Jan 14, 2018 | by Lisa Reynoso
Tofu is a ubiquitous vegan food. It’s naturally bland and absorbs flavors easily. This recipe is a basic template; change the shape, add your favorite marinade or not. Have fun experimenting!
1 block extra firm tofu*
- Preheat Oven to 350°F
- Cut the block into 1/4” slices or into cubes or triangles. If desired, soak in marinade for a while, flipping part way through. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Flip and bake another 10 minutes, or until more or less crispy on all sides.
- Serve as is for dipping in your favorite sauce (such as Sweet and Sour Sauce or BBQ sauce), or add to stir fry. Can also be marinated after baking.
* If you cannot get extra-firm tofu, get the firmest block you can (I usually press the medium firm ones I get from Costco) and press it between two plates with a weight on top for 30 minutes or so to extract extra liquid and get a firmer tofu. The more liquid in the tofu, the longer it takes to bake.
Chef’s note: Tofu is very mild and bland on its own. Some people (especially children) enjoy the mild taste, which is slightly intensified by baking, and is great for dipping in your favorite sauce. Other people need tofu to be seasoned first. Choices for marinades are only limited by your imagination.