This vegetarian spin on chicken nuggets is the recipe you didn’t know you needed. These panko crusted tofu nuggets are crispy on the outside and soft in the center. Topped with a sauce made from honey, lemon and fresh cracked black pepper. Needless to say, you’re in for a real treat.

For an extra punch of flavor, I topped these nuggets with flaky sea salt. McDonalds can’t hold a candle to these Healthyish panko crusted tofu nuggets!

Panko Crusted Tofu Nuggets with Honey Lemon Sauce
What makes it Healthyish?

Tofu is packed with protein and is a great plant based substitute for meat. It’s easy to work with and will take on the flavors of whatever you are cooking it with.

Additionally, I topped these tofu nuggets with an all natural honey sauce that is melt in your mouth delicious. Honey is known for its powerful antioxidants that research suggests can reduce your risk of heart disease.

If you are not a fan of honey, you can dip these tofu nuggets into some more traditional sauces too. Ketchup, bbq sauce, and spicy mayo would all taste amazing.

Looking for more tofu recipes? Try my crispy tofu cutlets or my pretzel crusted tofu with spicy honey mustard.

Panko Crusted Tofu Nuggets with Honey Lemon Sauce

Panko Crusted Tofu Nuggets with Honey Lemon Sauce

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Tofu nuggets

  • 1 package of super firm tofu
  • ½ cup avocado oil , for frying

Breading station:

  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Honey Lemon Sauce

  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • healthy pinch of cracked black pepper


  • skillet
  • mixing bowl
  • 3 plates


Prepare the tofu:

  • Drain the tofu and press out all of the moisture using paper towel or a clean kitchen towel. Cut into 9 evenly sized cubes. Set aside.

Set up the breading station:

  • Grab three plates. On the first plate you’ll add your cornstarch, table salt and a healthy pinch of cracked black pepper.
    On the second plate you’ll add the whisked egg.
  • On the third plate, you’ll combine the panko breadcrumbs, cayenne, garlic powder, and onion powder. Set aside.

Bread the tofu nuggets:

  • Dredge the tofu through the cornstarch, making sure to evenly coat all sides, then through the egg wash, and finally through the panko breadcrumb mixture.
    Repeat until all tofu nuggets are breaded.

Pan fry the nuggets:

  • Over medium heat, add your avocado oil to a medium sized skillet.
    Let the avocado oil get hot before adding the nuggets. If the oil isn't hot enough when you add the nuggets, they will soak up the oil and have a heavy dense texture vs. a light crispy texture.
    Pan fry all of your nuggets on every side until they are fully cooked and golden brown.
  • Place cooked nuggets on a paper towel to soak off any excess oil.
    Sprinkle with flaky sea salt while they are still warm.
  • Prepare the honey lemon sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lemon juice, and cracked black pepper.
    Drizzle over your nuggets and enjoy!
Panko Crusted Tofu Nuggets with Honey Lemon Sauce