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Crispy Baked Tofu with Ginger Soy Sauce

White bowl with crispy tofu drizzled with sauce and sprinkled with green onions and sesame seeds, plated with a fork.

This crispy baked tofu paired with a homemade ginger soy sauce is a better-than-takeout dish you can make at home. As an easy plant-based dish, it’s perfect to serve on a salad, over rice or with your favorite combination of vegetables.

If you’re looking to eat less meat and more plant-based protein sources, tofu is a great option. While tofu may seem intimidating to prepare, it’s actually pretty easy when you follow these steps.

How to Prepare Tofu:

  1. Lie a cutting board or baking sheet with paper towels.
  2. Cut tofu in half and place on top of paper towels. Add additional paper towels on top of tofu.
  3. Place a semi-heavy item, like a cast iron skillet or baking sheet topped with a few canned goods, on top and leave for 15-30 minutes to press out excess moisture. The longer you press tofu, the firmer the texture.

Nutrition Tip: Like meat, soy is a high-quality protein. That means it has all of the essential amino acids (protein building blocks) that the body needs to get from food. Research suggests that eating soy during childhood might help protect against breast cancer in adulthood

Crispy baked tofu in white bowl with whole green onions and a small bowl of sauce in background

Once you press out your tofu, cut into bite-sized pieces and bake until golden brown and slightly crispy around the edges. Then toss in the homemade ginger soy sauce for a delicious dish!

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Fork digging into a white bowl with crispy tofu drizzled with sauce and sprinkled with green onions and sesame seeds
Crispy Tofu with Ginger Soy Sauce

Crispy Tofu with Ginger Soy Sauce

This crispy baked tofu paired with a homemade ginger soy sauce is a better-than-takeout dish you can make at home. As an easy plant-based dish, it’s perfect to serve on a salad, over rice or with your favorite combination of vegetables.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 oz.) block extra firm tofu, drained
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup (plus 3 Tbsp.) water, divided
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. dried ginger
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • Sliced green onions and sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut tofu in half. Place paper towels on cutting board and place tofu on top. Cover with more paper towels and place something semi-heavy like a cast iron skillet on top. Press 15 minutes to drain excess moisture.
  3. Cut tofu into cubes and toss with oil and salt. Place tofu on baking sheet so they’re not touching.
  4. Bake 30-40 minutes, flipping halfway through, until crispy.
  5. Meanwhile in small skillet over medium heat, heat garlic, rice vinegar, soy sauce, water, brown sugar and ginger. Bring to a boil.
  6. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 3 tsp. cold water. Mix well.
  7. Whisk cornstarch slurry into garlic soy sauce until thickened. Reduce heat to low until ready to use.
  8. Serve tofu with ginger soy sauce topped with green onions and sesame seeds.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 441mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g

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Jodi Danen

About the Author

Jodi Danen

Jodi Danen is a registered dietitian and mother of two elementary-aged budding chefs. She is the voice of Create Kids Club, a food and nutrition blog for parents who desire healthy family meals but are short on time. Her recipes are simple to prepare, have a short ingredient list, and focus on fresh foods. With her background in school nutrition, she is passionate about getting children in the kitchen cooking at young ages & believes this is key to forming healthy habits for life.

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