Sunday, March 31, 2024

Crispy Oven Baked BBQ Tofu Recipe

 I love tofu.  There, I said it.  Personally I would eat tofu over any kind of meat, any day of the week.  I didn't always have a love affair with tofu though.  It was a lot of trial and error until I learned the proper way to cook it, but when it did, oh boy, I'm in a committed relationship for life.  One of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE ways to eat tofu is in my Crispy Oven Baked Tofu Recipe.  

The crispy oven baked BBQ tofu on a white plate topped with green onion.

Whether you are a seasoned vegan, curious carnivore, or just someone looking to change up their dinner routine this Crispy Oven Baked Tofu Recipe is sure to hit the spot. Join me as we dive into the world of crispy tofu coated in tangy barbecue sauce, baked to perfection for a delightful culinary experience.

Let's Get Started!


  • 1 block of Super Firm Tofu
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 3 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • Green Onion or Sesame Seeds for garnish

At the heart of this recipe lies the humble tofu block, transformed into a crispy delight through a few simple, everyday spices. We start by getting as much moisture out of the tofu as possible. I recommend using a SUPER FIRM TOFU. I like this option because it doesn't require pressing. You just simply pat it dry with some paper towel. However, if you can't find super firm tofu, get firm or extra firm. You will just need to press it before cooking. Pressing the tofu to removes excess moisture, ensuring a crispy texture that'll have you coming back for seconds. Then, it's all about the spices and the sauce – a harmonious blend of barbecue sauce, olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. This concoction infuses the tofu with layers of flavor, setting the stage for a culinary masterpiece that everyone is going to love!


Place the bite-sized pieces of tofu into a resealable bag, add the cornstarch and spices, seal the bag and make sure every square inch is covered in flavor. Once the tofu is coated in all the savory goodness, it's time to bake it to crispy perfection. Spread out on a lined baking sheet, the seasoned tofu basks in the heat of the oven, gradually developing a golden brown exterior. With each flip, the aroma of smoky barbecue fills the air, teasing your taste buds and building anticipation for the feast to come. When the tofu is nice and crisp on each side, it's time to bathe it is all the sweet and spicy goodness of your favorite BBQ sauce. Put it back in the oven to allow that gooey goodness to caramelize and you are ready for a tastebud revolution in your mouth!


The beauty of this Crispy Oven Baked BBQ Tofu lies in its versatility. Enjoy it as the star of your meal, served alongside a fresh salad or a mound of fluffy rice. Toss it into wraps or sandwiches for a satisfying lunch on the go. Or, get creative and use it as a topping for pizzas, tacos, or loaded fries – the possibilities are endless!


Beyond its delectable taste, this Crispy Oven Baked Tofu Recipe packs a nutritious punch. Tofu is rich in plant-based protein, making it a wholesome alternative to meat. Paired with the antioxidant-rich barbecue sauce, this dish offers a balanced blend of flavors and nutrients to nourish both body and soul.

A white tray of the crispy oven baked tofu with green onions on top.

Whether you're a seasoned tofu enthusiast or a newcomer to the vegan scene, this recipe is sure to impress even the most avid carnivore with its crispy texture, bold flavors, and endless versatility. So, fire up your oven, gather your ingredients, and embark on a culinary journey that's as delicious as it is nutritious. Your taste buds will thank you!

Now without further adieu, let's get to the recipe!


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