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Tasty (and Easy) Baked Tofu?

Hi Vegetarian & Vegan board.

I have tried. Truly I have tried again and again to make a baked tofu half as tasty as the TJ's Organic Baked Tofu and/or Wildwood Savory Baked SprouTofu. The tofu usually sticks to the pan. And the inner tofu is just plain old tofu-y.

I have all but given up. Today I made a kickass faux tuna salad using TJs savory baked tofu. And again, I though - why can't *I* make my own baked tofu? I feel inadequate.

I know this is asking a lot, but for those of you who successfully make tasty baked tofu, could you provide idiot-proof step by step instructions with an ingredient list?

Thanks.

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  1. personally I cube, pat dry, toss in seasoned cornstarch (garlic, paprika, sage, whatever sounds good that day) and saute in a bit of oil until golden. there must be a similar way to bake, just would take longer.

    1. I am new to baked tofu but have made a few tasty versions - favorite marinades so far are a balsamic vinaigrette and a ginger soy miso marinade. I baked it in 1 inch cubes at 400F for 40 minutes, tossing occasionally.

      1. I am not familiar with the products you list.

        When I bake tofu, I marinate in rice vinegar/lime juice/tamari with garlic/cummin.

        Marinate for 30 min or so, then turn/flip in pan.

        The baked tofu should have a firm, meaty texture.

        If it's the texture vexing you, start with FIRM tofu. Freeze it. Then defrost, squeeeeeeze the moisture out, and proceed.

        1. I love TJs baked tofu as well! Tonight I made my own, though, starting with TJs extra firm tofu and pressing it for a good long while, then sauteed it in a little bit of oil with onions and tamari. I added some veggies and veg broth and covered to steam until the veggies were done. It was delish, and reminded me of TJ's savory baked tofu although the texture was a little bit different not having been baked.

          I imagine that tamari-marinated tou, then baked, would also turn out well!

          1. Start with the "high protein tofu" from trader joes, its vacuum packed- not in water tub- and super firm. Slice about 1/2" thick.
            Marinade in whatever mix you want for a min of 30min and up to overnight.
            Spray or grease a baking sheet and lay tofu on it, bake at 375 for 20-30min, then flip, and bake another 15-20min. Then flip to broil and watch closely! Just 2min or so to get the tops more brown and chewy.

            The combo of starting the already super dense tofu and baking should be what you want. Wildwoods and tj's baked fu has added fats so be sure to use some oil in the marinade for a similar mouthfeel.
            And practice! You will find your groove. TJ's "soy vay" is one of my favorite quick marinades but don't let it go more than an hour or it can taste too intense.