Plant-Based Pretzel Crusted Tofu with Spicy Mustard Sauce

New to a plant-based diet? Give this plant-based pretzel crusted tofu with spicy mustard sauce a try. The tofu is slightly spicy, salty and perfectly crispy on the outside. This recipe is great for people who are giving vegan recipes a try. You’ll hardly notice that this dish is completely dairy and meat free. Loaded with flavor and easy to make this recipe is perfect any night of the week too! 

Plant-Based Pretzel Crusted Tofu with Spicy Mustard Sauce – Healthyish Foods

Give meatless Monday a try with this delicious recipe. I love the crispy pretzel crust and how it tastes with the tender tofu and spicy sauce. Enjoy with a side of thick cut fries, or my simple salad recipe to keep things on the lighter side. 

Plant-Based Pretzel Crusted Tofu with Spicy Mustard Sauce – Healthyish Foods
Plant-Based Pretzel Crusted Tofu with Spicy Mustard Sauce – Healthyish Foods
Plant-Based Pretzel Crusted Tofu with Spicy Mustard Sauce – Healthyish Foods
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Plant-Based Pretzel Crusted Tofu with Spicy Mustard Sauce

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo tofu tenders, pretzel crusted tofu
Servings: 3 people

Equipment

  • baking tray
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • 1 plate

Ingredients

  • 1 cup crushed salted pretzel sticks
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise – Vegenaise
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup – make sure it’s a vegan brand
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 package tofu – super firm tofu
  • Olive oil cooking spray

Vegan Spicy Mustard Sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayo – Vegenaise
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cracked black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Drain the liquid off of your block of tofu. Make sure to press out any excess moisture using paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Removing the moisture allows the tofu to get crispy when cooking.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine the mayo, Dijon, maple syrup, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  • Crush the pretzels and add them to a plate.
  • Cut the tofu into 6 even sized slices.
  • Dredge each piece of tofu through the mayo dijo mixture and then through the pretzels. Firmly press the pretzel pieces into the tofu to ensure they stick and that each piece is well coated. Repeat for all pieces.
  • Next, you’ll place the encrusted tofu on the baking tray. Cook for a total of 20 minutes flipping halfway through.
  • While the tofu is baking prepare the spicy mustard sauce.
  • In a small bowl combine the mayo, mustard, maple syrup, pepper, paprika and salt. Stir until well combined. Set aside.
  • Remove the tofu from the oven, let it cool for a few minutes and serve warm with a side of the spicy mustard sauce.
  • 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!

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