Ahhhh tofu. Before I went vegan, tofu was the most disgusting thing on this planet. Now me and tofu are lovers. Like anything you else eat you must give your tofu flavor! Of course plain tofu is gross. But most things unseasoned and raw are not that great. This baked tofu is easy to make and delicious. If you don’t eat soy, I think this would work great with cauliflower or even chickpeas!
Before we get into the recipe you must use firm or extra firm tofu. Extra firm is ideal but using silken or medium firm tofu won’t work.
1/2 block extra firm tofu
1/3 cup of water
1/4 cup of soy sauce or tamari
1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional if you don’t like spicy)
First begin by pressing your tofu. Wrap it in two paper towels and place a heavy pan with some cans on it. Set aside for 5-15 minutes and the water in the tofu will be absorbed by the paper towel. I like to wring my paper towel out and then pat the tofu dry one more time. Cut the tofu into cubes. Make the sauce by mixing all the ingredients together. Place the tofu in a container and then use half the sauce to cover it. Cover the container and shake it around. You can set that in the fridge for at least a half hour. FOR MAXIMUM FLAVOR leave it either overnight.
To bake set oven to 400F or 200C. Take marinated tofu and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cook for 20 minutes then flip. Cook for another 10 minutes. Then you have three options. 1. You can eat the tofu like this. 2. You can dip it back in the leftover sauce and then eat it like that. 3. You can dip it back in the sauce then put it back in the oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes to get it a little bit more crispy. If you marinated for a longer time the tofu will have more flavor you may not need to dip it back in the sauce. If you do a quick marinating session 30 mins to an hour you will probably want to do options 2 or 3.
Then I like to pair this with some rice, kale and cucumbers. Top the tofu with sesame seeds and that’s it!
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