Tofu and Okara Nuggets

Tofu and Okara Nuggets

If you are looking for healthy vegan nuggets, here is the answer!  Before I became a vegetarian, I used to make a tofu and chicken mince nuggets recipe for my cooking class. I then noticed that all other recipes I created for my Tofusion cooking class were vegetarian, and so I decided to make the nuggets totally vegetarian. I substituted chicken with okara and added vegetable stock. It went very well. Seriously, it tastes almost the same as the chicken version.



  • 250g (9oz) okara
  • 1/2 onion, finely grated
  • 1/2 potato, finely grated
  • 250g (9oz) hard tofu, crumbled finely by hand
  • 3 tablespoons potato starch
  • 2 teaspoons MSG-free vegetable stock powder
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Honey mustard

  • 1.1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


1. To make honey mustard, combine the honey and mustard.

2. Place the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and, using your hands, mix until well combined. Shape tablespoons of mixture into nuggets.

3. Heat oil in a saucepan over a high heat. When oil is hot, deep-fry the nuggets until golden.

4. Drain the nuggets on absorbent paper.

5. Serve with honey mustard and sweet chilli sauce

Vegan option: For a vegan alternative, use agave syrup instead of honey.


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