How to Make Southern Country Fried Tofu

country fried tofu in a dish

It's the season of outdoor eating and pulling out the platter of Southern Country Fried Tofu is always the sign that the feast is on! Pair this up with your favorite BBQ or dipping sauce and you've got the start to a great plate. I like to serve this with some potato salad, Basil and Corn Fritters and Sparkling Summertime Sake Punch.

The Best Way to Get That Fried Chicken Crust

As we all know, the secret to great fried chicken is all about the crust. When trying to eat less meat, things like this recipe are a great starting point because it satisfies that craving for familiar foods. Here's a few tricks for making this crust the absolute best that it can be:

  • A combination of flour and cornstarch gives the perfect amount of crispiness that holds to the tofu brilliantly.
  • Strong combination of dried herbs and seasoning, because you want that crust to pack a punch and be flavorful. There's a lot of spices, but you can make this flour in a big batch ahead of time and just keep it in an airtight jar in your pantry so you can have it at the ready.
  • Triple battering between the hot sauce buttermilk and the seasoned flour. This will give your batter the "ruffles" that make for all those addicting crispy bits.
  • Using a cast iron skillet to fry in. I swear by cast iron for all my frying because it holds the heat evenly and well and the oil comes back to temperature quickly and evenly.

The Best Tofu for Frying

When shopping for tofu for this recipe, you want to pick the most firm one you can find. I prefer the dry packed tofu that is packed without water. If the only kind you can find is the kind packaged in water, that is fine, you will just need a tofu press to remove all of the excess water. Always choose Extra Firm.

High Protein Tofu is often
Dry Packed
House Foods is a National Brand with Dry Packed Choices
This is the tofu most people are familiar with. Totally fine, just needs to be pressed

Southern Country Fried Tofu....or Anything!

Don't stop with tofu. Because this spiced flour recipe is so universal, I use it for tons of things. Try it on these vegetable favorites and see what you think. All of a sudden, you've got delicious sides and dishes that make you feel limitless in your options.

  • Country Fried Mushrooms
  • Country Fried Zucchini Sticks
  • Country Fried Tomatoes
  • Country Fried Hearts of Palm
  • Country Fried Artichokes


country fried tofu in a dish

How to Make Southern Country Fried Tofu

It's the season of outdoor eating and pulling out the platter of Southern Country Fried Tofu is always the sign that the feast is on!
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Recipes- Quick and Easy
Cuisine American
Servings 4 serves 4
Calories 476 kcal


To Make The Buttermilk

  • 3 cups Oat Milk or other unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • ½ cup Crystal Hot Sauce or hot sauce of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

To Make the Country Fry Flour

  • 2 cups AP Flour
  • cup Cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Dry Oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 2 teaspoon Dry Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Thyme
  • ½ teaspoon Dry Dill
  • 2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Celery Seed
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking Powder

For the Tofu

  • 16 oz Dry Packed Tofu or water packed tofu that's been pressed
  • Vegetable Oil for Frying


  • Combine the ingredients for the buttermilk in a bowl and set aside.  The milk will slightly curdle, that's ok, this is what gives it that buttermilk flavor.
  • Combine all of the flour and spice ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.
  • Take your tofu and cut it in 3 equal slices horizontally (making 3 pieces that are ⅓ as thin as the original).
  • Break apart the tofu by hand in natural shapes that are a little bit long or triangular.  The rough shape will make the finished product look more natural.
  • Before breading, fill a cast iron skillet halfway with vegetable oil and turn on medium heat.
  • One at a time, dredge each piece of tofu in the flour (dusting off after each time), then the buttermilk, then back in the flour and buttermilk.  Repeat 3 times.  
  • Continue dredging until all of your tofu is coated.
  • Turn down the oil slightly to medium-low.  To check it, carefully drop just 1 drop of water into the oil (keeping your distance).  It should start crackling right away.  The oil should not be smoking.  
  • Fry each piece for 2 minutes before turning over and frying an additional minute.
  • Remove and drain on paper towels
  • Serve immediately.


If using a thermometer, the oil should be at 350f.


Calories: 476kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 22gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 1568mgPotassium: 711mgFiber: 3gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 559IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 338mgIron: 6mg
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