Baked Bang Bang Shrimp or Baked Bang Bang Tofu
This dish is so easy to prepare and is really tasty. Both versions come out very crispy and this adds a great quality to the dish. Either way you do this you will love it. The prep time on this takes less than a half hour. What's not to like about that!?! Cook time is equally as fast and is a total of 20 minutes. So what are you waiting for? Time to make some Bang Bang!
To prepare the Shrimp or Tofu you will need:
1.25 lbs shrimp, cleaned and deveined or......1 packs very firm tofu (14 oz packs) cut up in small pieces
1/4 cup 0% Greek yogurt (I use Fage brand and sounds like "fa yay")
1/4 cup Almond milk or any milk variety
1/4 cup soy creamer or heavy cream
1/4 cup flour (preferably whole wheat)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 jumbo egg
2 tsp chopped and minced garlic
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp hot sauce - I use Texas Pete
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs - I use a mix of whole wheat and regular style and you may need more than 1 cup.
Preheat your oven to 400 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. I might even spray the pan lightly and then place the paper on top. Just a little extra to be sure that nothing sticks. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, paprika and salt and pepper. Add the hot sauce, egg, yogurt and milks to the bowl and whisk until you have a smooth batter. Add the shrimp or tofu to the bowl, tossing to make sure each piece is coated in the batter and set it aside. In another bowl add the Panko breadcrumbs.
Mix all ingredients for the sauce together and refrigerate until ready for serving.
Coat each of the battered shrimp or tofu pieces with breadcrumbs, add more breadcrumbs as needed, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, then flip shrimp or tofu over and bake for another 10 minutes or until the breadcrumbs turn golden or lightly browned.