These Vegan Tofu Fish Tacos are super crispy, full of flavour and packed with veggies! They make the perfect quick yet filling plant-based dinner.
How to make these Vegan Tofu Fish Tacos
These tacos start off in a similar way to my Tofu Fajitas - by marinating the tofu in a kaleidoscopic mixture of spices:
- warming cumin
- smoky paprika
- earthy oregano
- fiery cayenne
- aromatic lime
Tip: You should then leave the tofu to marinate for at least 10 minutes, but you can cover it and leave it in the fridge for up to a day.
You can just fry the tofu by itself, but to really take it to the next level, I definitely recommend coating the tofu in cornflour (cornstarch).
Coating it in cornflour not only means it's naturally gluten-free, but also makes it much crispier than when using normal flour. Instead of deep-frying or shallow-frying (which still requires quite a bit of oil), this tofu can be pan-fried in just a small amount of oil.
This means you’ll still get an irresistibly golden brown, crispy exterior and a tender, juicy interior, but it's still relatively healthy and won't leave you feeling terrible afterwards!
Once the tofu's done, all that's left to do is load up your tortillas with whatever you like - I recommend:
- mango salsa
- vegan mayonnaise (or garlic herb dip)!
More vegan Mexican recipes:
- Stretchy Melty Cheese Nachos
- Mexican Tofu Scramble
- Vegan White Bean Queso
- Tofu Fajitas
- Stretchy Melty Cheese Quesadillas
- Easy Cheat Horchata
- Mushroom Tacos
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Vegan Tofu Fish Tacos (GF)
For the tofu:
- Juice of ½ lime
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Pinch cayenne chilli pepper to taste
- Salt + pepper to taste
- 400 g (14 oz) firm tofu
- 6 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable or rapeseed oil
To serve (suggestions):
- Small tortillas (gluten-free if necessary)
- Lettuce, shredded
- Mango salsa
- Vegan mayonnaise *
For the tofu:
- Place the lime juice, cumin, paprika, oregano, cayenne and salt + pepper in a large bowl and mix well
- Drain and rinse the tofu, then pat dry with a paper towel
- Cut into small rectangular cubes
- Add to the bowl with the seasonings and mix well, ensuring every piece is evenly covered
- Leave to marinate for at least 10 minutes, or cover and keep in the fridge for up to 24 hours
- Place the cornflour in a large bowl, take a cube of tofu, coat it in the flour and place on a plate
- Repeat for the rest of the tofu, adding extra cornflour if necessary
- Heat up the oil in a frying pan until hot
- Once the oil is hot, keep it on a medium heat and add the cornflour-coated tofu
- Fry for a few minutes on each side, turning over halfway through (it's easiest to do this using chopsticks). Cook it until it’s crispy and lightly browned, but be careful not to overcook, otherwise it’ll become tough
- Transfer the cooked tofu onto a plate lined with kitchen paper (to drain away the excess oil)
- Keeps well covered in the fridge for up to a couple of days - reheat in a dry frying pan (store the filling and tortillas separately)
- Serve the tofu with tortillas stuffed with desired ingredients and drizzle over vegan mayonnaise, if desired
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These look amazing and love that the crispy tofu is healthy!
Thank you so much!
Hi, I need help now. I decided to make this today but didn't read the directions correctly. So, I added the 6 tablespoons of cornflour (I used arrowroot) and 3 tablespoons of oil to the spice mixture and marinated the tofu in it. My question is: Should I just try frying it without adding extra oil or more coating or use more oil or can I bake it and at what degrees
I guess it's not going to be my skipped lunch but my early dinner, ha, ha.
Just sent you an email because it seems time pressured!
I made these and they were excellent. I put them in tacos with shredded radish, cabbage, beans, cilantro, green onion, and chipotle mayo for a very satisfying fake fish taco dinner. Thank you for the great recipe!
Thank you so much, so happy to hear you liked them!