Easy Vegan Buffalo Tofu Sandwich Recipe

Today’s easy vegan Buffalo Tofu sandwich is so easy to make that I considered it a “non-recipe” and didn’t even think of sharing it here on the blog at first. But then I thought that easy vegan recipes are exactly what my blog is here for, so here we go!

Behold the Buffalo Tofu sandwich that I’ve been making almost every Friday for a few weeks now:

Vegan buffalo tofu sandwich recipe with vegan bleu cheese sauce

The secret to this sandwich lies – you guessed it 🙂 – in the crispy Buffalo tofu. Lately I’ve been on a roll with pan-frying tofu in a little bit of oil to make a great sandwich filling or a quick protein-packed snack with a texture that resembles chicken.

Usually I fry my tofu “naked” (no breading) with just a dash of salt and pepper. It  But for this sandwich, I knew that “naked” tofu wouldn’t hold the Buffalo sauce as well. So I decided to make “breaded” tofu by dipping it into cornstarch before frying it.

The result? Beautifully golden tofu, crispy on the outside and mildly chewy on the inside, perfect for dipping into the spicy buffalo sauce (Frank’s Red Hot Original does wonders here).

Easy pan-fried crispy tofu for sandwiches, grain bowls, wraps, etc.
Cornstarch-breaded tofu just before being dipped in Buffalo sauce

I cook tofu in a similar way (except breading it in cornstarch) to make my spicy vegan tofu tacos with fajita vegetables.

This sandwich is also quite versatile: use any veggies you like in your sandwiches, put everything on a bun of any shape (a baguette chunk works great too).

The only other key component aside from the Buffalo tofu is the blue cheese sauce.

I am a big fan of Vegan Bleu Cheese Dressing by Follow Your Heart, but I know that other brands make vegan blue cheese sauces too (Daiya and Walden Farms for example), but I haven’t tried those.

Vegan buffalo tofu sandwich recipe

Not interested in store-bought vegan blue cheese sauces? You can make your own – just search for vegan blue cheese recipes on Pinterest. Not a fan of blue cheese of any kind, vegan or not? Try ranch!

Easy vegan buffalo tofu sandwich with vegan bleu cheese sauce

This tofu preparation method will also make great Buffalo tofu wings! Just slice the tofu into triangles instead of rectangles, and follow the rest of the steps in the recipe below. Your friends and family will thank you at your next get-together!

I also have an easy tofu banh mi sandwich recipe here on the blog – check it out and see for yourself how simple it is to make!

Easy vegan buffalo tofu sandwich recipe

If you’ve tried this recipe, I’d love to hear how it turned out! Give it a star rating below, pin it to Pinterest, tag @vegan_runner_eats on Instagram, or leave a comment.

Yield: 3-4 sandwiches

Easy Vegan Buffalo Tofu Sandwich Recipe

Easy Vegan Buffalo Tofu Sandwich Recipe

This Buffalo Tofu sandwich is really easy to make, yet it's packed with flavor and will surely satisfy any spicy vegan food lover. The crispy tofu soaks in just the right amount of buffalo sauce, providing a great texture without being too messy.

Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the Buffalo Tofu:

  • 1 block extra firm tofu (14-16 oz), pressed and drained
  • 1/4 c cornstarch
  • 1/4 c Frank's Red Hot Sauce Original, not the Wings sauce
  • High-heat oil avocado oil works well, as needed for frying the tofu

For the Sandwiches:

  • 3-4 sandwich rolls
  • Vegan Bleu Cheese dressing Follow Your Heart is my favorite, to taste
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Tomato slices
  • Red onion rings
  • Avocado pieces (optional)

Instructions

To Make the Buffalo Tofu:

  1. Slice a pressed and drained block of tofu crosswise into 1/4-inch rectangles. You'll get 12-14 pieces.
  2. Put cornstarch into a shallow dish. Cover each tofu piece generously with cornstarch on all sides.
  3. Heat 2-3 Tbsp oil in a heavy-bottomed pan. Place a few tofu pieces in the pan, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. (I usually do this in 2 batches.) Cook tofu on medium heat for 3-4 min until slightly golden, then flip and cook another 3-4 min. Put cooked tofu on a plate and set aside.
  4. Put Frank's Red Hot Sauce into a small bowl. Place each piece of cooked tofu into the sauce, covering it well on each side.

To Assemble the Sandwiches:

  1. Place 3-4 Buffalo Tofu slices on the bottom half of the sandwich roll. Spread 1-2 Tbsp Bleu Cheese Sauce on the top half. Put any veggies you like in sandwiches (I like lettuce, tomato, red onion and avocado) on top of the tofu and close the sandwich with the top part. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 sandwich

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 696Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 10mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 7gSugar: 5gProtein: 24g

Please note that the provided nutritional information data is approximate.

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4 thoughts on “Easy Vegan Buffalo Tofu Sandwich Recipe”

    1. Hi CĂ©line! I haven’t tried this, but I think it should be fine. You’ll just need to keep bread from getting soggy: tomatoes would affect that the most, but if you make sure to keep them between lettuce and tofu, it will be ok. Oh, and of course it will need to be refrigerated 🙂

  1. I have not eaten much tofu, except for the few bits in Asian soups. However, I love buffalo sauce and love the idea of eating a sandwich with no meat.

    Where do you find tofu in the grocery store? Is there anything I need to know before I buy it? Best brands, anything special about it I should know.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Gina! I usually find tofu either in the produce section where they have those big open fridges with lettuce, spinach, salad dressings, etc. OR if a store has a designated area for vegan products. For this recipe, extra firm tofu works best. Any brand will work. Just make sure to press it first – wrap it in a paper towel, put a heavy cutting board on top, and let sit in the sink for 15-20 min until it has released some liquid. There’s also a tofu press that a lot of people swear by. Hope you enjoy this sandwich!

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