How to Deep-Fry Tofu

How to Deep-Fry Tofu

Learn how to make perfectly fried tofu! Chewy on the outside, juicy on the inside, this tofu is perfect to add to stir-fries, soups, salads, sandwiches, and more!


  • 4 blocks (around 4 ounces per block) of firm tofu
  • 2 cups neutral oil


  1. Rinse the tofu under cold water. Wrap it in a clean kitchen towel, or paper towel, and pat it dry. Slightly press using your hands to remove excess water.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium-size saucepan, I recommend using a deep one so the oil doesn’t spit out. Check if the oil is hot enough by dipping a wooden chopstick or spatula in the oil. If the oil bubbles around it, it is ready for frying.
  3. Carefully transfer one block of tofu in the oil and fry for about 3 minutes, or until the tofu is golden. Flip it once halfway through frying.
  4. Next, using a slotted spoon, transfer the tofu to a plate lined with kitchen paper towel to remove excess oil.
  5. Repeat with the remaining tofu, frying one at a time.
  6. Fried tofu will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Use in stir-fries, soups, wraps, salads, etc!