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Sweet and Savory BBQ Tofu

Sweet and Savory BBQ Tofu

Savory, sweet, and as spicy as you choose, this quick and easy BBQ Tofu recipe can turn anyone into a Tofu eater. This simple yet extremely tasty recipe can be served as an appetizer or as a perfect main course loaded with protein.

What you need to make Sweet and Savory BBQ Tofu:

Ingredients for Sweet and Savory BBQ Tofu

How to make Sweet and Savory BBQ Tofu:

Drain moisture from tofu

Slice the block of tofu into 2 slabs. We prefer to use extra firm tofu since it has less water in it than firm tofu. Place a dishtowel on a plate and place the tofu in a single layer. Wrap the tofu slabs in the dishtowel and place something heavy, like a cast iron skillet, on top. The weight will help press out any moisture and the towel will absorb the released moisture. Let the tofu drain for 20-30 minutes.

cut the tofu

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. When cutting your tofu, the first cut should have already been done in the draining process. For the second and third cut: cut the tofu into strips and then dice again in the opposite direction.

sprinkle corn starch

Transfer the cubed tofu to a medium size mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil and 1 tablespoon soy sauce. Toss gently to combine. The secret ingredient here is to use corn starch – as it absorbs the moisture while giving the tofu that crispy exterior. Sprinkle the starch over the tofu. We like using a sifter or strainer for this because the starch gets evenly distributed and you won’t end up with clumps.

toss the tofu

Toss the tofu until the starch is evenly coated and there are no powdery spots remaining.

bake the tofu

Tip the mixing bowl containing the tofu over onto your prepared baking sheet and organize in an even layer. Bake in the preheated 400 degrees oven for 25 to 30 minutes, tossing halfway, until the tofu is deeply golden around the edges.

reduce the BBQ sauce

While the tofu is baking is a good time to reduce the sauce. In a small saucepan add the BBQ sauce, sriracha, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, powdered ginger and garlic powder. Reduce over medium low heat for 10-15 minutes. The sauce should be thick enough to stay on the tofu. You can do a spoon test by dipping the spoon in the sauce to see if the sauce will stick without too much dripping off.

combine BBQ sauce and tofu

Toss the baked tofu and reduced BBQ sauce in a bowl, mix to coat. There may be sauce leftover that you can use for dipping. Next, empty the tofu back onto the baking sheet in a single layer. Place under the broiler for a few minutes or until the sauce starts to caramelize. Watch carefully as the tofu will burn quickly.

tofu looks amazing

Garnish with scallions, cilantro or toasted sesame seeds. Serve with jasmine rice and your favorite green vegetable.

FAQS

Can you bake tofu instead of frying it?
crispy baked tofu

Yes! Baking tofu instead of frying it eliminates the use of oil, which reduces the amount of fat consumed. You are still able to achieve an amazing crunchy texture by using the broiler after baking.

How do you know when tofu is spoiled?

Typically, once a container of tofu is opened it can last 3-5 days in the refrigerator, as long as it is stored properly in an air tight container. Signs of spoilage can be visible on the surface such as mold or discoloration, or you might start to smell something sour or rotten.

Does tofu contain protein?

Yes, tofu is a great plant based source of protein, with about 15 grams of protein per 4 oz serving. Tofu contains all nine essential amino acids that your body can’t make on its own. All that protein does a great job of making you feel full for longer.

Sweet and Savory BBQ Tofu

Sweet and Savory BBQ Tofu

Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Savory, sweet, and as spicy as you choose, this quick and easy BBQ Tofu recipe can turn anyone into a tofu eater.

Ingredients

  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Honey Hickory Smoke BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Sriracha (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Ginger
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • 1 scallion, chopped (optional)

Instructions

Drain tofu:

Slice tofu into 3 lengthwise slabs. Place a dish towel on a plate and place tofu in single layer. Wrap in dish towel and place a heavy cast iron skillet on top. Let tofu rest for 30 mins.

Prepare for baking:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent the tofu from sticking.
  2. Transfer tofu to cutting board and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
  3. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and drizzle with the olive oil and 1 tablespoon soy sauce. Toss to combine. Sprinkle the corn starch over the tofu, and toss until the corn starch is evenly coated.
  4. Tip the bowl of tofu over onto your prepared baking sheet and arrange the tofu in an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes, tossing the tofu halfway, until the tofu is deeply golden around the edges.
  5. While the tofu is baking, add the BBQ sauce, sriracha, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, powdered ginger and garlic powder to a small saucepan. Reduce over medium low heat for 10-15 minutes. The sauce should be thick enough to stay on the tofu.
  6. Toss the baked tofu and the reduced BBQ sauce in a bowl, mix to coat. Next, empty the tofu back onto the baking sheet in a single layer. Place under the broiler for a few minutes or until the sauce starts to caramelize. Watch carefully as the tofu will burn quickly.
  7. Garnish with scallions, cilantro or toasted sesame seeds.

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