Crispy Baked Tofu Recipe | Vegan, Gluten Free

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tofu recipe

Hi guys, past Sophie here, I’ve just decided to try tofu for the first time. Three years and two months into a vegan diet, I’m finally trying tofu. As I’m sure many of you will know, I much prefer to eat a whole foods based diet. The idea of tofu, I’m not going to lie, has always made my stomach turn. I don’t eat any  meat substitutes at all and although I know tofu isn’t technically a meat substitute, it falls awkwardly in the middle. I don’t know how this is going to go, but if this post says ‘tofu recipe’ rather than ‘I tried tofu’, assume I was somewhat successful.  

I’m opting to try this now purely for the sake of convenience. Many places offer vegan options which include tofu and I’ve never tried them. While I have no interest in making this a regular addition to my diet, I would like to know if I consider it edible or not purely to potentially give myself a few more options when I’m eating out.  

I wanted to make it crispy. I’m not sure why, but I can’t imagine soft tofu tasting very good at all. I imagine it’s also quite plain and will take a lot of seasoning. Now, in an attempt to make this edible, I’ve read approximately 9,000,000 tofu recipes over the last week or so to see if they had anything in common. Most of them were far more complicated than what I’m hoping to achieve today, with extravagant sauces and long marinating times.  

One thing I did see which made a lot of sense was that if you want it crispy, you should make it as dry as possible before you start. I, foolishly, had not considered this before I started and this made me reconsider all of my seasoning plans. But, it worked.  

tofu recipe

Now for the most basic recipe you’ll ever see… 

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, nut free and vegan.  

Prep time: 10 minutes  

Cook time: 25-30 minutes 


  • One block extra firm tofu  
  • 2tbsp tamari  
  • 1tsp olive oil  
  • Pinch of salt  
  • Black pepper and chilli flakes to taste  


  1. Preheat oven to 200°c and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. 
  2. Drain tofu from packet and chop into small cubes. Next, we want to dry the tofu even more. Place on top of a tea towel or paper towel and cover for at least 10 minutes. This will allow excess water to drain.  
  3. Once drained, place tofu in a bowl and coat with the olive oil, half of the tamari, salt, pepper and chilli flakes. In order for it to fully crisp up, we don’t want to add too much liquid before cooking, so the oil will help it stick and tamari will give some flavour but won’t fully saturate it.  
  4. Arrange the tofu evenly on your prepped baking tray and place in the centre of the oven for 25-30 minutes until the outsides are golden and crispy.  
  5. Once cooked, drizzle over the extra tamari for more flavour if necessary.  

Serve and enjoy! 

tofu recipe

As I was purely testing if I could find it edible, I served mine with a rather basic bowl of greens. You could get more creative!  

So, it turns out tofu isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. While I’d rather stick with things like beans and lentils for my protein sources, it’s good to know it’s a viable option if I’m in a pinch.  

Have you ever tried tofu? What did you think?  

Until next time,  


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27 thoughts on “Crispy Baked Tofu Recipe | Vegan, Gluten Free

  1. I have never tried Tofu before. I have been recently going off certain meats and I often think I should try and be a veggie. This recipes looks really easy to follow. I am definitely not the best cook, this was really well explained. Thank you for sharing! xx

  2. Haha, love this! The first time I tried tofu, I hated it. But I was a teenager who had no idea how to cook it. Now I LOVE it. It’s so versatile and when done well, it can be so delicious.

    That said, I still need to work out silken tofu…

  3. I much prefer the crispy tofu over the other versions. This dish reminds me of the tofu superfood stir fry I usually order at Dim T, my local Asian restaurant. It’s really tasty! Your dish looks nice and so flavoursome too. Thanks for sharing Sophie! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  4. Sophie, you know I love your recipe posts but I’m afraid tofu is a step too far. I’ve only tried it once before and it was disgusting! Although I have to say your crispy tofu does look a whole lot nicer than the squishy stuff I tasted so I’ll be interested to see if you use tofu again 🙂 And if you’re ever down my way then I’d be very happy to try this recipe too! xx

    Lisa |

  5. In the picture it looks so good! I have never tasted Tofu, with that being said I actually need to start trying new foods in general, I basically eat the same thing everyday.

    Nikki O.

  6. Oh this was an interesting read! Like you I’ve never tried tofu, I’ve always found the thought of it rather unappealing if I’m honest. I’m quite intrigued to try it crispy the way you’ve prepared it though, I’ll give it a go next time I’m in Tesco and can pick some up
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  7. I can’t say I’ve ever tried or been that intrigued to try out tofu, I’ve heard so many mixed opinions on it but usually at complete either end of the spectrum. I’m definitely someone who’s into food being crispy rather than soggy or soft so this looks pretty tasty to me and reminds me slightly of the look of crispy halloumi! I can definitely say I’m more intrigued after this recipe, especially as you didn’t use that much seasoning!
    Alice Xx

  8. I’ve tried tofu once and I wasn’t a fan. However, I’ve been told by some of my vegan friends that it gets a lot better if you know how to cook it (I had it in a restaurant). Perhaps I’ll try it again some time!

    Jas xx

  9. I’ve tried tofu once and I wasn’t a fan. However, I’ve been told by some of my vegan friends that it gets a lot better if you know how to cook it (I had it in a restaurant). Perhaps I’ll try it again some time!

    Jas xx

  10. I’ve tried it once before but didn’t like it, funnily enough because of the texture. I feel like your crispy version would be much nicer as it wasn’t the taste that I found an issue! I’ll have to give this a try sometime and see if I like it like this!

    Soph – x

  11. Oh man, I didn’t know this was your first time trying tofu! I’ve eaten tofu my whole life, which comes in so many different forms. Just try to avoid stinky tofu – it’s fermented tofu and smells @__@. The crispy baked tofu looks delicious – I like that it’s easy to prepare and doesn’t require a ton of ingredients.

    Nancy ♥

  12. I really want to try marinading tofu, as it is free on weight watchers. Good to know yours went crispy even with 1tsp oil, as this keeps the points low for me. Thank you for sharing this

  13. Love this recipe, definitley want to try it. Always looking for new veggie options as we often play it safe with quorn Linda McCartney alternatives. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  14. There’s a noodle bar that I love that cooks tofu just like this (and it’s incredible) and I’ve been looking for an easy recipe to replicate it ever since! So glad I came across this post.

  15. I really like tofu! I’d eaten it for quite a few years before attempting to make it on my own. It can be quite tricky, especially the drying part. This recipe looks good, I’ll be saving it! 🙂 x

    Sneha |

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