How to Bake Tofu




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As far as I'm concerned, the best way to cook tofu is to bake it! You can get exactly the texture you want without having to fry it or stand over a pan forever. The other bonus to baking it is that you're able to touch the tofu less, so you'll have prettier whole pieces at the end!

Baking tofu is great for weeknight dinners as well! While the tofu is baking, you can throw some seasoned carrots, broccoli, onion, peppers, etc. on another baking sheet (Really, whatever you'd like to go with the tofu!) to bake as well. Then you just have to cook some rice or noodles to go with! And BAM, you've got a super easy dinner in under an hour. :D

I'll probably post an instructable over the tofu rice bowls as well - just too good not to!

Step 1: Ingredients + Tools

  • 16 oz block of firm or extra-firm tofu
  • parchment paper
  • baking sheet
  • and oven set to 425 F / 220 C
  • whatever you'd like to marinate the tofu with

See step four for more information about marinating the tofu. :D

Step 2: Press the Tofu

If you've never done this before, check out my instructable over how to press tofu.

Press the tofu for at least 15-20 minutes. An hour is great if you have time!

We're pressing the tofu to get rid of as much water as possible. Without the water in the tofu, we have more room for delicious marinades! :D

Step 3: Cut the Tofu and Preheat the Oven

You can technically cut the tofu into whatever size pieces you like. I personally prefer to cut the tofu into 8 slices, and then cut each of those slices into 3 pieces. This make nice bite size pieces.

Keep two things in mind here:

  1. Make sure to cut your pieces so they'll all the same size. If you have some that are teeny and some that are huge, they won't cook at the same time.
  2. The larger you cut the pieces of tofu, the longer they will take to bake.

Preheat the oven to 425 F / 220 C.

Step 4: Marinate the Tofu

You can really flavor your tofu however you want! If you'd like to use garlic or herbs in your marinade, I recommend combining all the ingredients and then heating it in the microwave or on the stove top until it boils to get the most flavor.

You also won't want to mince the garlic - just crush a whole clove and put it in the marinade! You'll want to pull the garlic out before putting the tofu in the oven as it will burn badly and taste quite awful.

Here's the marinade I'm using today:

  • 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1-2 teaspoons grated ginger

If you'd like to make you own marinade, use these amounts as a guide:

  • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil of choice
  • 2-3 tablespoons of other liquid or wet flavorings like vinegar, fruit juice, pre-made sauces, etc
  • 1 tablespoon or less of herbs, spices, or aromatics

If you're making your own marinade, make sure to taste it before you pour it over the tofu to make sure it's good! I like to use my hands to mix the tofu in the marinade - trying to use utensils almost always ends up with the tofu crumbling!

I always try to marinate for at least 10-15 minutes, but if you have longer it will taste even better.

Step 5: Baking the Tofu

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place tofu on top so there's space between each piece.

Bake the tofu for 15 minutes in a 425 F / 220 C oven, and then take the baking sheet out and flip the tofu over.

Bake for another 15 minutes then and then check it!

I like my tofu nice and crispy on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside so I tend to go a little longer (ten minutes) than a half hour! If you like softer tofu, a half hour will be pretty perfect for you. :)

This tofu is amazing as a snack. You can serve it plain or with a dipping sauce - I normally just eat it right off the baking sheet. And as I said in the intro, this baked tofu is great to add to rice or noodles or even into stir fries. :D

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3 years ago

Making the second batch right now. Thanks! (Would love to see a writeup on the rice bowl as well...)


3 years ago

I use the toaster oven to bake the tofu whilst everything else is going on for the following reasons.

1) I don't have to worry about burning it, because the oven goes off when the timer goes off.

2) It doesn't heat up the whole kitchen like the regular oven.

3) I suppose it is more energy efficient than heating up the whole oven.


3 years ago

This sounds delicious! Dinner solved! Thanks, I love crispy tofu but hate frying it and the only baked tofu I've had is the kind that is evenly cooked throughout. I use it as a cheese substitute. Why I never made the jump to cutting it into smaller pieces, upping the oven temp and making those delicious crispy pieces I love remains a mystery. You have connected the dots and my tastebuds rejoice!


3 years ago

To get very firm tofu, slice open package at one end, drain out the water, slice tofu while in the container a few times, squeeze out remaining water, put in freezer upside down so more water can drain out while freezing.


3 years ago

As always, amazing job! Looking forward to trying this with the tofu in my fridge!


3 years ago

Excellent instructable. Not too much, not too little. I followed the directions. Results awesome! I've tried the rest and this is the best!

1 reply

Reply 3 years ago

Woohoo! I'm happy you liked it. Thanks for giving it a go. :D


3 years ago

It looks nice

li james

3 years ago

i like eating tofu ,