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Tofu Katsu - Breaded Tofu

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!
Course Basics, Main Course
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 slices
Calories 127kcal
Author Elephantastic Vegan


  • 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: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg