Baked Tofu

Sesame tofu
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  • 4 hrs 40 mins
  • Prep: 4 hrs,
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

Baked tofu is simple to make and healthy, and it can be used in so many kinds of dishes. Serve baked tofu with steamed veggies and rice, make a baked tofu sandwich layered with veggies and spreads, serve it over a salad, or just eat it as it is!

NOTE: this recipe calls for Chinese-style extra firm tofu, which is the kind of tofu that you'll find water-packed in a refrigerated section of the grocery store. Silken tofu, the kind that usually comes in 12.3-ounce boxes and can be stored on the shelf or in the fridge, will not work for this recipe. Confused? Read more about the different kinds of tofu.

What You'll Need

  • 1 lb. Chinese-style extra firm tofu, pressed
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 T. dark sesame oil (often referred to as toasted sesame oil)
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 1 t. minced fresh ginger
  • 2 T. white sugar (or, alternatively, agave nectar or maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

How to Make It

  1. Slice the pressed tofu horizontally into sixteen pieces (each will be about 1/4 " thick), then slice lengthwise down the middle so that you have about 32 2-inch squares. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, sugar and sesame seeds, stirring until well mixed. Pour a small amount of the mixture into a casserole dish or baking dish. Place all of the tofu squares into the dish in a single layer, then pour the remaining marinade over the tofu. Place the pan in the refrigerator and allow tofu to marinate for 4 hours to overnight, flipping the tofu once to twice to make sure that it evenly marinates.
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Lightly oil a cookie sheet or baking pan and, using a spatula, transfer the marinated tofu onto the pan, spacing the pieces so that they do not touch one another. Bake for 30-40 minutes, flipping once half-way through, or until the tofu reaches the desired texture. (The longer you bake the tofu, the firmer, denser, chewier, and crispier it will become; the less you bake it, the softer it will be.) Allow tofu to cool for a minute or two on the pan before serving. Serve hot or cold.