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Tasty Tofu Crumbles with Asian-Fusion Flavors

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You won’t believe how tasty these Asian Flavored Tofu Crumbles are! The flavor is very loosely borrowed from the flavor profile of that savory-sweet tasty Korean BBQ sauce you might remember from times gone by. Serve in a lettuce roll, wrap, as a topping for vegetables or soup. Or just eat with a spoon as a snack – they are that good!

black bowl of cooked asian flavored tofu crumbles

I have become pretty addicted to my tofu crumbles recipes. They are powerfully flavored little nubs of tofu goodness that work as a topping or a snack.

The reasons your are going to love these Asian-flavored tofu crumbles:

  • Unique flavor – they taste a little bit like the flavores of Korean barbeque sauce:
    • tangy
    • sweet
    • a little spicey
    • savory
  • Easy to pack and transport for a quick pick-me-up
  • Great spinkled on almost everything – soup, salad, veggies, or used in a wrap.
three lettuce cups with tofu crumbles and soy sauce on the side

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black bowl of cooked asian flavored tofu crumbles with pinterest text overlays

Ingredients needed to make these tofu crumbles:

I know it seems like a lot! Trust me – it will be worth it:)

  • tofu, extra firm – 14 ounces
  • onion, chopped
  • soy sauce – I use low sodium
  • maple syrup
  • ketchup
  • tahini
  • ginger paste
  • sesame oil
  • nutriional yeast
  • coconut sugar
  • garlic powder
  • red pepper flakes
All the ingredients needed for asian tofu crumbles including soy sauce, ketchup, coconut sugar, nutritional yeast, maple syrup, ginger paste, tahini, sesame oil, tofu, chopped onion, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, roasted garlic powder

How to make these Korean BBQ inspired tofu recipe

Step 1: Press the tofu

Why do we have to press the tofu? It gets the liquid out and gives the tofu a better, less mushy texture.

You can do it the way I used to do it – between two plates with heavy books stacked on top…

Tofu Pressed Between Plates
This is seriously sad – and seriously the way I used to press tofu!

Or you can invest a few dollars in a tofu press. Try it once and you’ll be wondering why you hesitated to buy a real tofu press in the first place! My current favorite tofu press is by Tofu Bud and can be purchased on Amazon.

Step 2: Mix together the sauces and seasonings

tofu press in front on wooden cutting board with onions, and next with a glass bowl with ingredients for the sauce mixture being whisked in

While the tofu is pressing, you can get the sauces and seasonings together.

Chop the onion fairly small. Once the tofu crumbles are fully cooked, you don’t want big chunks of cooked onion – just a hint.

showing the size of the chopped onions relative to the large knife

In a large bowl, mash and stir together all of the ingredients except for the tofu (which should still be draining).

Step 3: Crumble the tofu

Once you have pressed and drained the tofu, crumble it into little pieces into the bowl with the sauce and onions.

It’s really best to hand crumble the tofu to get the right size and shape. You don’t want to cut it because it will not look as natural.

crumbling the tofu into small irregular pieces
Your tofu should be crumbled about the size and shape of ground meat.

Mix the crumbled tofu together with everything else. Make sure that the small pieces of tofu are well coated.

Step 4: Bake the tofu

Start by spreading the coated tofu onto a parchment-covered baking sheet. Notice that the pieces are all kind of gummed together. Don’t worry, as the tofu bakes, the small pieces will dry up and separate.

uncooked asian tofu crumbles on parchment lined baking sheet b

Put the sheet of unbaked tofu into a 375° oven.

You will be cooking it for a total of one hour but removing it from the oven every 15 minutes to stir and turn.

I like to take a pancake-turner and turn the pieces over. I also like to bring the cooked pieces at the edge to the middle and the less cooked pieces from the middle to the edges.

After an hour your tofu will look more like this.

uncooked asian tofu crumbles on parchment lined baking sheet b

Serving suggestions

This is always my favorite part! The tofu crumbles should keep in your refrigerator tightly covered for at least five days. Don’t keep them beyond the expiration date that was printed on the tofu carton.

I like to make tasty healthy lettuce wraps using the tofu crumbles as the main ingredient and adding other shredded vegetables on top.

Mix in with roasted potatoes or other vegetables. Sprinkle on salad or soup.

soup topped with asian flavored tofu crumbles

I also like to use tofu crumbles as a component in a Buddha bowl.

Or just pick them up with your fingers and snack. I’m not judging!

The printable recipe card for Asian- Fusion Tofu Crumbles

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black bowl of cooked asian flavored tofu crumbles

Tasty Tofu Crumbles with Asian-Fusion Flavors

You won't believe how tasty these Asian Flavored Tofu Crumbles are! The flavor is very loosely borrowed from the flavor profile of that savory-sweet tasty Korean BBQ sauce you might remember from times gone by. Serve in a lettuce roll, wrap, as a topping for vegetables or soup. Or just eat with a spoon as a snack – they are that good!
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Snack, toppings
Cuisine: American, Asian Fusion
Keyword: tofu crumbles
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
taking out from the oven and stirring: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 81kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey

Equipment

  • oven
  • sheet pan with silicone mat or parchment paper
  • tofu press

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces tofu extra firm
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • ¼ cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger paste
  • teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼-½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375° and prepare a sheet pan or cookie sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  • Press and drain the tofu. Discard the liquid.
  • While the tofu is being pressed, chop the onion and set it aside.
  • Measure out all of the other ingredients in a med/large bowl and mix well: the low sodium soy sauce, maple syrup, ketchup, tahini, ginger paste, sesame oil,nutritional yeast, coconut sugar, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes.
  • With your fingers, crumble the pressed and drained tofu into small pieces (similar in size to when one would cook ground meat).
  • Add the crumbled tofu and chopped onions to the bowl. Stir to combine, making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl so that the tofu is well coated with all of the seasonings and sauce mixture.
  • Turn the tofu mixture into the pan on top of the parchment paper. Spread evenly and place into a 375° oven. (It will cook for one hour total in the oven but you will need to set the timer pull it out and stir it around every 15 minutes.)
  • After 15 minutes, remove from the oven and stir and turn with a spatula, breaking up the tofu. Try to pull the dry crispier edges to the center and the wet center pieces to the edges.
  • Continue this for three more times every 15 minutes for a total of one hour cooking time (about 1 hour 15 minutes total by the time you pull it out and stir 3 times.) By now, most of the tofu pieces should be mostly dry and slightly chewy.
  • Place in an airtight container and refrigerate. As long as your tofu doesn't exceed the expiration date, you should be able to keep it for up to a week.

Notes

The 30 minute time to press the tofu is just an estimate and will vary depending on the type of tofu press you use. I used the Tofo Bud and it was ready to drain in 30 minutes. 
The 30 minutes pressing time is included in the prep time at the top.
I set the servings for10 which will give you 1/4 cup servings. If you use less or more, adjust the nutrition information accordingly.

Nutrition

Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 357mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg
By on July 18th, 2021

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3 thoughts on “Tasty Tofu Crumbles with Asian-Fusion Flavors”

  1. 5 stars
    Tofu is our favorite! So glad to know this recipe! Thanks a lot for sharing it, it’s really helpful and easy to make! Tasted so delicious as well! Highly recommended!

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  2. 5 stars
    This recipe made a believer in me. I’m not your usual tofu eater, but I tried this, and it was delicious! I will make this again!

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