One recipe that all vegans need in their repertoire is baked tofu. A good baked tofu recipe can act as the foundation for many other recipes, such as a hearty salad, the main course for dinner, or the filling for a tasty midday sandwich. The options are endless with such a versatile recipe.
The baked tofu recipe that I like most is a variation that I learned while working at Real Food Daily in Los Angeles. You marinate tofu in a blend of soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic for a subtle yet savory flavor. The tofu cubes are then baked until each side is golden brown and beginning to firm up under the heat.
All-Purpose Baked Tofu
1 16-oz. pkg. extra-firm tofu
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp. brown rice vinegar
1/2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1/2 Tbsp. canola oil
•Drain the tofu and cover with paper towels. Let stand for 1 hour so that the paper towels can absorb more liquid. Cut into 1-inch cubes and set aside.
•Whisk the soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic in a small mixing bowl. Add the tofu cubes, cover, and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.
•Preheat the oven to 400°F. Oil a baking sheet with the canola oil and set aside.
•With a slotted spoon, remove the tofu from the marinade and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes on each side until golden brown.
Makes 4 servings
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