Buffalo Style Roasted Tofu

Buffalo Style Roasted Tofu

For this Super Bowl of weekends, I decided to make the snack of sports bars and fans everywhere – Buffalo Wings. But instead of wings, it’s roasted tofu cubes.

It’s amazingly simple and easy. I used the method for roasting tofu from Vegan Soul Kitchen then tossed in Buffalo hot sauce. That’s it.

So good and rich-tasting. It’s now my snack of choice for all sporting events. Bring on the Winter Olympics.

Buffalo Style Roasted Tofu

Buffalo Style Roasted Tofu
Serves 4

1 16-ounce block of extra-firm tofu
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika

Buffalo Sauce
1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Original Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce
1/8 cup Earth Balance Soy-Free Butter

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. In a bowl, combine the oil, salt and paprika. Cut the tofu into cubes and gently toss to coat with the mixture. Place each tofu cube in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Roast for 15 minutes on each side.

In a wok, melt the butter. Turn off the heat and add the hot sauce. Stir to combine. Add the freshly roasted tofu and toss until throughly coated. Serve immediately with celery sticks and ranch dressing.

Ranch Dressing
Makes a little over 1/3 cup

1/4 cup soy milk
1/4 cup Vegenaise or other vegan mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon granulated onion powder
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon fresh parsley, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Chill until ready to use.

36 Comments so far

  1. Lisa (ShowMeVegan) on February 7th, 2010

    mmm…those look so decadent! I’m taking spicy peanut sauce noodles to a friend’s for the game. A dish that travels well.

  2. jessy on February 7th, 2010

    these look awesome! i love the idea of making buffalo style roasted tofu cubes! thanks for the great recipe, i loooooove me some frank’s hot sauce – and a recipe for vegan ranch, too?! doublew00t! yay!

  3. The Ordinary Vegetarian on February 8th, 2010

    I love the simplicity of this recipe, and all ingredients I always have on hand. I’ll be whipping up a batch next time I have a craving. I’ve never had vegan ranch before so I’ll be looking forward to this as well!

  4. Rebecca Stahr on February 8th, 2010

    wow…this looks great. Can’t wait to try these.

  5. Sagan on February 8th, 2010

    That recipe looks EASY! I like :D

    I wonder how that would taste in a pita, too? Bet it would be yummy.

  6. Lisa on February 8th, 2010

    I’m so impressed! I just made these and they are easy and so, so tasty! My partner and I really like spicy foods, so I omitted the ranch dressing for the sake of ease. They’re even perfect without the dressing! Such a great treat – we’ll be making these often.

  7. Jessica on February 8th, 2010

    Another great variation on those roasted tofu cubes! I’m still toying with those, too. The last incarnation was chipotle chile powder and smoked salt, but the powder was hotter than I expected– I think a more “buffalo-ey” hotness is a better idea! I will definitely try this sometime soon.

  8. in2insight on February 14th, 2010

    These were awesome! Made the whole thing, including the ranch dressing.
    Yummy.

  9. Hannah on February 14th, 2010

    Y’know, I’ve never had buffalo-anything, but these look so good (and easy), I don’t think it even matters. I have everything on hand, too! I think I just figured out dinner.

  10. crystal on February 15th, 2010

    Very sure, this is going to be very tasty and awesome :)

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  13. kristend on July 4th, 2011

    Made this twice now, soooooooooo good!

  14. Pete on January 11th, 2012

    Tried this for dinner! So good!! Had it over rice. Would be great in a burrito!

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  16. Cheryl Lotfy on January 19th, 2012

    Did you drain the tofu before roasting it? Also you say 15 minutes on each side…is that just flipping it twice?

  17. chow on January 20th, 2012

    Cheryl Lotfy – Yes, drain the tofu but you don’t have to press it. Actually, it’s flipping it just once – 15 minutes on one side, turn over for another 15 minutes for a total of 30 minutes. Happy cooking! :-)

  18. Michele on February 5th, 2012

    Just made these. So easy. Simple ingredients I always have in the house. I love buffalo sauce and it is great to know I have a great dish without it having to be on a wing!

  19. Lana on February 22nd, 2012

    Wow. I didn’t use the same tofu recipe because I made mine breaded with panko, nutritional yeast, and spices and then tossed in Frank’s. But I DID make this ranch to go along. I am absolutely amazed, it adds EXACTLY what the dish needs to go over the top. Frank’s plus that fantastic ranch could go with anything. I bow down to your expertise!

  20. Susan on July 9th, 2012

    I JUST finished making this recipe and it’s absolutely amazing!! I will definitely make this again :]

  21. Stephanie on September 27th, 2012

    I have been craving wings lately, but don’t eat meat. I suddenly thought “hmmm Buffalo tofu!”. Looked it up and came across your recipe which looked perfect and very, very easy. Did we like it? Well, let’s just say I’m on my second DOUBLE batch in two days! My 22 year old daughter, her boyfriend, my husband and I are all addicted! These are truly fantastic!!
    Thank you for sharing….I actually believe these are better than ‘real’ wings!! :)

  22. Karina on December 16th, 2012

    I made this last night and it was FANTASTIC! I couldn’t find a 16oz package of tofu so I used a 12oz and just used a lil less butter and hot sauce. I tossed it with brown rice, my picky eater husband, went back for seconds. This will be a staple in my home now.

  23. Noah on December 17th, 2012

    Came across these the other day and made them almost immediately. They turned out really well! I used a bit more paprika, and mixed the Red Hot with olive oil instead of melted butter. Also my wife tossed some bonus cayenne into the sauce. It was great and I look forward to making them again!

  24. Florista Foodie on January 11th, 2013

    I’ve been researching vegan substitutions for my recipe blog- this one’s great! I used tobasco though, because I don’t think Franks, delicious as it is, is vegan. :/ At least I know that Franks Redhot Wing Sauce is definitely not.

  25. Kelli on January 14th, 2013

    Very good. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Paulette on March 21st, 2013

    I have made this often. Love it to death! I have sometimes added liquid smoke to tofu before roasting it. I have also chopped a little red onion and celery to make a sandwich mix for my pita. I am a flexigarian, but finding veganism quite satisfying.

  28. Jill on March 27th, 2013

    These look delicious, it’s fantastic to come across different and tasty tofu recipes :)

  29. Trish on August 22nd, 2013

    How much total time do they cook? Cubes have 6 sides, do they roast for 90 minutes? (15×6?)

  30. chow on August 26th, 2013

    Trish – It’s 15 minutes on one side, flip it over for another 15 minutes for a total of 30 minutes.

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  33. Becky on August 28th, 2014

    I loved this recipe. So simple to make and I had the ingredients on hand. I’ve never baked tofu before and will only make it this way in the future! Perfect quick dinner.

  34. dc pat on September 17th, 2014

    really. Try freezing the tofu first. I can’t believe nobody does this. It’s different, yeah but it soaks marinades right up and changes the texture of the tofu. Still need extra firm but it’ll change the way you cook.

  35. Bill Withers on December 15th, 2014

    This is a delicious recipe!!

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