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Baked Crispy Tofu with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Appetizers, Gluten Free, Vegetarian2 Responses »

How do you feel about tofu?

It is a very polarizing food.

Most people think you either like it, or you don’t.

The carnivores thought they didn’t like it.

Until we baked it.

Once baked it has a nice charred, crispy exterior, and chewy interior.

It does not resemble it’s previous soft and pale packaged self at all.

Paired with  Peanut dipping sauce, a big mound of sushi rice and some hoisin green beans, it was a big hit.

Wish I had put a little ramekin of peanut sauce in shot!!  Darn, was in a hurry to get to the table and enjoy.


Baked Crispy Tofu with Peanut Dipping Sauce


  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 1 Tb soy sauce, I use a gluten free version
  • 1 Tbs chili paste (I use sambal Oelek), or hot sauce
  • 3 Tbs sesame seeds
  • Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup creamy organic peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup low sodium vegetable or chicken stock
  • 3 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbs grated fresh ginger
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 tsp chili paste (I like Sambal Oelek), or hot sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp red curry paste, I use Thai Kitchen


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Unwrap tofu and place on plate lined with several layers of paper towel, top with another plate.
  • Leave to drain for 5-10 mins.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In large bowl mix together olive oil, honey, soy sauce and chili sauce.
  • Microwave for 30 seconds, then mix well.
  • Cut tofu into large 1" chunks, add to large bowl and coat with warmed marinade.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Place on baking sheet and bake for 20 mins, flipping over after 10 mins.
  • Dipping Sauce:
  • Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

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