Beer-Battered Tofu Sticks with Ranch Dressing

9 Jul

If you ask me, beer-battered anything is delicious…even beer-battered pie! Well, maybe not, but you get my point. These fun, crispy tofu sticks are tasty by themselves, but are even more tasty when paired with a creamy, buttermilk-like ranch. They can easily be made gluten-free by substituting gluten-free all-purpose flour, beer and bread crumbs, respectively, in place of the gluten ingredients mentioned below.

Beer Battered Tofu Sticks with Ranch

Beer-Battered Tofu Sticks with Ranch Dressing

Tofu Sticks:
1 (14-ounce) package extra firm tofu
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup beer (preferably ale)
1-1/2 cups panko
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 rounded teaspoon black pepper
canola oil for the pan

Ranch Dressing:
1 cup imitation mayonnaise (I use Vegenaise)
1/3 cup imitation sour cream
1/4 cup regular unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon dried chives
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Drain tofu and wrap in a towel. Press excess water out of tofu by placing a couple of plates on top of it and allowing to sit for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the ranch dressing by combining all ingredients in a bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined. Set aside.

Cut tofu into 3/4-inch wide sticks. Pat dry. In a small mixing bowl, mix together flour and beer until smooth. In a separate bowl, mix together panko, salt, paprika and pepper.

Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Dip each tofu stick into the wet mixture, then the dry mixture, turning to coat all sides. Carefully place into preheated pan and fry until golden brown on all sides. Add additional oil if needed. Using a slotted spatula, remove the tofu sticks and place on a couple of paper towels to remove excess oil. Repeat until all tofu sticks have been prepared. Serve with ranch dressing.

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22 Responses to “Beer-Battered Tofu Sticks with Ranch Dressing”

  1. Brenda July 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    These are so good that even my tofu-hating significant other loves them!

    • megmeister July 21, 2011 at 7:23 am #

      Wow, that’s awesome, Brenda!!! ;)

  2. erinwyso July 21, 2011 at 5:08 am #

    I love this! Looks amazing. I bet the ranch dressing would go well too on salads, as a dipping sauce, etc. etc. — thanks for sharing!

    • megmeister July 21, 2011 at 7:24 am #

      Thank you, erinwyso! And yes, the ranch dressing is amazing on salad and as a dipping sauce for veggies, etc. Even in wraps. Enjoy!

  3. Nasiha Nigam September 8, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    Very good blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
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  4. Blue Cookie Collars November 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    These look SO good! I have been looking for good tofu recipes! i will def try this! Thanks for sharing!

  5. shannon April 15, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    This was also amazing. Very filling but couldn’t get enough of it. The ranch dressing was better than store bought. We made double and I was searching the house to use it with. Ive been vegan since December 12 2012 and you have the best recipes. I cannot wait to try more.

    • megmeister April 17, 2013 at 7:56 am #

      Thank you so much! Wow, what a compliment!

      Congratulations on going vegan. It is a very rewarding lifestyle and with time you will notice more and more benefits. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. =)

  6. Geoff June 12, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Tried these tonight, and they remind me and friend of mozzarella cheese sticks! Bet it would be great to dip them in a marinara sauce, too. I’ll definitely make these again. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    • megmeister June 13, 2013 at 8:10 am #

      That is awesome, Geoff! An alternative to mozzarella cheese sticks is always a good thing in my mind. =) I’ve tried these with marinara sauce and they are pretty good. Thank you for your feedback!

  7. Megan February 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    Yum!!!! What a great idea!

  8. Muhammad May 28, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    I am truly thankful to the holder of this website who has shared this wonderful paragraph at here.

  9. theresourcefulvegan June 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    looks amazing….looks like a nugget/hash brown delicious hybrid haha

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