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Vegan Nashville Hot Tofu Nuggets

These tofu nuggets are dreamy!

Vegan Nashville hot tofu nuggets are little bites of bliss. I warn you, they may make you cry from joy. My take on Nashville hot chicken. Which is deep fried, and I promise, I made these just as crispy, but without frying them! These tofu nuggets are baked, but unbelievably crispy and crunchy! Nashville hot sauce is a little sweet and very spicy. These vegan Nashville hot tofu nuggets didn’t last more than 5 minutes in my house!

These tofu nuggets stay crispy for a long time, in case you want to serve a platter at a party! You can even bake them ahead of time, and toss them in the sauce right before you are ready to devour them! I love pressing my tofu over night to make these nuggets ultra firm on the inside!

My friend recently sent me a picture of some pre-pressed tofu she got, and I was totally excited. I feel like I spend a good 20% of my life pressing tofu. Think of all the things I could accomplish. Whatever way you press your tofu, the longer you do it, the firmer it will be! 

These vegan Nashville hot tofu nuggets are super quick and easy, baked, sweet and spicy and one of the most amazingly addictive things I have ever eaten. Serve alone, just pop them in your mouth, serve with any dipping sauce you may want, or classic on white bread with pickles! 

5 from 1 vote
Vegan Nashville Hot Tofu Nuggets
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Crispy baked tofu nuggets tossed in classic veganized Nashville hot sauce!

Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: Lauren Hartmann
  • 1 Block Extra firm tofu
  • 1 C. Almond milk or other non dairy milk
  • 1 tsp. Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. Hot sauce, divided
  • 1 C. All purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Salt, divided
  • 2 C. Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 C. Vegan butter, I used Earth Balance
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Agave syrup
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
  1. First, you need to press the tofu. You can either use a tofu press, or place the tofu on a plate, and put something heavy on top. Press for at least 30 minutes, but the longer the better, and you can even do it over night. 

  2. Once you are ready to make the tofu nuggets, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 

  3. Now, cut the block of tofu into cubes. Set aside. 

  4. Then take 3 medium/smallish mixing bowls. In the first bowl, whisk together the almond milk, apple cider vinegar and the 1 tsp. of hot sauce. In the second bowl, whisk together the flour and the 1 tsp. of salt. In the third bowl, add the panko. 

  5. Now, taking a few cubes of tofu at a time, toss them in the flour, shake off excess, now put them into the almond milk mixture, make sure they are totally soaked, then back into the flour then back into the almond milk, then into the panko coating completely. Pat the panko on to the tofu to make sure it is fully coated. 

  6. Repeat with all the tofu cubes, placing them on a baking sheet sprayed with non stick spray, until all the tofu is coated. Then bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes flipping them halfway through baking, or until they are brown and crunchy. 

  7. While the tofu is baking, make the sauce. In a small sauce pan, melt the vegan butter and olive oil together on medium low. Then whisk in the 2 Tbsp. of hot sauce, agave, paprika, garlic powder, and the 1/2 tsp. of salt. Let simmer for a minute, then turn the heat off. 

  8. Once the tofu is done, toss the nuggets in the sauce and serve immediately!



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  • Reply
    August 5, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    I love to make tofu nuggets!
    I always fry my crispy tofu with rice flour because I don’t have oven.
    Great recipe!

  • Reply
    August 6, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Curious which hot sauce you used? These looks fantastic!

    • Reply
      Lauren Hartmann
      August 7, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      I used Frank’s. It is my favorite!

  • Reply
    August 7, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks so much!! Can’t wait to try this dish!

  • Reply
    Leilany Ojeda
    August 8, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Is there any way I can sub the agave for something else? Idk how it would turn out with maple syrup, lol…

    • Reply
      Lauren Hartmann
      August 9, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      You can use brown sugar, or I think maple syrup would taste great!

  • Reply
    Janis Morse
    August 11, 2018 at 1:56 am

    I am making some now, have been wanting to try them
    and they smell amazing, can’t wait to try them

  • Reply
    August 17, 2018 at 10:23 am

    oh yum! these look amazing!

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    Kassadi Gabriel
    October 2, 2018 at 12:33 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever commented on a blog post, but seriously I couldn’t not. Just made these and they are SO GOOD. I don’t even know how but they are amazing. My husband (a meat eater) absolutely loved them too!! Keep up the good work! <3

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    Kristi Perry
    October 28, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you!!! Just made these for Sunday football, absolutely wonderful, will make again and again. fabulous recipe! Vegans win today!

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