Our recipe for Baked Tofu starts with marinating tofu in a sweet and smokey sauce, then popping it in the oven until golden brown. Prep/cook time looks high but the majority is spent either soaking up flavors in the fridge or baking to perfection in the oven. This is a go-to snack for plant-based eaters! It can also be used in a variety of other recipes, including our Vietnamese-Style Spring Rolls With Smoked Tofu.
1/2 cup water
1 package extra firm tofu, pressed
3 tablespoons low sodium tamari
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon liquid smoke, hickory flavor
Cut tofu into 1/2 to 1 inch sized chunks. Place in a sealable plastic bag or container with a lid.
Mix the water, tamari, maple syrup, and liquid smoke in a small bowl.
Pour mixture over the tofu and place the container in the fridge.
Allow the tofu to marinate for 1 to 2 hours (or overnight).
Flip the tofu after one hour to make sure the tofu is evenly marinated.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Evenly space the tofu on the cooking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes then flip the tofu over and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Tofu should be golden brown.
Remove from oven and allow tofu to cool.
Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD
Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD is Founding Director of UC Davis Integrative Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the School of Medicine at the University of California Davis. Blending a life-long passion for food and nutrition with over 20 years of scientific experience in genetic research, Dr. Oliveira is devoted to educating people about how food and lifestyle choices can affect genetic expression–i.e. how genes are turned on and off and either cause disease or promote health. She is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has lived in the US since 2003.