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Crispy Tofu Burrito Bowl With Lime Dressing

Crispy tofu burrito bowl is made with marinated pan-fried tofu, rice, black beans, tomatoes and corn. It’s topped with a healthy lime dressing. This recipe is gluten-free, sugar-free, plant-based, and vegetarian.

crispy tofu burrito bowl with a fork surrounded by parsley, lime and tomatoes.

Crispy Tofu Burrito Bowl

If you’re looking for a fresh and easy vegetarian burrito bowl, this is it! This tofu burrito bowl is light and fresh. The tofu is crispy and full of flavor, all thanks to an easy marinade.

This bowl can be assembled easily for lunch or dinner. This recipe makes 2 servings – feel free to double it to serve a full family, or meal prep for a week of lunches.

If you want to create crispy tofu, there are a simple few tips to know before you get started. I’ll walk you through those below.

close up of crispy tofu, cherry tomatoes, avocado and black beans in a blue bowl.

Crispy Tofu Burrito Bowl Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this tofu bowl:

  • Extra Firm Tofu – Look for a 14-16 oz container of “extra firm” tofu. This will produce the crispiest results.
  • Marinade – I used my honey mustard tofu marinade for this recipe. You can use any of these 7 tofu marinade flavors for this recipe.
  • Rice – I used short grain brown rice. You could also use quinoa or pasta.
  • Bowl Ingredients – This bowl is put together with black beans, corn, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and parsley.
  • Dressing – To make the dressing you’ll need olive oil, lime juice, parsley, garlic, dijon mustard, salt and pepper.
close up of crispy tofu beside cherry tomatoes in light blue bowl.

How To Make The Crispy Tofu Burrito Bowl

One of the easiest ways to cook tofu is in a frying pan. Here’s a quick overview of how to do it:

  1. Add a bit of cooking oil to a frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the pressed and cut tofu to the pan. Brown on all sides and cook until sides start to look a bit crispy. This will take about 8-10 minutes in total.
  3. Remove from heat and serve with rice, quinoa, pasta or anything else you’d like.

Why Does My Tofu Stick To The Pan?

If your tofu is sticking to the pan, there might be too much moisture in your tofu. Be sure to use extra-firm tofu and press it before cooking. You can see simple pressing instructions below in the recipe card.
Also, make sure to heat the frying pan with a bit of oil before adding in the tofu.

crispy tofu burrito bowl with rice, black beans, cherry tomatoes, avocado, corn and tofu.

More Tofu Recipes To Try

Want more? Try my 7 Easy Tofu Marinades that will give your tofu incredible flavor. You can use these in a variety of recipes – including salads, wraps and grain bowls.

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Crispy Tofu Burrito Bowl

Crispy tofu burrito bowl is made with marinated pan-fried tofu, rice, black beans, tomatoes and corn. It's topped with a healthy lime dressing. This recipe is gluten-free, sugar-free, plant-based, and vegetarian.
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Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 475kcal

Ingredients

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice - or lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley - or cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove - minced
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper - to taste

Instructions

  • Remove the tofu from the package and drain any excess liquid. Place the tofu on 3-4 paper towels. Then add another 3-4 paper towels on top.
  • Place a clean heavy frying pan or pot on top of the tofu for 30 minutes. This will "press the tofu" and squeeze out any excess moisture. If your pan isn't too heavy you can add canned beans to create more weight.
    Replace the paper towels halfway through if they become too wet.
  • Once the tofu has been pressed, chop it in to 1-inch squares and place in a bag.
  • In a bowl, combine the marinade ingredients. I used honey mustard marinade but you can use any of these six tofu marinade flavors. Pour the marinade into the bag with chopped tofu and place in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes or longer.
    Note: These marinades work best when tofu can be soaked for at least a few hours – I prefer to marinate overnight.
  • Heat a frying pan with a bit of cooking oil over medium-high heat. Pan should be hot before adding in the tofu and sauce. Cook until the tofu is browned on each side, about 8-10 minutes.
  • The sauce will reduce during this time and the tofu will get crispy. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Make The Dressing: Add olive oil, lime juice, dijon mustard, minced garlic, parsley (or cilantro), salt and pepper to a bowl and mix together.
  • Cook the rice. Slice the tomatoes and avocado. Drain and rinse the black beans. Heat up the corn in the microwave (if using frozen corn).
  • Add the cooked rice, cooked tofu, parsley (or cilantro), black beans, corn, cherry tomatoes, and sliced avocado to a bowl. Drizzle the dressing over top. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • I used my honey mustard tofu marinade for this recipe. You can use any of these 7 tofu marinade flavors for this recipe.
  • It’s important to use “extra firm” tofu to get the crispiest results. 
Nutrition
Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 844mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1796IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition Info Note: The actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes and the size and number of what you make. The nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands you choose and the ingredients you use.

If you’re looking for more specific details (for example, to track your macros) then I recommend adding specific brand ingredients and this recipe to a food tracker app on your phone.

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