Crispy Baked Garlic Tofu

Tofu is baked until crispy  and then tossed in a thick, Chinese-style stir fry garlic sauce.

I’m pretty excited about the extra hour of daylight now that we’re on daylight saving time again. Though it actually feels much longer than one hour. It suddenly feels like I have so much more time. Instead of just cooking dinner after work, I now have time to garden, clean, organize and do a bunch of other house things before it gets dark. In fact, these scallions I used came from the garden.

Mr. K and I both love tofu. It’s so weird seeing my husband excited by anything that is healthy, but every time he sees me making tofu he gets as excited as a kid. He kept asking me if the tofu was ready yet every ten minutes. You’d think I was making cookies.

I love baking tofu until the edges turn crisp. For a little variation, I decided to rework my go-to honey garlic sauce and made a more savory version. This sauce is super garlicky, with minced garlic in nearly every bite. But I really loved how it turned out and will definitely be making it again soon.

Crispy Baked Garlic Tofu

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14 oz) block firm tofu, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch + 5 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Place tofu pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Bake tofu for about 35-40 minutes until golden and crisp around the edges, flipping tofu halfway through.

2. When tofu is almost done, make the sauce. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add garlic, soy sauce, onion powder, brown sugar and sriracha. Add cornstarch and water to a small bowl and mix until cornstarch is fully dissolved. Add the saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil and stir until everything is completely mixed and sauce has thickened. If your sauce is too thick, you can add another 1 tbsp of water to thin it slightly.

3. Add tofu to saucepan and coat with sauce. Serve while warm. You can serve with rice if desired. You can also garnish with fresh chopped scallions.

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16 comments on “Crispy Baked Garlic Tofu”

  1. This reminds me of something I used to cook a lot last year when I was living on campus-so easy and delicious!! One of my faves 🙂 

  2. You may want to mention pressing the tofu for people like me, who don’t know and then ruin it :-/

  3. You squish the excess liquid out of the tofu before cooking it otherwise it’s slimy. Freezing it for an hour after pressing and before cooking also makes it firmer.

    • hmm, I havent had any issues with the tofu being slimy. It does take longer for them to crisp up if you don’t remove excess liquid though

  4. I just made this! However, I did not bake it in the oven because I’m impatient lol. I sprinkled a little salt on the tofu, tossed it in cornstarch, and fried a couple of minutes on each side before tossing it in the sauce. It was phenomenal. Thanks for the recipe!!

  5. 35-40 min In the oven did ruin my tofu. 
    Press it instead. 

    • Pressing is of course an option, but I’ve been cooking tofu this way with no issues for a long time. Perhaps the tofu consistency and water ratio is a little different where you are coming from? I noticed you are writing in from Denmark and I know that ingredients can be really different from country to country.

  6. I’ve been making tofu for awhile now, and I’ve found the best way to prep it is as follows:
    Ahead of time, take it out of it’s container and put it a new dry container or ziploc and freeze it. Let it thaw in the fridge the night before you plan to cook it. Now you can be really rough with it and squeeze the liquid out like a sponge. For some reason this makes the tofu nice and tough and chewy, as opposed to just pressing it between plates beforehand.

  7. You get an A+ on this dish! I’m new to tofu and I must admit, I wasn’t really liking it until now. This is delectable! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.
    Yvetta

  8. once I realized tofu is bland by itself and takes on the flavors of seasonings and sauces you can do anything. I pan fry slices and pour syrup over and eat like a pancake.. it’s delicious and quick.

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