Monday, February 10, 2014

Three Ways To Season Baked Tofu


I am a huge fan of baked tofu. It's one of my favorite add-in foods to stir-frys, rice dishes, and salads. I like the chewy texture and the extra flavor it brings to a dish.  There are endless ways to season tofu, I will share three of my favorite recipes here.  




The first two options are the ones I use most often. My husband and son like the second version with  the liquid smoke the best. 
Each recipe is marinated and cooked the same, but I typed them so that they could be printed individually if desired.

The following two recipe ideas are originally from Allrecipes.com.
Seasoned Baked Tofu
1 16 oz package firm or extra firm tofu, excess water removed and cut into cubes.
1/4 cup soy sauce, I used gluten free. San J Gluten Free Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup or agave syrup.
1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar, apple cider is a fine substitute.
dash of hot sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Mix together in a small bowl and pour over tofu cubes. Marinate 30 minutes or up to several hours.
Place marinated cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes. I like to turn mine over half way through the baking time.

Smoky Seasoned Baked Tofu
1 16 oz package firm or extra firm tofu, excess water removed and cut into cubes.
1/4 cup soy sauce, I used gluten free. San J Gluten Free Soy Sauce.
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup or agave syrup.
1 Tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
dash of hot sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2-1 tsp liquid smoke flavoring

Mix together in a small bowl and pour over tofu cubes. Marinate 30 minutes or up to several hours.
Place marinated cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes. I like to turn mine over half way through the baking time.


On The Mild Side Baked Tofu
1 16 oz package firm or extra firm tofu, excess water removed and cut into cubes.
6 Tbsp soy sauce, I used gluten free. San J Gluten Free Soy Sauce.
4 Tbsp honey or agave syrup.
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
1 tsp ground ginger
2 garlic clove, crushed

Mix together in a small bowl and pour over tofu cubes. Marinate 30 minutes or up to several hours.
Place marinated cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes. I like to turn mine over half way through the baking time.



Here are some steps to preparing the tofu:
Remove tofu from package and drain water out. Wrap in a clean dish cloth and set something heavy on top of wrapped tofu. Let sit for about 15-30 minutes.




Remove tofu from dish towel and it should look sponge like.







Cut into 1/2 inch cubes. If you like smaller cubes, you can always cut them after baking. I find they are easier to handle a little larger. Mine might even be close to 3/4 inch cubes.





And they are ready to marinate.





I like to marinate the cubes in a container with a tight fitting lid, that way I can flip the container over several times during the marinating time to evenly coat all sides.






Flip container over to coat tofu evenly.





Place marinated pieces on baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes, turning over half way through if desired.





Tofu is seasoned, baked and ready to eat!!





Serve with noodle dishes, like Pad Thai…






rice dishes…...




                                                    and stir-fry dishes.



Enjoy!

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