Chad + Derek Sarno | Classic Fried Tofu Sandwich

Eat the Change

If you love BLTs, you’ll be all over this sandwich. Thin sliced fried tofu seasoned with soy sauce and nutritional yeast on a sandwich with avocado, mayo, tomato, and lettuce…it doesn’t get much better, or easier. One bite, and this will become a staple sandwich for you.  


1 block (14 ounces/400 g) extra-firm or firm tofu 
2-3 tbsp olive oil 
2-3 tbsp tamari or soy sauce 
2-3 tbsp nutritional yeast 
4 slices of your favorite sandwich bread 
4 tbsp vegan mayo, such as Wicked Kitchen Caramelized Onion & Garlic Mayo 
1 avocado 
1 tomato 
freshly ground black pepper 
lettuce leaves 


  1. Press the tofu to drain excess water. We just do it over the sink between our hands. It only takes a minute or two turning it over and over.  
  2. Slice the drained tofu crosswise into 8 or 9 rectangular slabs. 
  3. Heat a heavy skillet like cast-iron over medium heat, and swirl in some olive oil to coat the pan bottom. Now add your tofu, cut sides down, and pan-fry it until golden brown, 3-4 minutes per side. Remove it to paper towels to drain excess oil. 
  4. Then transfer the tofu to a mixing bowl and scatter on the tamari and nooch. Toss until the tofu’s good and coated. 
  5. Toast your bread, and while that’s going, remove the avocado pit (don’t cut yourself!). Then slice the avocado in the peel. Slice the tomato too.  
  6. Spread the mayo on all the pieces of toast, then build each sandwich on one piece: seasoned tofu goes down first, then the sliced tomatoes, avocado, a pinch of black pepper, and the lettuce.  
  7. Top with the other pieces of toast, slice on a diagonal, and dig in with two hands. Sooooo good. 

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