Crispy Baked Tofu
Crispy, golden tofu cubes are baked instead of fried. They are great as a snack, mixed into salads or as a meat substitute for popular Asian dishes.
One of my favorite things to eat is crispy tofu. You’ll often see it as a street food snack, sprinkled with some spicy seasoning or drizzled with a sweetened soy sauce. It’s also a great substitute for meat in many popular Asian dishes. I particularly love cooking it with garlic sauce.
For this version, I kept it really simple. I’ve been working on my baked tofu technique. These tofu cubes came out golden and crispy. I drizzled them with a sweet soy sauce and topped them with some fresh scallions.
Whenever I make crispy tofu, it never lasts more than a few minutes. Next time I need to remember to make a bigger batch!
- 1 12 oz block extra firm tofu
- 1 green scallion finely sliced
sweet soy sauce
- 4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 4 tbsp light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp sriracha
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Drain water from tofu container and dry the surface of the tofu with a paper towel. Loosely wrap the block of tofu with a few paper towels or a tea towel. Place something heavy on top of the tofu in order to press down on the tofu to release more water. I used a large 28 oz can of tomatoes. Whatever you use, you want it to apply pressure evenly across the surface of the tofu. The heavy object should apply enough pressure to squeeze out some of the water but not so heavy that it will crack and break your tofu.
Let the tofu be pressed for about 30 minutes. When it is almost ready, preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
After 30 minutes, pat your tofu dry and slice into approximately 1/2 inch x 1 inch rectangles. Place tofu pieces onto baking sheet.
Bake tofu for about 30 minutes. Flip tofu pieces over and bake another 5-10 minutes or until tofu is crispy on all sides. Remove tofu from oven and allow to cool.
While tofu is cooking, make your sauce. Add all sauce ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, until sauce has slightly thickened and reduced in half. Stir occasionally while allowing the sauce to simmer to keep everything evenly mixed and prevent sugar from clumping. Allow the sauce to cool. As the sauce cools, it will thicken even more, turning almost syrup-like.
Drizzle tofu with sauce and garnish with scallions.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.
Crispy Baked Tofu
Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 47
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.2g 8%
Saturated Fat 0.7g 4%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.4g
Sodium 530mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 12.8g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6%
Protein 11.4g 23%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.