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This is the BEST tofu recipe out there, if you want crispy, golden tofu that’s full of flavor and easy to make. This crispy baked tofu creates a golden crust around quick marinated tofu cubes, and it’s perfect for dipping or including in any recipe that uses tofu. Delicious.

Close up view of crispy baked tofu cubes on a white plate

What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • This method gives your tofu an incredible golden crust with just the right amount of crunch.
  • It’s unbelievably easy to make! A quick marinade, a toss in cornstarch, then 30 minutes in the oven gives you deliciously crispy tofu with a little sweet-and-savory flavor. Literally anyone could do this!
  • Crispy baked tofu is a great snack or main dish all on its own, but you can use this method for any recipe that calls for tofu! Crispy baked tofu and broccoli with a side of rice? SIGN ME UP.
  • It’s even great as leftovers or make-ahead meals! It’s best when it’s freshly cooked, but the baked tofu will stay good up to 5 days if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can freeze it, too, but it’ll lose some of its crispiness and will be a little tough once it’s reheated.

Key Ingredients

Tofu – For this recipe, extra firm tofu works best. One of the great things about tofu is that it soaks up the flavor of whatever you marinate it in. Here it takes on this delicious, slightly sweet flavor with all the umami of tamari or soy sauce. Amazing.

Cornstarch – This powder acts as a sort-of breading and gives your baked tofu that ideal crust. The recipe calls for 3-6 tablespoons, but how much you use will just depend on how much of a breading you want your tofu to have!

Chef’s Tips

  • You can customize the marinade based on your preferences or mood! Feel free to add any seasonings you like, swap out the maple syrup for a little more sesame oil, use teriyaki sauce, or try BBQ sauce for a smoky, tangy tofu.
  • To get truly crispy baked tofu, you need to drain out as much moisture as possible! Drain and press the tofu before adding it to your marinade. After marinating, drain as much of the excess marinade from the tofu as you can.
  • Since tofu absorbs, work quickly to cover every side of each cube in marinade before you let them rest in the marinade. Every side should be covered so that the cornstarch can stick well!
  • Can you cook crispy baked tofu in the air fryer? SURE! I recommend trying it at 380°F for 10 minutes, then flipping and cooking another 5-10 minutes. You can adjust the cook time depending on how crispy you want your tofu.
Crispy baked tofu cubes on a white plate

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 7 votes

Crispy Baked Tofu

Prep 15 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 45 minutes
This is the BEST tofu recipe out there, if you want crispy, golden tofu that's full of flavor and easy to make. This crispy baked tofu creates a golden crust around quick marinated tofu cubes, and it's perfect for dipping or including in any recipe that uses tofu. Delicious.


  • Oven
  • Large bowl
  • food-safe sealable bag gallon-sized
  • baking sheet
  • neutral-flavored cooking spray or parchment paper


  • 16 ounces extra firm tofu cubed
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3-6 tablespoons cornstarch see Notes


  • Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
  • Add tofu cubes, tamari, maple syrup, and sesame oil to large bowl. Mix until well combined. Let rest in bowl at least 5 minutes.
  • Drain tofu. Transfer ⅓ of tofu cubes to zippered freezer bag. Add 1-2 tablespoons cornstarch. Toss to coat.
  • Repeat with remaining tofu and cornstarch, adding more cornstarch as needed.
    Coated tofu cubes in a zippered plastic bag next to a baking sheet lined with tofu cubes
  • Spray baking sheet with plenty of cooking spray, or line with parchment paper. Place tofu cubes on baking sheet.
  • Bake 15 minutes at 400°F. Remove from oven and flip each tofu cube over. Return baking sheet to oven and bake another 15 minutes or until golden brown.
    Crispy baked tofu on a baking sheet next to a small bowl of marinade
  • Remove from oven. Serve hot.
  • Make it Paleo: Substitute arrowroot powder or tapioca starch for cornstarch.
Recipe yields approximately four 4-ounce servings, though the actual number of tofu cubes per serving will depend on the size of tofu cubes you cut. Nutritional values shown reflect information for one serving using tamari and 3 tablespoons cornstarch. Macros may vary slightly based on specific brands and types of ingredients used.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 4ouncesCalories: 113calProtein: 9gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 575mgPotassium: 205mgTotal Carbs: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gNet Carbs: 11gCalcium: 43mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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  1. Fabulous, it changed my ability to serve non tofu lovers: this TOFU! I reduced the sodium by only using 1T tamari and 1T extra oil. Used my hands to mix the sauce and tofu. Gave the option of adding small amt of pasta sauce drizzled on it.5 stars

    1. So happy your non-tofu guests enjoyed this one as much as you did! We love when we can help broaden palates. ☺️ Thank you so much for your kind review, Claire!

  2. This recipe was delicious. My husband asked me to put it in his favorites list. We took the suggestion of another commenter and made a soy, ginger, and maple dipping sauce and it really brought this meal to another level!5 stars

    1. So glad you and your husband loved it! It’s such a great recipe to keep in regular meal rotations! Thanks for sharing, Katie. 😊

      1. Delicious! I cooked in my air fryer and these were both good alone as a snack and in a dish. Thank you so much for sharing!! I’m making again for the 3rd time tonight.5 stars

  3. Excellent recipe. I bake as the recipe states then quickly stir fry them with udon noodles, all tossed in a maple ginger sauce.5 stars

  4. So Far so good! Just flipped them. Olive oil on the baking tray seems to be just fine, no stickers. 🙂

  5. I tried all the methods of baking tofu cubes in order to match the tofu that I used to fry, but this recipe is even tastier and crispier than any fried tofu I’ve ever made and it’s much healthier, too. I’ve substituted nutritional yeast for arrowroot powder and still got great results, just a different flavor.5 stars

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