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Tofu Katsu (Breaded Tofu)

Tofu Katsu is Japanese-style breaded tofu in panko flakes – it’s perfect to eat with rice, noodles, and veggies. This is a vegan version – you don’t need eggs to get the breading to stick!

Tofu Katsu - Breaded Tofu

Katsu in Japanese means ‘cutlet’. Usually, a cutlet of meat or seafood is used, but of course, we are making a vegan version and we’re using tofu!

The cutlet is breaded in Japanese panko breadcrumbs (I am actually using a combination of panko, fine breadcrumbs, and flour because this gives a really nice texture and makes sure that the cutlets are coated well. I am also adding black and white sesame seeds for flavor and looks.

After breading the tofu slices, I pan-fry them. You could also bake them but the breading will get a prettier golden color when it comes into contact with oil.

Tofu Katsu is actually really similar to the German Schnitzel, which is also a cutlet breaded in breadcrumbs. For schnitzel, I usually use seitan because it has a meatier texture.

I have been making this Tofu Katsu a lot in the last couple of weeks because it’s perfect in sushi bowls or sushi sandwiches, over peanut noodles, or with rice/noodles and veggies. It’s quick, easy, and delicious! You will love it!

How to make Tofu Katsu (Breaded Tofu)

The basic steps

tofu in egg replacement
Step 1: For the egg replacement, combine flour, water, and salt. Dip in the tofu slice.
breaded tofu
Step 2: For the breading, combine flour, breadcrumbs, panko breadcrumbs, white and black sesame seeds, and salt. Coat the tofu slice well.
tofu katsu in pan
Step 3: Pan-fry them until crispy.

How to serve the Tofu Katsu

tofu katsu in bun bao
Tofu Katsu in Bun Bao
tofu katsu with broccoli
Tofu Katsu cut in slices and served with broccoli and peanut noodles

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Tofu Katsu - Breaded Tofu

Tofu Katsu (Breaded Tofu)

Elephantastic Vegan
Tofu Katsu is Japanese-style breaded tofu in panko flakes – it’s perfect to eat with rice, noodles, and veggies. This is a vegan version – you don’t need eggs to get the breading to stick!
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Basics, Main Course
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 6 slices
Calories 127 kcal


  • 8 oz firm tofu cut into slices
  • 1 tablespoon plant-based oil e.g. canola oil

Tofu Coating (Egg replacement)

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Tofu Breading

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoon white sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Cut the tofu in slices (about 1/3 inch = 1 cm).
  • Whisk together the ingredients for the tofu coating in one bowl: flour, water, salt.
  • In another bowl combine the ingredients for the tofu breading: flour, panko breadcrumbs, fine breadcrumbs, white and black sesame seeds, and salt.
  • Bring a pan with oil to medium to high heat.
  • Dip each tofu rectangle first into the tofu coating, then into the tofu breading, then place them into the pan and pan-fry them for 4-5 minutes on each side until crispy and golden.


Calories: 127kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 377mgPotassium: 34mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1IUCalcium: 80mgIron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating

Camille Coad

Sunday 9th of January 2022

I make this recipe often. It’s easy and super delicious!


Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

Do you need to press the tofu?


Tuesday 6th of July 2021

I don't but it really depends on the tofu. Some tofu kinds are more porous and hold more water than others, so it's really up to you and how you like it.


Monday 21st of June 2021

Can I use blacksalt in place of sesame seeds. Or can you recommend something. Thank you


Tuesday 6th of July 2021

you can use black salt instead of regular salt. If you don't want to add sesame seeds, you can just omit them.