This easy pan fried tofu is super crispy outside, chewy inside, and packed with flavor as a versatile plant-based protein, all with just 4 ingredients & in under 25 minutes- no pressing required!

Ingredients – 16 oz super firm tofu, cubed – 2 Tbsp soy sauce – 3 Tbsp cornstarch – 1 tsp garlic powder (optional) – 1/4 tsp smoked paprika (optional) – 2 to 3 Tbsp high heat oil

Instructions – In a medium bowl, mix the soy sauce, cornstarch, and garlic powder and smoked paprika if using. Then add the tofu cubes and coat well. – Heat a large non-stick pan over high heat. Add the oil and spread it all over the pan.

Instructions – Once the oil is hot, lower the heat to medium and add the tofu in a single layer. Work in batches if your pan is not big enough. – Cook each side for 2-3 minutes or until desired crispiness is achieved. – Serve hot or cold.

Quick Tip! For the crispiest results, press the tofu for 30 minutes using a tofu press or by wrapping it in a kitchen towel and placing a heavy skillet and/or several large books on top. However, this step is completely optional.