The Best Tofu Patties


Tofu Patties


This is my absolute all-time-favourite vegetarian recipe, which I have made many many times, (and even make these patties as part of my Christmas dinner to go with roast vegetables.) Many people see tofu as either a bland food that doesn’t appeal at all, or they don’t know what to do with it, but this recipe solves those little problems and turns a chunk of tofu into a tasty meal.

I like to keep left-over tofu patties in the fridge to snack on because they are also extremely moreish when cold, and they make a very fine filling for sandwiches with lettuce and mayonnaise.


A few tips about this recipe:

  • Use a firm-style tofu.
  • Use nutritional yeast (also known as Brewers’ yeast), not the yeast used for baking.
  • Instead of using sherry in the recipe, you can replace it with lemon juice and water.
  • To keep the ingredients bound together, chop the onions and garlic very finely, and give the sunflower seeds a bit of a chop too, so they are at least chopped in half.
  • Instead of making the mixture into flat pattie / burger shapes, try rolling the mixture into balls to use as a replacement for meatballs.
  • These patties make a tasty filling for burgers/sandwiches with lettuce and other vegetables.
  • Leftover patties can be frozen.





Vegetarian | Makes about 10-12 patties.


250g tofu

1 medium-sized onion

2-3 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 small teaspoon of tomato sauce

1 tablespoon sherry

(or substitute with 1 dessertspoon lemon juice and 1 dessertspoon of water)

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

¼ cup sunflower seeds

¼ teaspoon salt

black pepper to taste

¼ cup wholemeal flour (or plain white flour)

Oil, for frying

Extra flour, to coat patties



  1. Wash the tofu, then drain and pat dry with a paper towel. Crumble the tofu into a bowl – make sure there are no large pieces.


  1. Dice the onion and garlic very finely, and add to the crumbled tofu.


  1. Add the remaining ingredients (except the flour), and mix together.


  1. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture (to distribute it evenly), and mix all ingredients together well.


  1. Working with wet hands, shape a portion of the mixture into an approximately 7cm pattie. Flour both sides of the pattie, then fry for 5 minutes per side or until golden brown.
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