Tofu is a delicious and popular dish not only in Asia. If you are a vegetarian and are looking for the best way to cook tofu, you are in the right place. Today, we will instruct you to make a crispy baked tofu recipe simple and easy to do at home.
1. How To 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 soak with 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 that is ready for cutting and cooking.
2. Crispy 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)
Instructions – How To Cook Tofu in Oven
Step 1: 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 2: While the oven preheats, mix the olive oil with soy sauce, garlic powder, honey, and white wine vinegar.
Step 3: Drop the tofu cubes (pressed and cut into 1-1.5 inches thick cubes) into the sauce mixture and stir gently using a spoon to coat evenly on all sides.
Step 4: Now, add the corn starch to the sauce-coated tofu cubes part by part. Add a teaspoon, cover each tofu cube nicely with it, and then add another teaspoon and mix softly. (* Make sure the corn starch powder is no longer visible)
Step 5: 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 6: Transfer the sheet pan to the preheated oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes. During the baking, take the sheet pan out of the oven every 10 minutes interval, flip the cubes, and put it 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 7: Finally, once the tofu cubes look strikingly crisp and golden, take them out of the oven and transfer them to a serving dish. Let the baked tofu pieces cool for 5 minutes, as cooling helps make it crispier.
Sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds on top and enjoy! Also, you can serve it with your favorite stir-fries, salads, and baked cuisines.
This baked tofu recipe is an excellent snack/starter to enjoy directly. After reading this article, you will feel that How To Cook Tofu is not as difficult as you think; good luck and successful implementation of this dish.
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