Crispy Buffalo Tofu Sliders + How to Make Crispy, Chewy Tofu

Crispy buffalo tofu on a soft bun with crunchy cabbage and ranch makes for a delectable little vegan slider! Tahini lovers can use this quick tahini ranch, or substitute your own favorite.
Course lunch, sandwiches
Cuisine nut-free, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword buffalo tofu sliders
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Yield 8 sliders
Calories Per Serving 95 kcal
Author Yup, it's Vegan


For the crispy buffalo tofu:

  • 16 oz. House Foods Extra Firm Tofu
  • 1/4 cup cayenne pepper hot sauce
  • 1 tsp ketchup (see notes)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup panko-style breadcrumbs (be sure to check the ingredients; some brands contain milk)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

For the quick tahini ranch:

For assembling the crispy buffalo tofu sliders:

  • crispy buffalo tofu (above)
  • 8 slider buns toasted if desired
  • 1/4 head purple cabbage shredded
  • ranch dressing (use tahini ranch above, avocado ranch, or store-bought (I like this brand)
  • (optional) chopped chives or green onions, for garnish

Supplies needed:

  • parchment paper


For the crispy buffalo tofu:

  1. Remove the tofu from its package, drain it, and press it according to the instructions in the post above, or using a tofu press.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray or grease it lightly with oil.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the hot sauce, ketchup, and olive oil. In a second small bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  4. After pressing the tofu, cut the tofu in half horizontally, then in half vertically, then in half crosswise, to make 8 slider-shaped portions. (If needed, see this page) for visuals of what those directions mean.
  5. Take each tofu piece and dip it into the hot sauce mixture to coat it with sauce. Then, using your other hand, dip it into the breadcrumbs mixture, flipping it to coat with breadcrumbs on all sides. Place the tofu piece on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining tofu pieces.
  6. Spray the tops of the tofu slider pieces with oil. Bake the tofu for 20 minutes, then gently flip it over and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until slightly browned and crisp.

For the quick tahini ranch:

  1. Stir together all of the ingredients until smooth. Add more water to thin if needed. Season to taste with salt and more lemon.

For the crispy buffalo tofu sliders:

  1. Fill each slider bun with a piece of buffalo tofu, and drizzle with extra hot sauce if desired. Toss the shredded cabbage together with ranch dressing and top the tofu with it. Sprinkle with chopped chives or green onions if desired.

Recipe Notes

KETCHUP SUBSTITUTE: Whisk together 2 teaspoons of tomato paste with 1 teaspoon of warm water. Add to the hot sauce mixture, and then add sweetener to taste if desired.

MAKE AHEAD/LEFTOVERS: This recipe doesn't have much prep work needed, but you could make the ranch and shred the cabbage in advance. Leftover crispy buffalo tofu can be refrigerated once completely cooled to room temperature, and then reheated by lightly spraying it with oil and heating in the oven to crisp it up again.

NUTRITION: Nutrition is calculated for tofu only.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Buffalo Tofu Sliders + How to Make Crispy, Chewy Tofu
Amount Per Serving (1 slider)
Calories 95 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 300mg 13%
Potassium 171mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 7%
Calcium 10%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.