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Tofu Frites

Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Karen Shinto
Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 4
The secret to this finger snack is the Asian dipping sauce. We like Thai-style sweet chili sauce, but you could use another style, or stir up your own mixture of ketchup, soy sauce, and spices.


  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 package (15.5 oz.) extra-firm tofu
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Thai or other Asian sweet chili sauce

Nutrition Information

  • calories 229
  • caloriesfromfat 75 %
  • protein 11 g
  • fat 20 g
  • satfat 2.3 g
  • carbohydrate 3.4 g
  • fiber 1.6 g
  • sodium 246 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Pour oil into a large saucepan to a depth of 1 in. and heat to 350°. Cut tofu into sticks about 1/2 in. wide and 3 to 4 in. long; pat dry with a towel.

  2. Mix together salt, pepper, and cayenne in a small bowl; set aside.

  3. Drop tofu sticks into hot oil, working in batches, making sure they don't touch. Use a slotted spoon to gently turn tofu over occasionally; cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.

  4. Sprinkle with seasoning mix and parsley, and serve with chili sauce.