Tofu is a delicious and popular dish not only in Asia. If you are a vegetarian and are looking for how to make baked tofu, you are in the right place. Today, I will instruct you this crispy tofu baked recipe.
1. FAQs When Baking Tofu
What is tofu made of?
Tofu is made of soybean milk/curd. Soybeans are oval-shaped, dry, yellow beans with a butter-like flavor and texture. There are various kinds of Tofu available in the market such as silken tofu; firm regular tofu; extra-firm regular tofu; and prepared tofu. The “extra-firm regular tofu” is suitable for pan-frying, as well as baking in the oven.
Can I eat tofu raw?
Yes, tofu can be eaten raw! You can open a packet of tofu and eat it right away without any seasonings! The reason being that tofu is made with soybeans which are meticulously cleaned and cooked before pressing and packing them. If you want to eat raw tofu opt for the soft-block and silken variety!
That said, irrespective of which variety of tofu you purchase, it is necessary to drain off the extra water present in the tofu block. Another way is to soak the tofu block in a bowl of freshwater just before consuming it.
How do you Press Tofu?
You can press tofu in either of the two methods given below:-
- Paper Towels: Wrap the tofu block with paper towels. Place the wrapped tofu on a chopping board/tray and put a heavy pan/container (for weight) on top. The extracted water will be soaked by the paper towels.
- Tofu Press: There are various metal/plastic tofu presses available in the market. To use that you simply put the tofu in the middle bowl, place the top bowl on the tofu and lock the sides. The bottom bowl will hold the extracted water.
Both the methods to press tofu need 15-30 minutes. The result is a solid & dense textured tofu block which is ready for cutting and cooking.
How to Cut Tofu?
To cut tofu into equal-sized cubes:-
- First, cut the tofu lengthwise in half.
- Flip the tofu holding both pieces together and cut in half again length-wise.
- Then, cut the tofu breadth-wise in half.
- Cut the bread-wise halved portions in halves as well.
2. Baked Tofu Recipe
- A block of extra firm tofu (14-15 ounces)
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 0.25 tsp garlic powder
- 0.25 tsp honey
- 0.25 tsp white wine vinegar
- 2 tsp corn starch
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds (for garnishing)
How Long To Bake Tofu?
It takes around 30 minutes to bake tofu. Prepping the tofu block (which includes pressing it, cutting, and coating with the sauce mixture) requires an additional 25-30 minutes.
Instructions – How To Bake Tofu
Step 1: Begin with prepping the tofu. Open the packet, drain the extra water, press it, and cut into 1-1.5 inches thick cubes.
Step 2: Set the oven for preheating at 400°F. Also, ready the baking sheet pan by lining it with parchment paper or non-stick cooking spray.
Step 3: While the oven preheats, mix the olive oil with soy sauce, garlic powder, honey, and white wine vinegar.
Step 4: Drop the tofu cubes into the sauce mixture and stir gently using a spoon to coat evenly on all sides.
Step 5: Now, add the corn starch to the sauce-coated tofu cubes part by part. Add a teaspoon and cover each tofu cube nicely with it and then add another teaspoon and mix softly again. (* Make sure the corn starch powder is no longer visible)
Step 6: Transfer the well-coated tofu to the lined baking sheet pan. Using a spoon separate each tofu cube from the other. (*The tofu pieces should neither be touching nor overlapping otherwise they won’t crisp up on all sides)
Step 7: Transfer the sheet pan to the preheated oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes. During the baking, take the sheet pan out of the oven at every 10 minutes interval, flip the cubes, and put back into the oven. (*This helps bake and crisp up all the sides evenly; after flipping ensure that no piece is touching/overlapping with one another)
Step 8: Finally, once the tofu cubes look strikingly crisp and golden, take them out of the oven and transfer to a serving dish. Let the baked tofu pieces cool for 5 minutes as cooling helps make it crispier. To serve, sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds on top and enjoy!
Tips When Make Baked Tofu Recipe.
- To sweeten the tofu sauce, you can alternate honey with stevia or organic maple syrup.
- In case you have leftover sauce, you may use it as a dip along with the crispy baked tofu.
- For those who prefer some heat in their crispy snacks, can add white pepper powder, cayenne pepper, or chili flakes in the sauce mixture.
- White wine vinegar can be substituted with rice wine vinegar.
- The corn starch powder is the main ingredient giving the tofu pieces a crisp texture so coating it on all the cubes is essential! You can also use arrowroot powder instead.
This baked tofu recipe is an excellent snack/starter to enjoy directly. Irrespective of how you prefer to have them, the crispy baked tofu cubes taste incredible! You can serve it with your favorite stir-fries, salads, and baked cuisines.