3 Easy-to-Make Baked Tofu Recipes

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3 Easy-to-Make Baked Tofu Recipes

These baked tofu recipes are an easy introduction to the world of cooked tofu.

Tofu is a go-to accompaniment to a plant-based diet. It is packed with protein, making it great for vegans and vegetarians alike. It’s also incredibly versatile and can be altered according to your taste and texture preferences. 

Baked Tofu Recipes

1. Crispy Salad Topping

Serves 4

Add these crispy tofu cubes to any salad and benefit from plant-based protein, at its finest.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Dash of sea salt

Directions

Remove the tofu from packaging and use paper towels or a clean dish cloth to pat it dry.

Line a plate with the towels and set the tofu atop. Place another plate on top of the tofu and something heavy on top of the plate, enough to weigh it down. This presses excess liquid from the tofu. Let it press for up to 30 minutes.

Remove the tofu and cut into cubes. In a bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Add the tofu cubes and fold the ingredients together, until the cubes are well coated. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and let the cubes marinate overnight, or for at least 1 hour. Occasionally fold the mixture lightly to ensure an even spread of the marinade.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once well marinated, take the cubes and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Make sure none of the cubes are overlapping or touching. Bake until crisp or slightly puffed. The baking time will vary depending on the size of your cubes but will generally take around 25-45 minutes. Toss occasionally while baking.

2. Tofu Fries

Serves 2

They do exist!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces extra-firm tofu
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of black pepper
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the tofu block into fries-like shapes, making them about ½-inch thick and 2-3-inches long. Line a plate with a paper towel and place the fries atop the paper towel in one layer. Cover with another plate and something to weigh the top plate down, squeezing the water out of the tofu fries. After 15 minutes, remove the tofu fries and set aside.

In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, cayenne, and garlic powder. Mix. In an assembly line-like fashion, dip the tofu sticks into the egg mixture and transfer to the breadcrumbs mixture, making sure to coat the fries on all sides. Place the fries on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Bake the fries in the oven for 10 minutes, or until crispy. Enjoy with your condiments of choice!

3. Spinach Casserole

Serves 4

Full of veggies and spice, this spinach casserole is as light as it is decadent, thanks to tofu!

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup crimini mushrooms, chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups vegan milk
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 12 ounces silken tofu

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a pot over medium-high heat, add the onion, garlic, mushrooms, and olive oil. Cook until the onion turns translucent; about 5 minutes. Add the flour and stir until pasty. Add the vegan milk and broth and continue to stir until creamy and thickened. Add the cumin, turmeric, chili, coriander, and nutritional yeast. Season with salt and pepper. Stir until at a simmer and then remove the pot from the heat. Add in the spinach, rice, and tofu.

Transfer to a 9×13-inch pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the top is lightly crisp and the mixture is bubbly and piping hot. Enjoy warm or cold the next day!

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