August 30, 2018

Teriyaki Baked Tofu

Fluffy, golden cubes of baked tofu generously tossed in an easy, homemade Teriyaki sauce that's sweet, savory, and so delicious! One of our very favorite tofu recipes! (Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free.)

This quick & easy homemade teriyaki sauce is the perfect way to jazz up the beautiful blank palette that is tofu! Simply toss some plain tofu cubes in the oven, and while they're baking to perfection, you can whip up the flavorful teriyaki sauce so it's ready and waiting to coat those golden cubes when they're hot out of the oven. (Warning: we find them a bit addicting!)

I love serving them on a bed of warm brown rice or quinoa and simple steamed veggies on the side. (Broccoli is an amazing pairing!) It's a great recipe to make even for those who may not normally enjoy tofu because of the huge flavor punch from the sauce (and awesome texture of baked tofu). Hope you enjoy as much as we do!

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Vegan, gluten-free (with tamari), oil-free

14 oz. extra-firm tofu
Optional for serving: rice, quinoa, sliced green onions, sesame seeds

{For the teriyaki sauce}
1/4 cup tamari (or soy sauce)
2 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar (or 3 Tbsp. maple syrup)
1/3 cup vegetable broth or water
2 tsp. rice vinegar
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. ginger, freshly grated
1 Tbsp. corn starch (or arrowroot or other thickener)

Preheat oven to 375.
Place parchment paper (or Silpat) on a baking sheet.
Gently squeeze some of the excess liquid from the tofu. (I place mine between a couple kitchen towels and lightly press down for about 15 seconds.)
Cut tofu in about 3/4-inch cubes and place in single file on baking sheet.
Bake tofu 25-30 minutes, flipping/stirring halfway through.
While tofu is baking, place all teriyaki ingredients in a bowl and whisk well to combine.
When there's about 5-10 minutes baking time remaining for the tofu, start warming the teriyaki sauce.
In a skillet over med-high heat, whisk teriyaki sauce once more and add to skillet. Stir occasionally with a spatula.
When tofu is done, carefully add baked cubes to skillet with sauce.
Stir frequently to coat the tofu cubes until sauce thickens (about 5-6 minutes).
Serve as is, or with rice, quinoa, in veggie bowls, with stir-fry, etc.!

If serving with rice or quinoa, begin cooking that before the tofu to be sure it's done when you're ready to serve!
This is a pretty forgiving sauce recipe - feel free to play around with your own favorite flavors (more/less ginger & garlic, or try coconut sugar in place of brown sugar, etc.)

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  1. I just made this - it was so easy, and the sauce was PERFECT! I never have luck with my sauces thickening right and this one worked amazingly. I sauteed some veggies and added it to to the tofu mix, too. Made a killer rice bowl :D Thanks so much for the recipe!!

    1. Hi Olivia!! Yay, so excited you gave this a try and enjoyed! And LOVE that you went full on rice bowl with it! :) Thanks for your sweet feedback and have a beautiful rest of the week! -Kaitlin