Fabulously easy and versatile, this baked BBQ tofu recipe will give you so much pleasure. It requires only seven ingredients, including the tofu, and the salt and pepper, and can be used in a multitude of ways. Depending on how you slice your tofu, you can use strips for sandwiches, planks for bowls, or cubes for soups.
- 1 brick extra firm tofu, pressed (click here to see how to press tofu and get it ready for use)
- 4 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 4 tablespoons tamari
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 7-8 drops liquid smoke
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Sea salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 350°. Whisk together the sesame oil, tamari, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, minced garlic, and sea salt and pepper.
Place tofu in a shallow container and pour the BBQ sauce on top. Using your hands, turn the tofu around so that all surfaces are covered. Let it marinate for 15 minutes.
To bake, remove the tofu cubes from the sauce and arrange the pieces on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Try to avoid pieces touching one another. I like to scrape some of the sauce into a small bowl and keep it handy to baste the tofu a few times during cooking. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake until the tofu is golden and the pieces look puffed up, about 25-30 minutes. Remember that the baking time will vary depending on the size of your cubes. Bon appétit!