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Tofu Piccata [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Here is a compassionate version of veal piccata. Tofu cooked in a delicious sauce of vegan butter, white wine, parsley, garlic, lemons, and capers. You can serve it with a side of fingerling potatoes that are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. This dish is so amazing, it will have people shouting, “Bravo!” and asking for an encore.

Tofu Piccata [Vegan, Gluten-Free]


  • 1 block of extra-firm tofu, drained
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 tablespoon safflower oil
  • 1/4 cup dry vegan white wine
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons vegan buttery spread
  • 6 or 7 fresh lemon slices
  • Fresh parsley for garnish, chopped


  1. Cut the tofu into 8 slices. I do this by cutting the block in half width-wise, then cutting each half-block into 4 thin rectangular slices.
  2.  Put the chickpea flour on a plate. Season it with salt and pepper. Coat both sides of the tofu slices with the flour.
  3.  Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the tofu slices until they are browned and a bit crisp on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the tofu to a warm platter and set aside.
  4.  Add the wine to the pan (it is safer to take the pan off the heat when you do this) and then add the minced garlic. Cook until the garlic is slightly browned and the wine is mostly evaporated, about 2 minutes.
  5.  Add the broth, lemon juice and the capers to the pan. Return the tofu to the pan and let them cook in the liquid for about a minute on each side. This will allow them to soak in the flavor of the liquid. Then transfer the tofu back to the warm platter.
  6.  Add the vegan buttery spread and the lemon slices to the pan to complete the sauce.
  7.  When the spread melts, pour the sauce over the tofu. Garnish with the chopped fresh parsley and lemon slices.
  8.  Serve with any side dish you desire. I heated a pan with a mix of oil and vegan buttery spread. Then cooked some cut up fingerling potatoes with salt, pepper, and rosemary. I let them cook until they were brown and crispy on both sides. Decadent! Tofu Piccata and Fingerling Potatoes are a perfect duo!

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 1244 | Total Carbs: 33 g | Total Fat: 102 g | Total Protein: 47 g | Total Sodium: 1114 g | Total Sugar: 5 g





When Rhea became vegan, there were no places in her Bronx neighborhood to eat so she had to learn to cook, mostly by watching TV cooking shows, especially Christina Pirello and Rachael Ray.  That led to the creation of The "V" Word website which focuses on vegan versions of favorite, familiar foods. Rhea has written several e-cookbooks which are available on her web site. It is Rhea's hope that she can spread the "V" Word to bring more compassion into the world and it is her dream to become the vegan Rachael Ray.



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