Plant Based Tofu Parmesan

Some nights you just need a cozy homemade dinner. And this plant-based tofu parmesan tastes so good you’ll never know it’s dairy and meat free! It has a perfectly crispy outside, soft center and is loaded with delicious red sauce and parmesan cheese. Serve with a side or pasta or just have it on its own. Either way, this recipe is so satisfying! 

Plant-Based Tofu Parmesan – Healthyish Foods

This recipe is so tasty that even Dan cleaned his plate. He had NO idea it was made from tofu! I served mine with a side of spaghetti and garlic toast and I honestly felt like I was in a small Italian restaurant. It was perfect! 

What makes it Healthyish?

Tofu is derived from soy and is a great source of protein and calcium for vegans and vegetarians. Tofu contains 9 essential amino acids and is a great source for magnesium, B1, and iron! (1)

Plant-Based Tofu Parmesan – Healthyish Foods
Plant-Based Tofu Parmesan – Healthyish Foods
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5 from 1 vote

Plant-Based Tofu Parmesan

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: plant based, Tofu, Vegan
Servings: 2 people


  • 3 plates
  • sauce pot
  • baking dish
  • skillet


  • 1 block of super firm tofu
  • 2-3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3-4 tablespoons JUST liquid egg plant-based egg product
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • Jarred red sauce
  • Grated parmesan cheese violife vegan
  • fresh Italian parsley chopped small
  • red pepper flakes pinch for some heat
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup vegetable oil – or canola oil for frying


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small sauce pan heat your favorite store-bought or homemade red sauce. Just make sure you choose a vegan brand.
  • Drain the liquid from your tofu and press out all of the moisture using paper towel, or a kitchen towel.
  • Next, you’ll slice the tofu into 4 evenly sized rectangles.
  • In a small bowl, combine the nutritional yeast, panko breadcrumbs, and Italian breadcrumbs and mix well.
  • Grab 3 plates and add cornstarch to one plate, add the JUST liquid egg product to the second plate, and then add the breadcrumb mixture to the third plate.
  • Dust the tofu with some salt and pepper.
  • Dredge the tofu through the cornstarch making sure it's evenly covered. Next, you’ll dredge it through the liquid egg product, and finally through the breadcrumbs making sure it’s well coated. Repeat this process for all 4 tofu rectangles.
  • Next, you’ll grab a medium sized skillet and add the vegetable oil. Make sure the oil gets nice and hot. If the oil isn’t hot enough the breading will get soggy. You can test it by dropping a small piece of breading into the oil. If the breading begins to sizzle and cook, the oil is ready. If it sinks to the bottom of the pan, the oil is not hot enough yet.
  • I like to cook two pieces at a time. You do not want to overcrowd your pan. Overcrowding the pan with tofu with cause the oil temperature to drop, and the tofu will get soggy.
  • Cook the tofu until it’s golden brown on all sides. Remove the tofu from skillet and place it on a paper towel to soak off any excess oil.
  • Grab a small 8×8 baking dish and line it with cooking spray.
  • Add in a few ladles of the red sauce.
  • Place the tofu ontop of the sauce.
  • Top with your grated violife parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes if you like some spice.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Finish with fresh chopped parsley and serve & 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 Tofu Parmesan”

  1. 5 stars
    This was such a delicious dish! The breaded coating really added a lot to the taste of the tofu. I’m new to cooking with tofu and have tried another one of Sarah’s delicious tofu based dishes (buffalo chicken strips). This site is definitely a “go-to” for me as I continue to experiment with plant based foods.

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