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Move over coconut shrimp – this vegan dish is bursting with flavor and texture. The crispy coconut coating on the tofu provides a satisfying crunch, while the sweet and tangy mango salsa adds a refreshing contrast. But that’s not all – this easy coconut tofu recipe is also packed with nutrients. Tofu is an excellent source of protein, iron, and calcium, making it an essential ingredient in any vegan or vegetarian diet. And let’s not forget about the health benefits of mangos – they’re full of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Additionally, the crispy tofu and mango salsa are paired with rice and a delicious bed of massaged kale – one of the most nutrient-dense foods on earth! To top it all off, we make my nearly-famous and fan favorite peanut sauce for a delicious drizzle that can’t be missed.
“How do you get the crispiest tofu?” is a question I get a LOT! And let me tell you, there are a lot of techniques out there, but first and foremost, always start with extra firm or preferably high protein super firm tofu. You will find this type of tofu has a lower water content so your tofu will be way crispier than the firm or soft varieties, and it is much higher in protein.
Making this dish is easier than you might think. First of all, the high protein super firm tofu allows you to skip the pressing all together and results in an incredibly firm and meaty texture that is oh-so-crispy! You can also serve the the crispy coconut tofu as coconut tofu bites with vegan sweet chili sauce for the perfect plant-based appetizer!
Serve up your coconut crusted tofu with mango salsa alongside rice and massaged kale for a complete meal that will transport your taste buds straight to paradise (no flights required, but piña colada recommended). To make this recipe, you will need:
So go ahead – give this delicious and nutritious gluten-free vegan dish a try! Your body (and your taste buds) will thank you.
Additionally, if you loved this coconut-crusted tofu and are looking for more healthy and delicious tofu recipes and additional tofu tips with various cooking methods, check out my:
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