I suddenly realized that baked tofu is quite expensive--nearly $5 for two little pieces! The cheapest I've found it so far is at Trader Joe's for about $3.50. It occurred to me one day that this high cost was in fact rather odd, since plain old tofu is really cheap. I can buy a whole pound of it for just over a dollar. So, I thought, why don't I try to bake my own tofu and save a ton of money?
There are a number of recipes out there, but they all consist of marinating the tofu in your choice of flavorings and then baking tofu pieces in the oven. Easy! I made this version recently---a slight variation of an allrecipes.com recipe.
- 1 package firm tofu
- 1/4 cup soy sauce (or substitute some soy sauce for teriyaki)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1/2 teaspoon crushed raw garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- hot sauce to taste
- Slice your tofu into 1/2 inch sections. With a towel, slightly press on the tofu until it releases any moisture. (You can leave a heavy plate on top of it for awhile, but I just use my hands.) Cut the slices into 1/2 inch cubes.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients into a bowl (or directly into the container you will use to marinate the tofu). Add the tofu cubes and stir to coat.
- Let marinate for at least 5 minutes, or up to over night.
- Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with a non-stick spray (or next time I will try covering a baking sheet in foil--I'm still scrubbing the last pan) and arrange tofu in a single layer.
- Bake tofu for 10 minutes and then toss the cubes, allowing a new surface of each one to touch the pan. Repeat every 10 minutes until tofu is golden and slightly cripsy on some sides---30 to 40 minutes.