Crispy Tofu Fries

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Switching my diet to gluten-free a few years ago really opened up my eyes to a variety of different foods, such as tofu!  You might be wondering…why “tofu” fries and not “real” fries?!  Well, for starters, these are MUCH quicker to make, and secondly, what’s wrong with adding a little variety to your family’s diet?

This recipe is hands-down my favourite way to prepare tofu.  I kill two birds with one stone and make “fries” for my son and crispy croutons for me.  My son loves to dip them in homemade hummus or guacamole and I love the texture and crispiness they add to salad.

(For one portion or about 5 fries)
1/2 tsp. olive oil or coconut oil
1 slice of tofu
salt and pepper to taste

Cut one slice of tofu, about 1 inch thick, lengthwise from the block.

Cut tofu into 1 inch strips.  Heat oil in a small frying pan on medium heat for 1-2 minutes.

Add tofu fingers to the pan and add salt and pepper, if desired.   Sauté for about 2 minutes per side or until golden brown on all sides.

Set to cool on a paper towel to soak any excess oil.

Serve alone, with ketchup or your favourite dip.

For the tofu croutons, cut tofu fingers into 1-2 inch cubes and sauté for 5-7 minutes.  Let them cool before adding to salad.

My fave salad is crispy romaine lettuce with cucumbers, dry-cured black olives, scallions and avocado garnished with these crispy croutons!  Pretty simple, but I can’t get enough of it! 

What’s the best way to store tofu?  Cover with water and store in an airtight container for up to 5-7 days.  *TIP: To maximize shelf life change water every day.