How to Bake Tofu

How to Bake Tofu

Baked tofu is a great addition to any recipe where you may want to add texture or protein. This is not a recipe, per se. Instead, it’s a tutorial for those who are new to tofu and how to bake it. Before we begin, here are some types of tofu available for purchase.

Silken
This tofu has a high water content. It works great for smoothies, dips and even cheesecakes.

Regular
This type is great to use for scramblers (egg-like dishes), soups and in sauces because it does a great job of soaking up the flavor of whatever it is in.

Firm
This one is also great to soak up the flavor of sauces and marinades. It can be fried, baked, etc. It works well to add texture and or protein to your recipe.

Extra firm
Of all the tofu types, this tofu has one of least water contents. It is also great for pan frying and baking. While it does not soak up the flavors of marinades as much of the softer types, it will still take on the flavor of whatever sauce or dressing you may use.

Now onto the reason, you came to this post…. Baking the tofu

1) Start by purchasing Firm or Extra Firm Tofu.
2) Remove from package and discard the water.

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3) Pat dry to remove as much water as possible.
4) Cut the tofu into your desired size.

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5) Pat dry again to remove any additional water.

6) Add about ½ tablespoon of oil to the bottom of your cooking dish.

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7) Add the tofu in a single layer.
8) Drizzle another ½ tablespoon of oil on top of the tofu.

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9) Add the baking dish to a preheated oven that is set to 400 degrees.
10) After 20 minutes, turn the tofu so the other side can be browned.
11) After an additional 20 minutes, your tofu will be cooked.
12) If you prefer a crisper darker version of baked tofu, bake longer.

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Now the baked tofu is ready to add to your dish of choice.

Happy Eatin’

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