Sweet and savory Baked Teriyaki Tofu is an easy plant-based, oil-free entree. Allowing the tofu to marinate for only 30 minutes results in incredible flavor and texture. Enjoy it as a complete meal with rice and your favorite veggies.
There's nothing like a simple sauce to enhance the flavor of tofu. And one of my favorites is Vegan Teriyaki Sauce.
In the summer I enjoy using it to make Teriyaki Tofu Skewers on a barbecue grill. But when I want to use my oven instead, I turn to this easy teriyaki tofu recipe.
Why you'll love this recipe
- The quick marinade gives the tofu superb flavor and a slightly caramelized texture.
- It's the perfect combination of salty and sweet.
- The tofu is tasty hot or cold, making it ideal for make-ahead meals.
For the complete list of ingredients with measurements plus recipe instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Tofu: I recommend Hodo Organic Extra-Firm Tofu which doesn't require pressing. If you use extra-firm tofu that's packed in water, use a tofu press to remove the excess liquid before making this recipe. (Do not use silken tofu for this recipe.)
Homemade Vegan Teriyaki Sauce: You will need tamari (or soy sauce), coconut sugar, rice vinegar, fresh garlic and ginger, and corn starch (or arrowroot or potato flour).
Short on time? Use your favorite store-bought vegan teriyaki sauce. You will need about ¾ cup per 14 to 16 ounces tofu.
- Prepare the teriyaki sauce in a small saucepan on the stove.
- Slice the tofu into even-sized pieces. Brush each side with the sauce and place on a metal baking sheet or in a glass baking dish. Allow the tofu to marinate for 30 minutes.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, flip, and brush on a little more sauce. Bake for an additional 5 minutes, then remove from the oven.
- Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds, if desired, and enjoy.
Baked teriyaki tofu can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy the leftovers cold or reheated.
It's very important to start with either pressed extra-firm tofu or super-firm tofu. In addition, each slice should be placed in a single layer in the baking dish.
For maximum flavor, marinate the tofu before baking it. Be sure to start with tofu that has been pressed to remove excess moisture, or start with extra-firm/super-firm tofu not packed in water.
Baked teriyaki tofu is done when it's slightly crispy on the outside and lightly caramelized.
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Vegan Baked Teriyaki Tofu
For the teriyaki sauce:
For the tofu:
- 1 pound extra-firm tofu, pressed (or use super-firm tofu)
- toasted sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
- Place the sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan. Over medium heat, whisk the ingredients until the sauce comes to a low boil. Whisk continuously until the sauce has thickened, about 5 to 10 minutes. Set aside.
- Slice the block of tofu into 12 slices. Place the slices in a glass baking dish (or on a metal sheet pan) lined with parchment paper for easier clean up.
- Brush each slice of tofu with teriyaki sauce. Flip them over and brush the other side with teriyaki sauce.
- Allow the tofu to marinate for 30 minutes.
- Bake the tofu in a 400°F (200°C) oven for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, remove the baking dish from the oven. Carefully flip each slice over and brush on a little more sauce.
- Return the baking dish to the oven and bake the tofu for an additional 5 minutes.
- Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, if desired, and serve.
Nutritional information is an estimation only.