Crispy Tofu with Cheesy Mushroom Polenta

  • Prep 20 mins
  • Total 47 mins
  • Medium
  • Serves 4

This is the perfect vegetarian dinner to have as a Meatless Monday meal, or if you have veggie friends or family! Crispy tofu served with creamy and delicious polenta with mushrooms.

TIP: Extra-firm tofu works best in this recipe as it’s the easiest to handle, will hold together when coating, and gives you the crispiest results.


  • Contains Milk/Dairy
  • Contains Wheat

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy, Wheat

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  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup polenta-style corn meal
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 2 packages (1 pound) cremini or baby bella mushrooms, stems removed, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 tablesppon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 package (15 ounces) extra-firm tofu, drained, cut into 16 sticks crosswise
  • Nonstick cooking spray

TOPPINGS (optional)

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Grated parmesan cheese


  • Aluminum Foil
  • Medium Bowl
  • Large Bowl
  • Silicone Whisk
  • Step 1

    Place all Level 1 ingredients in the pot.

  • Step 2

    Line the Ninja Multi-Purpose Pan (or 8-inch round baking pan) with a nonstick silicone baking mat or aluminum foil. In a large bowl, toss all Level 2 ingredients until evenly coated, then transfer to the prepared pan. Place the pan on the bottom layer of the Deluxe Reversible Rack in the lower position, then place the rack in the pot.

  • Step 3

    In a medium bowl, whisk together corn starch, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Coat each piece of tofu in the corn starch mixture.

  • Step 4

    Slide the Deluxe Layer through the lower layer’s handles. Spray the Deluxe Layer with nonstick cooking spray and arrange tofu in an even layer on rack, then evenly spray the top of the tofu.

  • Step 5

    Close the lid and move slider to STEAMCRISP. Select STEAM & CRISP, set temperature to 390°F, and set time to 10 minutes. Press START/STOP to begin cooking (PrE will display for approx. 12 minutes as the unit steams, then the timer will start counting down).

  • Step 6

    When cooking is complete, open lid and flip tofu. Close lid, select STEAM & CRISP, set temperature to 390°F, and set time to 5 minutes. Press START/STOP to begin cooking (timer will start immediately and there will be no steaming time).

  • Step 7

    When cooking is complete, remove both rack layers and separate them. Stir 1/2 cup of cooked mushroom mixture and cheddar cheese into polenta and season with salt and pepper. Transfer polenta to serving plates and top with tofu, remaining mushroom mixture, and Parmesan cheese as desired.