BBQ Tofu Nuggets

These ‘nuggets’ use super simple ingredients to create a really tasty alternative for a Vegan side dish which is good-for-you using nutritious wholegrains and a homemade BBQ sauce which creates the perfect combination.

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You know when something is so easy but so satisfyingly tasty? Well this is one of those occasions, with such a simple concept and a handful of simple ingredients this recipe is da bomb!

Now I think Tofu gets a lot of stick and hatred because it can taste bland and has an odd texture but I think that is due to wrong cooking methods and lack of marinating because yes both points can be true as Tofu doesn’t taste of anything on its own as it is made from soybean milk but once it is marinated properly it will take on any flavour you want it to, whether that is sweet or savoury. There are also a number of different types of Tofu including a) silken (perfect for sauces, puddings or smoothies) which comes in soft, firm and extra firm, b) block forms of tofu which can be medium firm, firm or extra firm and are best for cooking with as they can be handled more easily and therefore are perfect for recipes such as this or ones that require baking, grilling or crumbling, whereas medium firm might be used for dishes such as simmered soups or juicy Thai curries…yum!

If you haven’t tried Tofu and are someone who has a negative opinion on it then you should give it a try as it is high in protein, low in calories, cheap to buy and is easy to work with once you know how! I also was one of those people who were naive to Tofu and hated it because of how I had eaten it once upon a time, and especially when I first started trying new cuisine and eating out at restaurants that weren’t your usual English food which I was used to. I came across Thai cuisine which was my favourite thing to eat for a while but I was scared to try the ‘bean curd’ that kept cropping up on the menu but I did finally give it a go and I haven’t looked back and now regularly cook with Tofu which is also known as Bean Curd.

There are a few basics when it comes to using the firmer kind of Tofu that you buy in the refrigerated section of the supermarket or your local European food market, firstly these large blocks of Tofu are sold in a package and sit in a pool of water which must be drained (or reserved if your only using some of the Tofu at the time), then rinse and press your Tofu by placing the block on a plate wrapped in paper towel or a tea towel and place a heavy object on top; it is best to leave this for as long as you can to drain as much of the liquid as possible, once this has been done you can then slice the Tofu into whatever shapes you require for your recipe. The next step is to marinate your drained and pressed Tofu, which is also best to be done for as long as you can (overnight) so it can soak up as much as the flavour as possible. Once you have done this you can then cook your Tofu in whichever way you prefer which may be baking it, grilling it, adding it to curries or stews or crumbling it for a Tofu scramble.

So there you have the basics of Tofu and once you get the basics you can use it in so many dishes. However, back to my BBQ Baked Tofu Nuggets which is very simple and tastes delish. Make sure your Tofu is pressed, drained and cut into nugget shapes and your grains are cooked and cooled, and you have your BBQ sauce and arrowroot powder at the ready. For this recipe I used a homemade BBQ sauce as I already had some on hand from my pizza topping, so you could make your own or you could use a store bought sauce, such as my favourite as both will work. If you’re not into BBQ sauce then perhaps try this with a similar sauce such as Tomato but personally I love BBQ and always prefer it and if you have any leftover from the recipe then save this to dip the nuggets in to. I also used cooked quinoa and millet as they are both personal favourites of mine from the grain family and they worked incredibly well in this recipe as they are little grains which stick perfectly. I also used arrowroot to give these nuggets that little extra crisp they need during the baking process and also it helped to stick the sauce and grains together.

This recipe gets a little messy so be prepared for paper towels at the ready once your hands are covered in a mixture of BBQ sauce and grains, which I usually hate when cooking and would normally wear gloves but seeing as Tofu can be quite fragile I thought I’d give it the attention it needs and went for it and it was so worth it. Once all of your Tofu is coated then place it in the oven to crisp up into yummy little nuggets which depending on your oven could take between 30-45 minutes but make sure you keep an eye on them as there is nothing worse than burnt grains! Let them cool slightly before tucking in. This will serve 2 -3 people as a side with a salad perhaps or could serve 4 -5 people as a small snack.

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BBQ Tofu Nuggets
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Recipe type: vegan
Cuisine: mains
Serves: Serves 2 - 3
  • 200g firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1 cup mixture of quinoa and millet, cooked
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F/200C/Gas 6. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cut your tofu into cubes, approximately 18.
  3. In three separate bowls place your BBQ sauce, arrowroot and grains.
  4. Take a piece of tofu and dip it in the BBQ sauce covering it well, and then dip this into the arrowroot and then coat in the quinoa and millet mixture until fully coated.
  5. Repeat this process until all tofu has been used. If there is any leftover BBQ sauce then use this to dip your cooked tofu in.
  6. Place tofu in the pre-heated oven and cook until golden and crispy, approx. 30-40 minutes.
  7. Leave to cool slightly before serving.

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