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Shredded Tofu Recipe

This crispy shredded tofu recipe is incredible! The combination of texture and flavorings makes it taste just like vegan ground beef or turkey. Shredding tofu with a cheese grater makes the most amazing tender and crisp crumble. The best part about it is how easy is to make! Enjoy the most comforting and flavorful shredded tofu.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Vegan
Servings 4 servings


  • tofu press, cheese grater, pan for frying or baking sheet for baking


  • 1 block of firm tofu (extra-firm works too)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder (use more if you want it spicier)
  • 2 teaspoon soy sauce, or tamari
  • oil for frying, such as extra-virgin olive oil or cooking spray


  • Drain and press tofu. I do recommend a tofu press for pressing your tofu since it makes that process way easier and cleaner. Press it for at least 30 minutes, best overnight in the fridge. To press tofu without a tofu press place it in between paper towels, or a kitchen towel, and place heavy objects such as plates and books on it.
  • Using a cheese grater grate the pressed tofu. Lay the grater onto the side while grating. That way the tofu will stay in the grater making it easier and quicker to transfer to a bowl. Be careful not to cut yourself. Chop chunks that break off and are too small to grate by hand with a kitchen knife.
  • Transfer to a bowl, add seasonings and mix with your hands until seasoning covers all tofu. Cover and let it marinate for at least 20 minutes, or best overnight in the fridge. The longer you let it rest, the more flavor the tofu will absorb.
  • Pan-frying: Heat oil in a pan. Once hot fry tofu until crisp and brown. The longer you fry it the crispier it gets.
    Baking: Preheat your oven to 180°C / 355°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and/or grease with heat-resistant oil. Spread the tofu evenly over the pan. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring the tofu halfway through until the tofu is browned. For crispier shreds, bake them longer, for more tender shreds bake them a little less.
  • Serve as is, or use in other dishes as needed and wished.


Keyword crispy shredded tofu, grated tofu, pulled tofu, shredded tofu, tofu crumble