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Crispy Baked Tofu

This crispy-on-the-outside and slightly-meaty-on-the-inside crispy baked tofu is absolutely delicious smothered in gravy made by using the leftover marinade sauce.

Baked Crispy Tofu

We love this crispy baked tofu because it’s…

  • Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside
  • Super flavorful
  • Loaded with protein
  • Full of calcium
  • Oil-free
  • Delicious

I was told by my husband that this recipe reminded him of country-fried steak. Wasn’t expecting that, and he really liked it!

What makes this recipe so delish is the breading made with whole-grain flour, cornmeal, nutritional yeast, onion powder, salt, & pepper.

Breaded tofu ready to bake.

Using vegan marinade to make gravy

A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

I love not having to waste the marinade sauce the way I used to when working with meat. It always had to be thrown out, but not this marinade!

Marinating the tofu enhances the flavor.
Marinating the tofu enhances the flavor.

While the tofu is baking, take leftover marinade and add 1 Tbsp of flour, cornstarch, or arrowroot powder and whisk together. Place in microwave for approximately 1-2 minute, stirring occasionally to thicken into gravy. Pour over oven-baked crispy baked tofu and serve immediately.

HINT: Freezing the tofu ahead of time and defrosting will change the texture and make it much firmer.

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Recipe from Dr. Neal Barnard’s book, Breaking the Food Seduction.

What followers are saying this crispy tofu

Made this tonight. It turned out good. The gravy made from the marinade was outstanding. I will be making that again for sure just by itself for potatoes or rice.”–Tammy G.

nutrition in tofu
The soy in tofu helps reduce cholesterol.

Protein in tofu

Unlike most plant-based foods, soy is considered a complete protein, possessing all the essential amino acids.

Tofu is thus a good protein source, due both to the amount and nature of the protein it contains. The protein content is higher in firm types of tofu than in softer types.

According to the Illinois Center for Soy Foods (ICSF), a 3-oz. piece of firm tofu has about 13 g of protein, compared with about 4 g in soft tofu. The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) puts the content of 4 to 5 oz. of tofu at 11 g.” —LiveStrong

Is tofu healthy?

Some people are not too sure about tofu, because it contains phytoestrogens. Turns out, phytoestrogens are very health promoting and are not at all like our body’s natural estrogen that can cause harm and lead to disease.

This makes so much sense, because the countries that consume the most soy, such as Japan and China, have the lowest rates of cancer and chronic disease. This short video will explain the benefits of soy.

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Baked Crispy Tofu

Baked Crispy Tofu

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This crispy-on-the-outside and slightly-meaty-on-the-inside oven roasted tofu is absolutely delicious smothered in gravy made by using the leftover marinating sauce! Recipe from Dr. Neal Barnard's book, Breaking the Food Seduction.

Ingredients

Marinade & Tofu

Coating Mix

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, or other whole grain flour
  • 1/4 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut tofu into eight 1/2" thick slices. Place in a wide, shallow mixing bowl. HINT: Freezing the tofu ahead of time and defrosting will change the texture and make it much firmer.
  2. Whisk together marinade ingredients.
  3. Pour mixture over tofu. Turn slices over so all sides are well covered. Cover bowl and place in the refrigerator. Let marinate several hours or overnight. Turn slices over occasionally or spoon marinade over them from time to time.
  4. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. If you have an air fryer, these do very well cooked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. 
  5. Combine ingredients for coating mix in a bowl and whisk together well.
  6. Remove each slice of tofu from marinade one at a time and dredge in coating mix, covering it well all over.
  7. Place on the prepared baking sheet as soon as it is coated. Mist the tops lightly with a water bottle. I sprinkle the tops of mine with paprika or smoked paprika.
  8. Bake until they are golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  9. While they are baking, take leftover marinade and add 1 Tbsp of flour, cornstarch, or arrowroot powder and whisk together. Place in microwave for approximately 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally to thicken into gravy. Pour over oven-baked the tofu and serve immediately.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114Total Fat: 2.1gCarbohydrates: 16.7gFiber: 5.5gProtein: 11.4g

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Tammy

Monday 11th of December 2017

Made this tonight. It was delish. The gravy made from the marinade was awesome. I would make just that for potatoes or rice and be oh so happy!!!

Tammy

Monday 13th of November 2017

When you freeze the tofu to get a firmer texture is that in our out of the water it comes packed in?

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Monday 13th of November 2017

I leave it in the container and water that it was packaged in. Makes it very easy!

Susan Vickers

Friday 5th of August 2016

Made this recipe tonight...it was great!!

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Friday 5th of August 2016

Susan, that's great! I am glad you liked it. It will be a regular around here too. :)