Crispy Baked Tofu Recipe
Tofu is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes. Crispy baked tofu is a great vegan alternative to chicken nuggets or fish sticks. It is a healthy and delicious option that can be enjoyed with dipping sauces or as a topping for salads, bowls, or sandwiches.
Growing up, my family used to have a tradition of having a weekly meatless dinner. We would try different vegetarian recipes and explore new flavors. Crispy baked tofu was one of the dishes that we enjoyed the most. It was crunchy, flavorful, and satisfying. Even my siblings who were skeptical about tofu, loved it! I have continued to make this recipe as an adult and it has become a staple in my meal planning.
- 1 block of extra-firm tofu
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
- cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C.
- Drain the tofu and press it between paper towels or a clean kitchen towel to remove excess water.
- Cut the tofu into bite-size pieces and place them in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
- Add the dry mixture to the tofu and toss until the tofu is coated evenly.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
- Place the tofu pieces on the baking sheet, leaving some space between them.
- Spray the top of the tofu pieces with cooking spray.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping the tofu halfway through, until golden brown and crispy.
Crispy baked tofu can be served as an appetizer, snack, or main dish. It can be paired with different dipping sauces such as sweet chili sauce, peanut sauce, or ranch dressing. It can also be added to salads, rice bowls, wraps, or sandwiches for an extra protein boost. This recipe is perfect for vegans, vegetarians, or anyone who wants to try a healthier alternative to fried food.