- Use firm or super firm tofu. This is non-negotiable.
- Marinate these as long as you can. I recommend throwing the marinade together before work (under 20 minutes prep time for marinade and tofu) and leaving to sit in the refrigerator. If you only have 30-45 minutes, that’s okay too. In a pinch that’ll do.
- Bake on low heat for as long as you can. Slow and low=crisp and chewy. If you are presenting these to a crowd that might not be used to tofu, baking the heck out of these little guys will give you the highest chance of converting even the most carnivorous of friends. By baking the moisture out of the tofu, you’ll get rid of the texture that some people find unappealing.
Baked Thai Tofu Bites
These healthy, tangy tofu bites are a treat that is sure to please both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike!
Author: Curried Cantaloupe
Recipe type: Tofu
- 1 teaspoon green Thai curry paste
- 1½ teaspoons fish sauce
- 2 teaspoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 block firm (extra-firm if available) tofu
- option: lemongrass, Thai chilies
- Cube your tofu. I take the time to lay them out one by one in one or two recipients (glassware, 8X8 or 9X9 baking dish) and then pour the marinade over them trying to get marinade on each and every cube because flavor counts with tofu...
- Let sit for 1-2 hours on the counter, or chill and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
- Try to rotate the cubes once during the marinating process.
- Give yourself 1-2 hours for the baking process.
- ' before you are ready to start baking the tofu, preheat the oven to 350°F. Use a pastry brush to lightly coat a cookie tray with olive or vegetable oil, and then transfer the cubes, one by one onto the tray. They can be close to each other, but they should not be touching.
- The actual cooking time will vary depending on how your oven heats and requires a little hands-on action.
- After 40', slide the tray from the oven and rotate the cubes. Then, keep an eye on it every 20', flipping each time until the tofu is crispy and golden brown on the outside.
- Eat as an appetizer, use as croutons on soup or salads, or serve as a main course with your favorite Asian-inspired sides.
- You can easily reheat these in your oven the next day.