I. love. tofu. I really don’t get to eat it much though since my boyfriend loves eating meat, and am I really going to make two dinners a night just so I can eat tofu? Nope. But when I do get a chance to make it, I love it so much I almost consider becoming a vegetarian… no, I’m kidding, I love braised short ribs too much! But really, it’s good stuff and if you already like tofu, you’ll love this recipe. If you don’t like tofu or have never tried it, try this recipe because you just might fall in love.
Start with a block of firm or extra firm tofu and cut it up. I chose to cut mine into triangles.
Mix your marinade and put it in a Ziploc bag with the tofu. Marinate for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.
Once marinated, mix your cornstarch ingredients and toss the tofu in it.
Place your coated tofu on a baking sheet rubbed down with sesame oil or on a piece of parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes, flipping halfway.
While the tofu is baking, mix the ingredients for your sauce. Now, you’re probably asking, “Min, what the hell is gochujang and where would I find it?” Gochujang is a Korean red pepper paste that has a sweet but spicy flavor and is sold in Korean grocery stores. I’ve grown up eating it and LOVE it, but if it’s out of reach for you or you don’t want to try it, you can obviously use Sriracha instead.
Once your sauce is mixed together and your tofu is baked and crispy, all that’s left to do is eat!
This tofu is also amazing on salads, just cut it up into smaller bite-size pieces before marinating!
(If you’re too lazy to make this but want to try crispy tofu, go to Trader Joe’s and get their tofu nuggets in the frozen section. So much delish in a tiny nugget!)
Crispy Baked Tofu x Spicy Gochujang Sauce
1 block of tofu, firm or extra firm
3 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. Sriracha (or more if you are okay with spice)
3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. honey
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 c. cornstarch
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. powdered ginger
1/4 c. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. Gochujang paste (or Sriracha)
1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
Small squeeze of lemon juice
Press your tofu by wrapping it in a towel and placing it between two objects with a heavy item on top. You want most of the water drained out of your tofu.
Once drained, cut your tofu into 1/2-inch thick pieces in whatever shape you want.
Mix your marinade ingredients in a Ziploc bag and add your tofu. Place in refrigerator to marinate for 2 hours or more.
Make your cornstarch mix and coat each piece of tofu.
Place tofu on a baking sheet lightly coated in sesame oil or covered with parchment paper.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minuted, flipping the pieces halfway through.
While tofu is baking, mix your gochujang sauce. You can add more spice if you know you can handle it.