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Baked Tofu

Easy Baked Tofu

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This easy baked tofu comes out irresistibly crispy and seasoned to perfection! Use in stir fries, bowl meals, and more.


  • 1 15-ounce block extra firm tofu*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha (or other hot sauce)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot starch)


  1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Cut the tofu into 3/4-inch cubes (slice the tofu in half into two large rectangles, then into 6 long slices and across 5 times, for 60 pieces total; the exact size may vary based on brand). Place the cubes on a clean dish towel, then gently pat them with a second towel to remove excess moisture.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, liquid smoke, Sriracha and salt. Add the tofu cubes and gently toss with a spatula until coated. 
  4. Place 2 tablespoons cornstarch on a plate and add 1 handful tofu cubes, tossing until coated. Place the cubes onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Continue with additional handfuls of tofu cubes until all are coated, adding the additional cornstarch as you go. This doesn’t have to be perfect: just make sure the pieces are mostly lightly coated.
  5. Bake 30 to 35 minutes without stirring, until the tofu is golden brown and crispy on the outside. Allow to cool 3 to 5 minutes before eating. (Make it ahead or store leftovers for up to 3 days refrigerated. The texture becomes softer in the fridge and it becomes less salty over time. To crisp it up before serving, place it on a baking sheet, sprinkle with a few pinches of salt, and bake a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes until warmed through and crispy on the outside.)


*Make sure the tofu is extra firm for this recipe (firm or soft do not work here).

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Vegan
  • Diet: Vegan

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