Grilled Breaded Tofu Steaks with Spinach Salad and Tomato Flaxseed Bread

If you have tofu in the refrigerator, you should try this breaded tofu steak recipe! I found this recipe when I searched a new vegan dish that uses tofu as a based ingredient. Later I found it tastes so magnificent, even though it is time-consuming, it is so worth it in my opinion.

To be efficient, I advise you do the part that takes the longest, which is the tomato and the onion flaxseed bread. But if you prefer to let the tofu sit and dry for a while, then you can try doing those around the same time.

Whenever I use tofu for my vegan dish, I always like the idea to let the people think that it is not tofu and keep wondering what it is 🙂

Before I continue, please be aware when you are utilizing a blender, you have to be careful with the tomatoes and onions. You don’t want to blend them to mush. Best is using a food processor or immersion blender, so you have a better feeling when mixing them.

Grilled Breaded Tofu Steaks with Spinach Salad and Tomato Flaxseed Bread
Serves: 2
Tomato Onion Flaxseed Bread
  • 5 ripe Roma tomatoes
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil and Italian herbs
  • 1 small red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup golden flaxseed meal
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Himalayan/sea salt
Baby Spinach Salad
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • A few sprinkles Himalayan/sea salt
  • A few sprinkles freshly ground pepper
Grilled Breaded Tofu Steaks
  • ½ block firm or extra firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon miso paste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil/extra light olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup high quality breadcrumbs* (I used Trader Joe’s organic bread crumbs)
Tomato Onion Flaxseed Bread
  1. Preheat oven to 320°F (160°C).
  2. Chop the Roma tomatoes, red onion, and garlic in relatively small pieces. They don’t have to be tiny, but it will help with the chopping process.
  3. Put all the chopped vegetables and sundried tomatoes in the blender (or food processor) and pulse it briefly to chop it up. Note: It’s crucial that if you’re using something like Vitamix, you pulse it for a second quickly, then stir, and pulse until most of the stuff is chopped but not complete mush.
  4. Pour the mixture into a fine mesh sieve and squeeze out about a cup of juice. You can keep the rest of the juice in a container to use as broth for other things.
  5. Pour the chunky mashed vegetables in a large bowl and add the flaxseed meal, brown rice flour, olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, basil, paprika and salt. Stir until everything is well mixed.
  6. Align baking parchment paper on a 9×13 inch oven tray and grease the baking paper with non-stick vegetable oil.
  7. Pour the mixture on the baking tray with parchment paper underneath, and spread it out across the entire tray, so the layer is nice and thin, and even.
  8. If you want the bread to be thin and crunchy, you will need to use a larger oven tray so the layer can be thinner. It will take a shorter time to bake so you MUST check every 10 minutes or so after it’s been baking for 25 minutes, because the bottom may burn quickly.
  9. Bake them in the oven for 50 minutes to 75 minutes (depending on the thickness). Allow it to cool before cutting it up. Be careful though because some thinner parts may burn, so every 5 minutes or so after it’s been baking for 40 minutes.
Baby Spinach Salad
  1. Add all the ingredients in a bowl and toss and turn it around until the spinach leaves is coated by everything pretty evenly.
Grilled Breaded Tofu Steaks
  1. Cut half of a regular block of tofu out and squeeze out as much water as you can without breaking the tofu. Once water is squeezed, use some paper towels to get more water out from all sides.
  2. Carefully cut the tofu block in three layers, then slice across to make 6 small rectangles. (But you can really cut them in any sized pieces you want). You will see that more water will emerge from the middle, so once again, get more paper towels to squeeze out even more water.
  3. You may even want to leave it out for a little while to dry off. The more water you squeeze out, the better the outcome.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, tomato paste, miso paste, sesame or olive oil and maple syrup and stir until the sauce is even.
  5. In a separate shallow dish, pour the breadcrumbs on it. I used Trader Joe’s.
  6. Dip the tofu steaks in the sauce, then quickly coat them with breadcrumbs. Do this to each of the tofu steaks.
  7. Spray some non-stick cooking oil on a ribbed grill pan and lay the tofu steaks neatly on the pan.
  8. Turn the heat on medium high (between 5-6) and cook the tofu on one side for about 10-13 minutes until you see it brown, then flip it over as carefully as you can, and cook the other side for another 6-10 minutes until the other side has browned as well.


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