Plant-Based Buffalo Tofu Tenders

Spicy, crispy and beyond delicious, these plant-based buffalo tofu tenders are the perfect appetizer for any gathering. Serve them with a side of vegan ranch and fresh sliced celery for the ultimate flavor bomb!

Plant Based Buffalo Tofu Tenders – Healthyish Foods

These buffalo tofu tenders are so good, you’ll hardly know they’re vegan. Oven baked to perfection, this recipe is a healthier version of traditional deep-fried chicken. Perfect for game-day or as an appetizer at your next house party!

If the sauce is too spicy, add some more vegan butter to help cut the heat. Crispy, light and loaded with spicy sauce, what more can you ask for in a plant-based buffalo tofu tender?

Plant Based Buffalo Tofu Tenders – Healthyish Foods
Plant Based Buffalo Tofu Tenders – Healthyish Foods
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5 from 1 vote

Plant Based Buffalo Tofu Tenders

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo tofu tenders
Servings: 4 people


  • baking tray
  • sauce pot
  • mixing bowl


Spicy Buffalo Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons butter I used earth balance
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce I used Frank's red hot
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Tofu Tenders

  • 1 package super firm tofu
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute JUST egg
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray a baking tray with cooking spray and set it aside.
  • Open the super firm tofu and press out all of the moisture using a paper towel or kitchen towel.
  • Cut the tofu into 8 evenly sized rectangles.
  • Prepare the breading station.
  • Grab 3 plates. Add the cornstarch to one plate and the egg substitute to the second plate. On the third plate you’ll prepare the breading.
  • Combine the panko, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and paprika on the third plate.
  • Coat the tofu pieces with the cornstarch, then the egg wash.
  • Next, you’ll dredge the tofu through the panko mixture. Making sure all sides are well coated.
  • Place the tofu on the baking tray. Repeat until all 8 pieces are breaded.
  • Spray the tofu pieces with more cooking spray to help them get crispy on top.
  • Bake for 40 minutes. Turn the tofu every 10 minutes.
  • Broil for the final 2- 3 minutes to give them an extra crispy crust.

Prepare the buffalo sauce:

  • Grab a saucepan and place it over medium heat. Add the vegan butter, red hot sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  • Once the tofu tenders are fully cooked, add them to a mixing bowl and pour the buffalo sauce on top.
  • Using a spoon gently toss the tenders to make sure they are well coated in the buffalo sauce.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!
Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh

Author: Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh

Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh is a recipe developer and creator of the brand, Healthyish Foods®. Sarah makes plant-based, fish and chicken recipes that are simple and delicious. Her work can be seen in Healthy-ish by Bon Appetit and Bon Appetit Magazine (digital), Women’s Health Magazine (digital) and Mind Body Green. Sarah is a Pittsburgh, PA native but currently lives in Vail, Colorado with her husband, Dan and rescue dog, Graci!

1 thought on “Plant-Based Buffalo Tofu Tenders”

  1. 5 stars
    As a first-timer making tofu, I was definitely apprehensive but had an open mind, especially after seeing how good the picture for this recipe looked! Sarah’s directions were really easy to follow, and the tenders had such good flavor with just the right amount of heat! I’ll definitely be making these again and marking this recipe as a favorite!!

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