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This Crispy Baked Tofu With Maple Miso Sauce is a delicious vegan protein idea that pairs beautifully with a side of veggies and grains! Included in this post are step-by-step instructions for how to make crispy tofu in the oven. 

white bowl with crispy baked tofu, asparagus, quinoa

This recipe is hands down the best tofu I’ve ever made. It’s crisp on the outside, but soft on the inside and topped with a delicious maple miso sauce that’s inspired by the famous miso black cod from Nobu. Seriously, that sauce is so good you could almost drink it.

This tofu and sauce come together in 30 minutes for an easy plant-based protein. I hope you guys love this dish as much as I do!

How To Make Crispy Tofu

To make crispy tofu, start by preheating your oven to 400F.

Next, cut a block of firm tofu into 1-inch cubes. Take a paper towel and press the cubes gently to remove as much water as you can.

Transfer the tofu to a bowl and toss in 1 tablespoon of oil – I like using a neutral oil like avocado oil for this step. Once the tofu is tossed in oil, add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to the tofu and toss it again.

brown bowl with cubes of tofu and spoon

Then, spread the tofu out onto a baking sheet and transfer to the oven for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through with a set of tongs.

After 20 minutes, remove the tofu from the oven and it’s ready to go! In this case, we’ll be tossing it into the maple miso sauce, which we’ll get into next.

baked tofu cubes on baking dish

How To Make Maple Miso Sauce

While the tofu is in the oven, prepare the maple miso sauce. To do this, start by adding mirin to a small saucepan over med-high heat. Bring the mirin to a boil, and allow to boil for about 1 minute.

Then, reduce heat and add miso paste to the mirin and whisk until it starts to dissolve. Once the miso has broken down, add rice vinegar, avocado oil, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil again, whisking continuously to prevent the maple syrup from burning.

Once a smooth sauce has formed, turn off the heat. Pour the sauce over the crispy tofu, and toss till each piece of tofu is nicely coated.

crispy baked tofu cubes topped with maple miso sauce in brown bowl

What To Serve With Crispy Tofu

With tofu as our plant-based protein source, I recommend serving this recipe with a side of complex carbohydrates and veggies to balance out the meal. Check out some great side dish ideas below:

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Tofu Nutrition Benefits

Tofu is a form of condensed soy milk that is pressed into solid blocks. It’s a great source of plant-based protein, with a 3.5 ounce or 100 gram serving of tofu providing 8 grams of complete protein. For reference, a block of tofu is typically around 350 grams and will provide a total of about 28 grams of protein.

In addition to protein, tofu is a great source of essential micronutrients, like manganese, calcium, selenium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, iron, and zinc.

While there is controversy around soy, the majority of studies suggest that soy is linked to improved cholesterol levels, heart health, fertility, and reduced cancer risk. These health benefits are likely due to the presence of beneficial plant compounds called isoflavones.

Most concerns about soy are not supported by current clinical and epidemiological research.

crispy baked tofu topped in maple miso sauce, asparagus, and quinoa on white plate

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This Crispy Baked Tofu With Maple Miso Sauce is a delicious vegan protein idea that pairs beautiful with a side of veggies and grains! Gluten-free, dairy-free, and ready in 30 minutes.
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Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Cut block of tofu into 1-inch cubes. Take a paper towel and press the cubes gently to remove as much water as you can.
  • Transfer the tofu to a bowl and toss in avocado oil. Add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to the tofu and toss it again.
  • Spread the tofu out onto a baking sheet and transfer to the oven for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through with a set of tongs.
  • While the tofu is in the oven, prepare the maple miso sauce. To do this, start by adding mirin to a small saucepan over med-high heat. Bring the mirin to a boil, and allow to boil for about 1 minute.
  • Then, reduce the heat and add miso paste to the mirin and whisk until it starts to dissolve. Once the miso has broken down, add rice vinegar, avocado oil, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil again, whisking continuously to prevent the maple syrup from burning.
  • Once a smooth sauce has formed, turn off the heat. Remove the tofu from the oven and pour the sauce over the crispy tofu, tossing till each piece of tofu is nicely coated. Serve immediately!

Notes

*This tofu is the protein component of a meal – serve with a side of complex carbs (like quinoa or brown rice) and/or veggies!
*Generally speaking, all ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free. That said, some brands of items like rice vinegar, cornstarch, mirin, and miso paste may not be certified gluten-free due to cross contamination during processing. If a gluten-free diet is absolutely necessary, be sure to check the label of each product you are using to make sure.

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