Monday, November 14, 2011

Fried Tofu Sandwiches

When I was a kid, one of the few egg dishes I liked was my father's fried egg sandwiches - just a fried egg between two slices of bread, slathered with mayo.  Several years ago, I wanted to recreate that memory vegan-style, so I made a fried tofu sandwich.  At first it was just as simple as the egg version, but over the years it's become more grandiose with classic condiments and veggies added to it.  Now, I don't even think of my old childhood fave, for my new love is far superior in presentation and taste.  The sandwich pictured is with my Basic White Bread and my mom's homemade pickles - shout out to Mom!

Fried Tofu Sandwiches


2 Tbs. canola oil
2 pkgs. of extra-firm tofu, drained and sliced in 1/4" to 1/2" slices width wise
10 Slices of bread
Lettuce, torn into sandwich size pieces
2 tomatoes, thickly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste, optional
Pickles, sliced into rounds


Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.  When hot add the tofu slices and cook until brown on both sides, about ten to fifteen minutes.  Repeat with rest of tofu, if all of it couldn't fit in pan the first time.  Drain on paper towels.  Spread Vegenaise and mustard on bread, add two or three pieces of tofu, along with the lettuce, tomato and pickles.  I  like to sprinkle salt and pepper on top of the tomato slices.  Serve with a side of roasted veggies, if desired.  Hits the spot.  Feeds five hungry vegans.


  1. I like the idea of tofu sandwiches :-)


  2. I don't think I was ever a fan of egg sandwiches, but fried tofu...yes please! I can just imagine taking a big yummy bite from that sandwich, and as much as I like rye and other types of bread, I think that crusty white bread is my fav for sandwiches. I think I'll be dreaming of this for the rest of the day.

  3. We had a very similar sandwich this weekend. It was so good!

  4. Fried tofu is so delicious. Have you ever tried sprinkling a little Indian black salt on the tofu after it's cooked? The sulfur gives it a taste reminiscent to eggs.

  5. I have wondered about Indian black salt that Andrea mentioned. I have heard that. I used to take a fried egg sandwich to school almost everyday in kindergarten. Makes me gag a little thinking about it. But as always, I love my sandwiches, so I would love this one, too.

  6. Alessandra, they are good.

    Rose, sweet dreams!

    Molly, great minds...

    Andrea, you know, I've heard on black salt on blogs, but I haven't bought any yet.

    Jenny, we are mutual sandwich lovers, methinks.

  7. A lot of nostalgia lately for a guy not named 'Joe'.

  8. I used to love fried egg sandwiches too. We used to put honey mustard on ours instead of mayo though. The fried tofu sandwiches are even better! :o)