If you’ve never made tofu, have tried it in other recipes and weren’t sold, or are just looking for an easy tofu recipe this three ingredient baked tofu will be your new go-to!
It’s the easiest and only tofu recipe you need…it pairs well with pretty much any flavor and is so good on it’s own…like sometimes I just snack on it, is that weird?
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This baked tofu requires just three simple ingredients:
- Olive Oil
- Soy Sauce
- Nutritional Yeast
- And a package of extra firm tofu (firm also works).
That’s all! And it pairs especially well in pasta dishes, lunch bowls, curries, all of it.
How do I cook with tofu?
If you’ve never cooked with tofu before, we’ll take it step by step!
Step 1: First things first you need firm or extra-firm tofu. Firm tofu doesn’t crumble and is easy to chop, hence why it works best for this recipe.
Step 2: The next step is to press the tofu. This is important to get rid of the excess water. You can do this by using a tofu press (this is the one I use!) or by simply placing the tofu on a plate with a paper towel on top, and a heavy item layered on top of the paper towel (like canned goods). I usually press my tofu for 15-30 minutes.
Step 3: Chop the tofu into 1 inch rectangles and place in a bowl along with the olive oil and soy sauce. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to shake the tofu around gently and coat it evenly.
Step 4: Once coated, add the nutritional yeast to the bowl and use the wooden spoon/spatula to coat the tofu.
Step 5: Then, place the tofu on a parchment-lined pan and bake, following the instructions below.
And that’s it! I think cooking with tofu is honestly so fun, so hopefully you find it to be an enjoyable process too!
Can I air-fry the tofu?
For this recipe I chose to bake it, but you can also air fry it! I think baking and air frying are by far the easiest ways to enjoy tofu since they’re both hands-off. Also, hot oil scares me…but I’m working on that.
To air-fry the tofu, simply add the tofu into the air fryer. Set the temperature to 390F and the timer to 15-20 minutes, and shake every 5 minutes to make sure the tofu cooks evenly.
P.S. if you’re searching for a good air fryer this is my favorite of all-time!
As always, if you decide to try this recipe out, tag me on Instagram @nourishedwithnatalie. I love seeing your recreations!
Easiest Baked Tofu
- 1 14-16 oz package extra firm tofu
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 ½ tbsp soy sauce
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- Preheat oven to 425F
- Press the tofu to get rid of any extra moisture
- Toss the tofu in olive oil and soy sauce until evenly coated. Then, add the nutritional yeast and use a wooden spoon/spatula to mix the tofu around to coat it.
- Bake for 30 minutes, flipping the tofu with a pair of tongs halfway.