Baking TofuSay tofu to any meat eater and they’ll immediately conjure up sandal-wearing brown-rice loving frumps eating tasteless hunks of pasty mush. This barbecued tofu, which is actually just baked, on the other end of the spectrum, is bound to change hearts and minds!

Start with extra firm tofu, marinate for an hour or so (if there’s time) and bake.  It’s great on sandwiches, as a main dish, and yes, with brown rice (checking our feet, we do not have sandals on – phew!).  We like to make it regularly as it makes a quick and easy lunch,.  Leftovers are also great diced in fried rice.


1 Package Extra-Firm Organic Tofu, drained (Make sure it’s organic if you don’t want GMO)

1/4 Cup Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce or Asian Sweet/Ginger/Sesame Dipping Sauce

2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce (Optional)

2 Tbsp. Black Bean Sauce (Optional)

1 Tsp. Peanut or other Cooking Oil



Prepare the Dish and Tofu: Prepare a baking dish by coating the bottom and sides with the oil. Press the tofu between paper towels to remove most of the excess water. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix the BBQ Sauce:   Slice tofu in 1/2 inch slices.  Mix sauce ingredients and spread on tofu.   If you have time, you can let marinate for 1 hour, which will enhance flavor but you can also cook immediately.    

Bake: Bake 15 minutes, turn over and coat top with excess sauce.  Bake 10 minutes additional.  Edges should be crispy and color should be brown.

Enjoy as is or in sandwiches (try our Tofu, Roasted Tomato and Tomatillo version), fried rice, or similar dishes.  Try it out on your meat-eating friends and family.


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