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Sesame Ginger Baked Tofu - Whole Food Plant Based

Okay - so baked tofu without oil isn’t only possible, it’s freaking delish. Even if you're a bacon and eggs type, there's a 94% chance that you will happily eat this tofu.
Author Molly Patrick of Clean Food Dirty Girl

Ingredients

  • 1 package organic extra firm tofu 14oz

Marinade

  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons peeled and grated ginger 8g
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce 30ml
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 30ml
  • 2 tablespoons water 30ml
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds 10g
  • 10 turns of cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Before you do anything, you must get as much liquid out of the tofu as possible. There is such a tool as a tofu press, but I find that a pie pan, a plate and some fruit does the job just fine (my hippie, teepee roots are showing again).
  2. Take the tofu out of the package and rinse with water. Place the block of tofu in the pie pan, cover with a plate and then cover the plate with something heavy, but not so heavy that it squashes the tofu and breaks it apart.
  3. Allow the tofu to set like this for 30 minutes to an hour. You can drain the water and flip the tofu midway to help get as much liquid out as possible.
  4. While this magic is happening, you can make the marinade by placing all the marinade ingredients into a bowl and using a fork to combine.
  5. Once the water has been pressed out of the tofu, cut it into thin slabs. You can make them any size in length you want, just make sure they are at least 1/2 inch thick or so. This is also a good time to preheat your oven to 350° (175°C)
  6. Arrange the pieces of tofu in the same pie pan (but make sure all the water is out of it and the pan is dry) and pour the marinade over the tofu (be sure to add the sesame seeds, the garlic and the ginger along with the marinade. You might think that they will burn, but because they are wet with marinade they will not.)
  7. Now, the tofu can marinate in the fridge overnight, or you can marinate it for as little as 10 minutes and your baked tofu will still be super tasty. Just make sure that you turn over the tofu so that each piece soaks up some marinade.
  8. Now, the next trick is to line a baking sheet with parchment paper so that the tofu doesn't stick to the baking sheet.Place each piece of tofu on the parchment paper in a single layer and bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Flip the tofu over and bake for another 20 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool and dig in, or store in the fridge for up to a week.
  11. Use it for sandwiches, top salads with it, add it to stir fry’s, add it to wraps, or just eat plain as a snack.

Recipe Notes

You can change the marinade if you like, or you can even add some chia seeds to the marinade, just make sure you follow this method, and you will have yummy baked tofu with the perfect consistency every time.