Lemon Pepper Tofu Bites

With a tangy and spicy kick, these super crunchy tofu bites are perfect as party food, for dipping or simply nibbling on. We baked them in the oven until crispy for a no-guilt recipe.

Vegan Lemon Pepper Tofu Bites


Nutrition per serving
Net Carbs15.5 g5.6%
of which Sugars2.3 g2.5%
Fibers1.7 g6.2%
Fats2.8 g4.3%
of which Saturates0.5 g2.7%
of which Omega 30.1 g10.3%
Proteins6.8 g14.7%
Calcium129 mg12.9%
Vitamin A0 mcg0%
Vitamin C12 mg16%
Iron1.9 mg13.2%
Potassium140 mg4%
Sodium71 mg3.1%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Kcal114 5.7%
Macro split
  • net carbs 58%
  • sugars 9%
  • fats 10%
  • saturates 2%
  • proteins 25%
  • fibers 6%
*RDA based on a 2000 kcal diet;
**Nutritional data sources: USDA, food labels.
114 per serving

Do you know those tasty salt, lemon and pepper squid bites you get at the Chinese restaurant? Let's do that but vegan! With this recipe, we'll make crispy lemon and pepper tofu bites. They are oven-baked, so you can enjoy the crunch without the guilt.

As you know, tofu is not very flavourful. Some folks make fun of this. We think it's the biggest gift nature has given vegans. Tofu can take on the flavour of anything else around it, and that's what makes it such a powerful and versatile ingredient. Today, we'll infuse it with the zesty and lively flavours of pepper and lemon, then coat it with a panko breadcrumbs crust, and bake it crispy.

These tiny bites will make an excellent snack or appetizer. You can cook a big batch and then re-heat any excess in the oven before serving.

As for serving, you can keep it simple and light by sprinkling the bites with fresh lemon juice. Or go big on that favourite dipping sauce of yours! If you have never tried it before, you could try our healthy vegan tartar sauce. You can also have these lemon pepper bites with your favourite salad, or a bowl of curry rice.

The recipe itself is simple and quick. It will take less than 10 minutes of work, 20 minutes of marination time, and then 15 minutes of baking.

We used a full block of firm tofu and made around 60 bites. If we consider a portion to consist of 8 pieces, a serving will provide you with 125 calories, only 5% RDI of fats, and a tasty 18% RDI of proteins.


Measuring System
Water60 mL
Flour50 g
Panko Breadcrumbs80 g
Garlic Powder1/2 tsp
Black Pepper1/2 tsp
Salt1 pinch
Maple Syrup1/2 tbsp
Firm Tofu400 g

Step 1

Let's start with the lemon marinade.

Squeeze the lemons, and then add the juice to a bowl along with black pepper, salt, and maple syrup.

Lemon pepper tofu marinade

Step 2

Rinse and drain the tofu block, and then squeeze it to remove excess water being careful not to crumble it.

Next, dice it into bite-sized cubes, add them to the lemon mix, and leave them to marinate for 20 minutes.

We recommend using a shallow bowl to ensure the tofu bites are floating in the marinade. Also, turn them a few times to coat them evenly.

diced tofu marinated in lemon and pepper marinade

Step 3

In the meantime, let's prepare the coating ingredients.

Whisk the flour with water in a bowl until you have a smooth and runny batter.

In another bowl, combine panko breadcrumbs with garlic powder and season them with salt to taste.

tofu coating batter and breadcrumbs

Step 4

First, dip each lemon marinated tofu bite into the batter and then roll it in the breadcrumbs until it's evenly coated.

Repeat this step until you have coated all the tofu cubes.

lemon marinated tofu coated with batter and panko breadcrumbs

Step 5

Finally, bake the crusted tofu bites for 20 minutes at 220°C (425°F) for static ovens or at 200°C (390°F) for fan ovens.

Drizzle the crispy pepper tofu cubes with lemon juice and serve.

oven-baked lemon pepper tofu bites


If you are allergic to soy, you can replace tofu with seitan.