smoky tofu tenders with tomato dipping sauce

This recipe is a vegan/whole food plant-based twist on chicken tenders with dipping sauce. Hope you enjoy it! Two of my kids even like this tofu!

When making this recipe, it’s easy to add a second baking sheet to the oven with vegetables to make a complete meal.

Smoky tofu tenders with tomato dipping sauce

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, lunch, Main Course, Snack
Keyword: tofu, vegan, vegetarian, whole food plant-based
Servings: 4


  • 1 package extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup yellow grape tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp cilantro
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin


  • Preheat oven to 425. To prepare tofu, press with a paper towel to get out excess water. Then slice into 1/4" thick rectangles.
  • Mix together in small bowl paprika, garlic powder, onion powder.
  • Place tofu on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Season both sides of the tofu with the paprika seasoning mixture.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes total. Flip tofu after 10 min then set a timer for 5 more minutes.
  • While tofu is baking, prepare sauce.
  • In a food processor, pulse together all ingredients for the sauce.

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