Buffalo Tofu Nuggets


Last Updated on May 6, 2021

These spicy buffalo tofu nuggets are a delicious way to incorporate more plant-based food into your week! Serve them as an appetizer, at your next party, or tossed over a salad!

buffalo tofu

If you’re looking for new ways to enjoy tofu, this recipe is the one for you! The tofu is dipped in a simple plant-based batter, then baked until crispy with an option to air-fry.

It’s tossed with a vegan buffalo sauce made with just a few simple ingredients, and tastes delicious with your favorite dip or tossed over a salad.

buffalo tofu

Buffalo Tofu Nuggets

To make these nuggets extra crispy, I suggest using extra-firm tofu, or a high-protein tofu, which has the least amount of water content.

  1. Pat your tofu dry and cut into cubes
  2. Dip the cubes in the gluten-free batter
  3. Coat them in your crumbs
  4. Bake until crispy
  5. Serve with your homemade buffalo sauce!

Sounds easy, right? It totally is. This meal is a great option for the end of the week when groceries are running low. You can serve it as a snack or part of a larger meal.

buffalo tofu

Vegan Buffalo Sauce

The vegan buffalo sauce is made with just 4 simple ingredients. You’ll need:

  • Plant-based butter
  • Frank’s red hot sauce
  • Honey, or pure maple syrup for a vegan version
  • Optional: worcestershire sauce– you can use a vegan option if needed!

The tofu tastes best when served fresh with the sauce. If you wanted to prepare the sauce and bake the tofu ahead of time, I suggest tossing them together right before you’re ready to eat!

This flavorful dish is a delicious way to eat more tofu, and a fun way to change up your weekly proteins! Let me know if you try it in the comments below 🙂

Other tofu recipes you may like:

Cashew Tofu Stir-fry

Crumbled Tofu Tacos with Kale Slaw

Sesame Ginger Tofu

Sweet & Spicy Tofu and Broccoli

Buffalo Tofu Nuggets

5 from 2 votes
Course: Main


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  • 1 block extra firm tofu

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 cassava flour, or substitute all-purpose or a 1:1 gluten-free flour blend

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 unsweetened plant-based milk

  • 1 tsp 1 garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 salt

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 unseasoned panko crumbs or breadcrumbs, use gluten-free if needed

  • Olive oil to drizzle

  • Salt & pepper

  • Buffalo sauce
  • 1/3 cup 1/3 plant-based butter

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 Frank’s red hot

  • 1 tsp 1 honey or pure maple syrup

  • Optional: 1 tsp worscestershire sauce, use a vegan one if needed


  • Preheat your oven to 375 F
  • Pat the tofu dry and cut into cubes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and garlic powder and mix well. Add in the milk and whisk until a batter forms.
  • Place your panko crumbs into a separate plate or bowl and season with salt & pepper. Begin dipping each piece of tofu into the batter and then into the panko crumbs to coat them. Repeat until all the tofu is coated and layer them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Once all the tofu is coated, drizzle the bites with olive oil or cooking spray. Bake for 40-45 minutes, flipping half way through.
  • AIR FRYER INSTRUCTIONS: place the tofu on your air fryer rack, spray with cooking spray and air fry on 375 F for 25 minutes
  • For the buffalo sauce, melt the butter in the microwave and combine in a bowl with the hot sauce, honey, and worcestershire if using. You can also heat the sauce in a small saucepan over a low flame, whisking it together for a few minutes until smooth.
  • Toss together with the tofu and enjoy! If you plan to make this ahead of time, I suggest mixing the sauce with the tofu right before serving it.

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  1. So yummy & easy to make. Would recommend this recipe to everyone

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