Learn how to make the easiest, most delish Baked Tofu with basic pantry staples and a hands-off method. This is our favorite way to turn an affordable plant-based protein into a meal component to share.

baked tofu on purple plate

Baked Tofu Recipe

Whenever I go to an upscale supermarket salad bar, I always get the baked tofu—and I am so delighted to share that it is crazy easy to recreate at home! This Baked Tofu relies on simple pantry staples and a hands-off baking method to make the most delicious cubes of tofu.

This is one of our favorite vegetarian meal options since it is budget-friendly, easy, and pairs well with a range of foods. The flavor is mellow, the texture is easy to chew, and it stores well in the fridge.

This is one of our favorite recipes for tofu for kids because it tastes great, is nutritious, and is so easy.

ingredients in baked tofu

Ingredients You Need

To make this recipe, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • Extra-firm tofu: This style of tofu helps the final result be slightly crispy around the edges.
  • Soy sauce: I prefer reduced-sodium soy sauce.
  • Olive oil
  • Cornstarch: This helps absorb excess moisture.

Ingredient Swaps

You can also use “super-firm” tofu if you see that option in your store. It’s typically packed without water and is even firmer than “extra-firm” tofu.

To make this gluten-free, use tamari in place of soy sauce.

Use coconut oil or avocado oil instead of the olive oil if desired.

draining tofu between towels

How to Prep Tofu for Baking

Cooking with tofu is really easy, and it usually turns out a lot tastier with this one simple step: Drain it as much as possible.

To do that, you’ll drain any liquid in the container, then place the tofu between two clean kitchen towels. Place on a plate (to keep the countertop dry) and put a heavy bowl or plate on top.

Let this sit for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours, and the towels will absorb more of the moisture in the tofu. This results in drier baked tofu, which is a little crispier.

how to make baked tofu step by step

Step-by-Step Instructions

Once you have your tofu prepped, here’s a look at what you’ll do next. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for the full recipe.

  1. Cut the block of tofu into four even slices.
  2. Cut across the slices to make long sticks.
  3. Lay each of the long sticks of tofu down and cut in half. That will leave you with cubes that are about 1-inch thick. (You can also cut 1-inch cubes in any way that makes the most sense to you!)
  4. Place cubes into a bowl and toss with the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Arrange the tofu on a baking sheet—I line mine with parchment paper to make cleanup easy—and bake until golden.

TIP: Find more of my favorite Vegetarian Protein Options here.

tofu cubes on parchment paper

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to pan fry or bake tofu?

It’s really up to you. Typically you can use less oil if you bake the tofu, and you don’t have to monitor the cooking progress during baking like you do during pan frying.

When can kids have tofu?

Kids can have tofu soon after starting solids, or around 6 months. Be sure that any tofu you offer to a baby is very, very soft and easy to gum or chew. (This recipe is best for kids 9+ months; dice up larger pieces of tofu into pea-size ones for kids that age to ensure it’s easy for them to chew.)

What seasoning is good on tofu?

You can keep it basic with olive oil and soy sauce, or add ground ginger, garlic powder, Chinese Five Spice, or really any spice or herb you like.

baked tofu on plate

How to Store

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve chilled from the fridge (this tastes like the marinated baked tofu you commonly find in salad bars!) or warmed slightly.

This could even be an easy lunch component if you made it ahead of time.

cubed tofu on kids plate

Best Tips for Success

  • Drain the tofu between clean kitchen towels for at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours to absorb more of the moisture in the tofu.
  • Use extra-firm or super-firm tofu here for the best results.
  • Bake on parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  • We like this over rice noodles, rice, or quinoa with a side of Peanut Sauce, but it’s very versatile.
  • Cut up into smaller pieces for 1-year-olds or older babies who are not adept at taking bites yet.
  • Try in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • Gluten-free: Use tamari instead of soy sauce.
  • You may also like Tofu Nuggets, Quinoa Patties, Easy Baked Fish Sticks, and Sesame Tofu.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this post, so please comment and rate below!

baked tofu on purple plate

Easy Baked Tofu (to Share with the Kids)

Learn how to make the easiest, most delish Baked Tofu with basic pantry staples and a hands-off method. This is our favorite way to turn an affordable plant-based protein into a meal component to share. We like this over rice noodles, rice, or quinoa, but it's very versatile.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 58 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dinner
Calories 87kcal
Servings 4 -6

Ingredients

  • 12-15 ounces extra-firm tofu block
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and/or dried ginger (optional)

Instructions

  • Open the tofu and drain off the liquid. Place between two clean folded kitchen towels and put a heavy bowl or plate on top. Let sit for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours. This helps remove liquid from the tofu to make it crispier when baked in the oven.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the tofu on a cutting board. Cut into 1-inch cubes by cutting slices, then cutting each slice into strips, and then into cubes.
  • Place tofu onto the prepared baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, soy sauce, cornstarch, and optional spices, if using. Spread tofu out evenly so it's not touching.
  • Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until golden brown. (I don't turn it over—it browns nicely on all sides in my experience.) Remove from oven and serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve chilled from the fridge (this tastes like the marinated baked tofu you commonly find in salad bars!) or warmed slightly.
  • Drain the tofu between clean kitchen towels for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours to absorb more of the moisture in the tofu.
  • Use extra-firm or super-firm tofu here for the best results.
  • Bake on parchment paper for easy clean up.
  • We like this over rice noodles, rice, or quinoa with a side of Peanut Sauce, but it’s very versatile.
  • Cut up into smaller pieces for 1-year-olds or older babies who are not adept at taking bites yet.
  • Try in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • Gluten-free: Use tamari instead of soy sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 87kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 187mg, Potassium: 138mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 1mg
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