Hands down, the best (and easiest!) baked tofu ever- A delicious marinade and cooking method makes it an absolute hit- Vegan, gluten free and very low carb!
Coming from a half asian background, tofu was considered a staple growing up. A staple I (used to) despise. To me, tofu reminded me of soft cheese, without flavour. As a child, I would discard pieces onto my dad’s plate or when forced to consume it, I’d sneakily hide it in tissue paper and throw it away after leaving the table. How times have changed! These days, tofu is a staple in my diet several times, and I have this amazingly simply yet tasty marinade to thank for it! For those of you out there who aren’t fans of tofu, try this recipe- it better will change your opinion on this vegetarian source of protein!
Best baked tofu
Serves- Me 1 hungry person
Prep- 10 minutes and 1 hour+ refrigeration
Cooking- 30-45 minutes, depending on power of oven
- 400 gram block of extra firm/momen tofu
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 TBS reduced sodium soy sauce/liquid aminos
- 2 tsp tamari (or an extra tsp of soy sauce)
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder (NOT garlic salt)
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional but recommended)
- Drain tofu from package and pat dry. Slice the tofu into 1 inch thick pieces and in a single layer, place in an airtight container
- In a small bowl, whisk the sesame oil, soy sauce and tamari until well combined. Add the cayenne pepper, garlic powder, ginger powder and red pepper flakes. Mix very well.
- Gently pour the marinade over the tofu and ensure it is evenly coating all the tofu pieces. Place the lid on the container and give it several shakes. Refrigerate for at least one hour to marinade.
- After the marinating time in the fridge, preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a tray with tin foil and coat with cooking spray. Place the tofu cubes on the tray, with a small separation between each piece. Put into the heated oven.
- Check on the tofu after 15 minutes and if it has started to turn slightly brown on top, flip them over and continue cooking for another 10 minutes. Check up on the tofu and depending on your oven, if the tofu is still slightly soft and not yet crisp, keep in the oven. If, however, the edges have gone crispy and golden brown, remove from the oven.
- Serve the tofu immediately with some vegetables and a carb and voila, you have a clean, balanced meal!
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