We're newly obsessed with baked tofu at our house! These little squares of chewy goodness are perfect for salads or even a quick snack when we're trying to eat light. Plus, heads up dorm-dwellers - you can do this one in a toaster oven...
What makes baked tofu so great - other than how easy it is to make - are all the different marinades you can use to flavor it. Basic soy sauce is a great standby, but you can also add ginger, mustard, chili-garlic sauce, or anything you might add to a regular marinade.
We've also been experimenting with vinegars for a more tangy flavor and honey for a sweeter treat. After all our citrus talk these past few weeks, we're also eager to try marinades with orange, lime, and lemon juice in them.
Here's a how we've been making our tofu:
1 (16-ounce) block extra firm tofu
1/2 cup soy sauce or other marinade
Drain and rinse the block of tofu. Set it on a clean dish towel (or paper towels) on a rimmed dinner plate. Place another plate on top and weight it down with something heavy, like a handy can of tomatoes or a heavy skillet, to press out some of the excess liquid. Let sit 15 - 30 minutes.
Cut the tofu into pieces. You can do cubes for croutons, sticks for dipping, flat squares to layer on sandwiches, or any other shape you feel like.
Put the cut tofu in a shallow dish, cover with marinade, and let sit for 15 - 30 minutes. Flip the tofu a few times so the marinade is absorbed evenly. The longer you let the tofu sit, the deeper the flavor will be.
Pre-heat your oven (or toaster oven!) to 350-degrees. Cover a baking sheet (or toaster oven insert) with aluminum foil and coat with non-stick spray. Cook the tofu cubes for 10 minutes and then flip them over. Continue cooking and flipping every 10 minutes until the tofu is as baked as you like it, 20 - 45 minutes total.
As you bake, the tofu will shrink, the texture will get chewier, and the flavor will get more concentrated. For salads, we like it baked so it's just toasted on the outside but still silken in the middle. For snacking or dipping, we like to bake it until it's pretty dense and has a good bite.
Anyone have a favorite marinade for baked tofu?