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Easy Baked Tofu Tutorial

I always keep a package of firm tofu in the fridge for an easy, meatless protein. One serving of tofu averages 10 grams of protein. Let me give you a little comparison here…

– 1/2 cup serving of raw firm tofu contains 94 calories
– 4 oz ground beef contains 331 calories
– 1/2 cup of 2% milk has 60 calories
– 4 oz of cheese packs 320 calories

I used to eat a LOT of tofu, tempeh, beans and other vegetarian protein sources. I feel so much better since incorporating a LOT more lean protein into my diet but I still love a good tofu dinner when I’m needing a meatless meal.

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Tonight’s dinner was baked tofu with roasted broccoli and mushrooms and whole wheat couscous with a dollop of hummus to finish it all off. The key to delicious “main dish” tofu is baking the moisture out of it and getting the texture firm and substantial. I can’t count how many requests I’ve received for a tofu tutorial so here we go! Easy baked tofu coming at you now…(#1 tip…buy firm or extra firm tofu!).

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Step 1. 

Drain and press the tofu. Tofu is packaged in water so you want to drain and press the excess water out. You can see how (un)technical I get about this. I put the tofu in a colander and put my cast iron pan on top of it to press it. You do not need to buy a fancy tofu press appliance. I usually leave it to press for 15-20 minutes while I am prepping other dinner stuff.

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Step 2. 

Place drained tofu on a cutting board on it’s shortest side.

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Step 3. 

Slice tofu into thin 1/2 inch slices using a sharp knife.

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Step 4. 

Prep a baking sheet by spraying it with cooking spray. Arrange tofu slices on baking sheet.

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Step 5. 

Season as desired on both sides. You can keep it as simple as salt and pepper here. My personal favorite is a little sea salt and lemon pepper. In this batch I used freshly ground sea salt, Jane’s Mixed Up Basil seasoning and lemon pepper.

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Step 6. 

Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, flipping half way through baking. You want your tofu to be golden and firm to the touch.

Tofu…love, hate or never tried? 

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  • 1
    Kiki February 18, 2014, 11:02 pm

    Thanks Jen! Now I have the courage to try making it 🙂

    • 2
      Jen February 20, 2014, 12:20 pm

      yay! let me know if you try!

  • 3
    Laura February 18, 2014, 11:06 pm

    Love it!!!

  • 4
    Mary Beth February 18, 2014, 11:19 pm

    Love Tofu! this has been my fave recipe lately: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipe/coconut-curried-tofu-and-spinach/ …easy, delicious and crock-pottable: Winner!

    • 5
      Jen February 20, 2014, 12:20 pm

      yum! i love anything coconut curry. thanks for sharing!

  • 6
    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves February 19, 2014, 12:09 am

    I love tofu! We use makeshift tofu presses in our house using pots and colanders also 😉
    My mom sprinkles a little bit of steak seasoning and pepper on tofu and then grills it. It’s awesome!

    • 7
      Jen February 20, 2014, 12:21 pm

      definitely going to try the grill method now that it’s getting warmer!

  • 8
    Tina February 19, 2014, 1:54 am

    Love it! Smoked tofu is my favorite! 🙂

  • 9
    Jenn@Mark My Miles! February 19, 2014, 6:28 am

    YUM! Making this tonight!

  • 10
    Brittany @ proteinandpumps February 19, 2014, 6:56 am

    Tofu is good for a change but not something i necessarily love or could eat all the time.

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    Ashley E February 19, 2014, 7:52 am

    I do love a good tofu recipe! This is so easy, thanks for sharing! My fav is to cut up the tofu into slices and then drown the slices into a thin layer of sauce (usually mustard or something Asian-inspired like stir fry sauce)…then coat both sides in nutritional yeast and some spices. Pop those under the broiler, flipping halfway through, for a total of about 8 minutes and you’ve got a delicious topper for salads or sandwiches! It’s faux-cheesy goodness and is almost “fried”, but actually healthy and protein-packed!

    • 12
      Jen February 19, 2014, 8:50 am

      oh yum. i’m going to try that. thanks!

  • 13
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt February 19, 2014, 8:19 am

    Tofu? Like. If it’s prepared right I like it for the protein it adds to my diet. I rarely love it though and it is pretty easy to get badly prepared tofu. I like to marinade to tofu for more taste!

    • 14
      Jen February 20, 2014, 12:21 pm

      i agree…the seasoning and getting it firm is key!

  • 15
    Rajul February 19, 2014, 8:29 am

    My favorite tofu recipes are broiled blackened tofu (wet the tofu slices with a little bit of soy sauce and roll it in a mixture of spices including dried oregano, cumin, smoked paprika, thyme, cayenne or just in chili powder and then place under broiler for 6-8 minutes on each side and the other is tossing cubes of tofu in cornstarch in a large ziplock bag then pan or deep frying it- toss that into your face stir fry sauce & you have general tso’s tofu!

    • 16
      Jen February 20, 2014, 12:21 pm

      thank you for the suggestions!

  • 17
    Hayley@healthyregardshayley February 19, 2014, 8:30 am

    I love tofu mostly because it takes on whatever flavor you want it to, its cheap, and easy!

  • 18
    Kaitlyn February 19, 2014, 8:39 am

    I love tofu! I don’t cook it much because sometimes it seems like a hassle to prepare compared to other foods.

    • 19
      Jen February 19, 2014, 8:49 am

      doesn’t get simpler than this recipe! 🙂

  • 20
    Ashley February 19, 2014, 11:07 am

    I LOVE tofu but have always been too intimidated to try and make it at home. Thanks for this tutorial – I’m definitely trying this today!

    • 21
      Jen February 20, 2014, 12:22 pm

      let me know how it turns out!

  • 22
    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen February 19, 2014, 11:10 am

    That’s exactly how I make my tofu! Haven’t had it in a while….sounds good!!! 🙂

  • 23
    Lisa @ runnermamablogger February 19, 2014, 12:01 pm

    That tofu looks awesome!

  • 24
    megm February 19, 2014, 2:40 pm

    This looks like a great recipe! I’m a vegetarian and one crucial step that has changed my life is freezing the tofu first. Have you done that before? As soon as I buy it I put it right in the freezer, once frozen I take it out and put it in the fridge to thaw until the day I’m ready to cook with it. It makes a HUGE difference in firmness and texture, in a good way. Let me know if you try it out. Thanks for the recipe!

    • 25
      Jen February 20, 2014, 12:22 pm

      i have heard of that but never tried. thanks so much for reminding me about freezing! i will definitely give it a shot.

  • 26
    Amelia February 19, 2014, 9:32 pm

    I used to eat tofu regularly, but after conducting a bit more research about soy, I have stopped eating it. Note, this is based on my particular body chemistry. I absolutely love the taste and miss it though. It is an easy and quick protein!

    • 27
      Jen February 20, 2014, 12:23 pm

      i have really cut back on how much processed soy i eat but i still love the occasional tofu meal here and there!

  • 28
    Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) February 20, 2014, 7:25 am

    Intimidated by it! But just pinned this in hopes of giving it another try 🙂

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      Jen February 20, 2014, 12:23 pm

      do it girl! so easy!

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    Angela February 22, 2014, 8:03 pm

    I have a quick question–how well does this keep//how do you use up the leftovers? I’m worried it will get soggy the next day or if I try to add to a salad for lunch… etc. Thanks! I’m really excited to try this!

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      Jen February 22, 2014, 8:08 pm

      they reheat really well! i just heat it up in the microwave and use it on sandwiches, in salads, eat plain, etc.

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