Baked Tofu Steaks are loaded with flavor from lemon, garlic, and thyme. Pair this easy vegan entree with your favorite grains and vegetables for a healthy meal.
I used to love watching cooking shows on Food Network.
But I got out of the habit after becoming vegan since most of the shows focused on recipes involving meat.
However, the other day I stumbled upon an episode of Barefoot Contessa.
She was making a chicken dish that involved far too much salt and oil for my taste, and of course I don’t eat chicken anyway.
But what stuck in my mind was the delicious combination of lemon and garlic.
Baking marinated tofu
Marinating tofu prior to cooking it is a great way to add lots of flavor to this versatile protein.
First it’s important to press the tofu to remove the excess liquid.
I use the EZ Tofu Press shown in the above photo.
It’s amazing to see how much water comes out from even extra-firm tofu in just a few minutes!
Removing the excess liquid will make our baked tofu steaks extra flavorful.
Or take a short cut, look for super-firm tofu which doesn’t require pressing.
And if you want to use a DIY method, check out How to Press Tofu Without a Press.
While the tofu is pressing, you can prepare the simple marinade for the baked tofu steaks.
You will need the following basic ingredients:
- olive oil
- lemon zest
- lemon juice
- salt and pepper
I love these ingredients that are all a part of a healthy plant-based Mediterranean diet.
While I used fresh thyme, dried thyme is a great substitute. I have provided measurements for both in the recipe.
Once the tofu is pressed, it’s time to let the tofu marinate to absorb all the delicious flavors.
I recommend at least an hour, but overnight is even better.
Baked Tofu Steaks Recipe
If you have leftover baked tofu, you’re in luck because I think the tofu tastes even better the next day.
I recently enjoyed some for brunch with Roasted Breakfast Potatoes.
I reheated the tofu in my air fryer for a few minutes.
But for dinner I like serving this baked tofu with a grain and a vegetable.
Mediterranean Yellow Rice and steamed broccoli are always a favorite.
Or try it alongside Vegan Puttanesca Cauliflower.
Lemon Baked Tofu goes well with almost anything.
Or for an Asian-style dish, you can’t go wrong with Air Fryer Lemon Tofu.
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Baked Tofu Steaks with Lemon and Garlic
- 1 package tofu, (extra-firm) 14-16 ounces
- 4 Tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tablespoons lemon zest, (from 2 lemons)
- 4 Tablespoons lemon juice, (from 2 lemons)
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, (or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme)
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- Line a baking dish with foil (for easier clean up).
- Press tofu (I recommend the EZ Tofu Press) to remove excess liquid for about 15 minutes.
- While the tofu is pressing, add the olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme, and salt and pepper, to the baking dish.
- Cut the tofu into 8 pieces.
- Coat both sides of each piece of tofu in the marinade. Place the tofu in the baking dish, then cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
- Bake the tofu in a 375 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes, flipping the tofu places half way though.