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Pan-Fried Tofu Sausage Crumbles Recipe

Get your plates ready for a plant-based, pan-fried tofu sausage crumbles recipe. A great recipe to include on pizza, breakfast burritos, or in a pasta dish.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch
Servings 4


  • 16 ounces super firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil (canola, vegetable)
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoon fennel seeds crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Red chili flakes to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder


  • Drain extra water from the super-firm tofu block and pat-dry with a clean towel or paper towel. If you're using firm tofu instead, press first.
  • Crumble tofu with your hands to sausage crumble-like pieces. Next, set a skillet or non-stick pan over high heat. 
  • Add two tablespoons of oil. Once the oil is hot, stir in tofu. Cook tofu and occasionally stir for about 10 minutes, or until there are golden bits. 
  • While the tofu is cooking grab a mixing bowl and whisk together soy sauce, water, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, crushed fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, red chili flakes, garlic powder, and chili powder.  
  • Pour the sauce over the tofu and cook for another five minutes. Turn off heat and serve. 


To roughly crush fennel seeds, use a food processor or blender.
Keyword Meatless, Plant-Based, Vegan