Basic Roasted Tofu

Most people find tofu to be bland and boring, but I see it as a blank slate that can be dressed up any way desired. This recipe takes a little time, but it is well worth it in the taste department and ludicrously simple to make.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 1 Hour
Cook Time: 45 Minutes


  • 1 or more (16-ounce) containers extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Start by drying the tofu: first pat dry with paper towels, then lay on another set of paper towels or a dish towel.
  2. Put a plate on top of the tofu then put something heavy on the plate (like a large can of vegetables). Leave it there for at least 20 minutes.
  3. While tofu is being pressed, whip up marinade by combining oil, soy sauce, vinegar, and water in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Cut the tofu into squares or sticks. Place the tofu in the marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat toaster oven to 350°F. Line a pan with parchment paper and add as many pieces of tofu as you can, giving each piece adequate space.
  6. Bake 20–45 minutes; tofu is done when the outside edges look golden brown. Time will vary depending on tofu size and shape.

Nutritional Info: Calories: 114, Sodium: 239 mg, Dietary Fiber: 1.1 g, Total Fat: 8.1 g, Total Carbs: 2.2 g, Protein: 9.5 g.


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