Meatless Monday

Baked Tofu

Baked tofu is my favorite way to prepare tofu. It takes some time, but the beautiful texture is worth the prep and wait. The honey in the marinade helps to caramelize outside, while the sesame oil adds a beautiful aroma. Change up the seasoning by adding chili peppers and garlic powder, or keep it simple with just olive oil and pepper. No need to add salt when using soy sauce in the marinade. Serve it with your favorite stir-fried vegetables or use in any dish in which you would normally use tofu.

tofu

Enjoy!

Ingredients (approximately):

  • 1 (14 ounce) block of firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ground black pepper
  • cayenne pepper (spicy) or paprika (sweet)
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds

Method:

  • Remove the tofu from the packaging.
  • To press the water from the tofu, wrap it in a couple of sheets of paper towel and place it on a plate. Place a second plate on top of the tofu and weigh it down with one to or cans of soup.  After approximately 15 minutes replace the paper towel with new, dry sheets and press the water out for another 15 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • Cut the tofu in 1 inch squares.
  • In a deep dish stir together the soy sauce, olive oil, sesame oil and honey.
  • Add seasoning and sesame seeds to the soy/oil mixture.
  • Add the tofu to the spiced oil mixture and marinate for 15 minutes.
  • Arrange the tofu pieces on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  • Bake the tofu in the center of the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, turning once after 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

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