Crispy, full of flavor and a fun meal to eat, you will not miss the fish in this Vegetarian Tofu Tacos with Mango Salsa.
Coating the tofu with panko bread crumbs then pan frying them in oil yields a crunchy exterior and a tender interior. Layer the tofu with Mango Salsa and Purple Cabbage and Carrot Slaw which can be prepared in advance.
Serving size: 4 (2-3 tacos per person)
Pan Fried Tofu
- 1 package firm or extra firm tofu
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 1 egg
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Vegetable oil
- Flour or corn tortilla
Purple Cabbage and Carrot Slaw
- 2 cups of finely shredded purple or red cabbage
- 1 cup of shredded carrots
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
Prepare the Mango Salsa. This can be prepared the day before.
Prepare the Purple Cabbage and Carrot Slaw by whisking together the lime juice, vegetable oil, salt and sugar. Toss in the cabbage and shredded carrots. Set aside.
Place the tofu in a sieve and pour boiling hot water over it. This will help draw out moisture. Dry out tofu by placing them in between paper towels and sandwiched in between two plates. Weigh the plate down with a 28 ounce can or something of similar weight for at least 15 minutes.
In a shallow dish, combine the panko bread crumbs with cayenne pepper. Place the corn starch and lightly beaten egg, each in its own separate shallow dish.
After the moisture is drawn out of the tofu, cut the tofu into 4 x 1 inch pieces then season with salt and pepper.
Coat the tofu with the corn starch, then dip it in the egg and then coat it with the panko bread crumbs.
Over medium high heat, heat enough vegetable oil to coat a non-stick frying pan. Test the oil temperature by dropping in a piece of the panko bread crumbs. The oil should bubble around the bread crumbs and start turning it brown. If the oil smokes, the pan is too hot.
Fry the tofu until golden brown on each side. Drain on a paper towel.
Warm the tortilla in a hot pan for a couple minutes on each side until warm. Assemble the taco by placing some slaw in the middle of the tortilla. Next add a couple pieces of the tofu and top with the Mango Salsa. Serve with a couple extra slices of lime, hot sauce and a side of my Sweet Potato, Bean and Corn Hash.