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Crispy Baked Tofu

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.
Course Basics, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Meatless Mondays, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 113kcal

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Large bowl
  • Freezer bag
  • Baking sheet
  • Cooking spray or parchment paper

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 575mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg | Net Carbs: 11g