or you can simply season with salt.
  • Heat avocado oil in a large (preferably cast iron) skillet over medium heat.
  • Add tofu cubes and sear for 5-6 minutes or until a golden crust starts to form. Try not to disturb until it's time to check as this may cause the tofu to stick.
  • Season tofu cubes with half of the salt or seasonings that you plan to use.
  • Flip tofu cubes and sear for an additional 3-4 minutes on each side, until all sides are golden brown.
  • Season tofu cubes once more with the rest of your preferred seasonings.
  • Transfer to a plate.
  • Add them to your favorite recipes or enjoy as a snack with Sesame Ginger Peanut Sauce.
  • Happy Eating!


Season with half a teaspoon of salt (or more to taste) if adding to a recipe. 
Some other great seasoning options are pepper, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, curry seasoning, smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, etc. Get creative!
Store tofu in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 


Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 1mg