Looking for Asian Tofu Recipes? This Crispy Asian Baked Tofu recipe is super delicious and easy to make. Made with easy-to-find ingredients like firm tofu, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, garlic, and honey, you'll love throwing this together for a healthy family dinner.
Crispy Asian Tofu Recipe
This Crispy Asian Tofu recipe is pure perfection. It's crazy simple to prepare in the oven and is really flavorful, healthy, and versatile. If you've been looking for Asian tofu recipes to make at home, start here!
Many Asian recipes use ingredients that are hard to find, but not this one. These ingredients are commonly found in grocery stores including the super firm tofu. I make a simple marinade for the tofu with ginger, sesame oil, honey, garlic powder, and red chili paste. This recipe is also fabulous because you can bake it in the oven instead of standing over the stove. You'll be surprised at how simple it really is to make a restaurant-quality meal at home without a lot of fuss.
The best part about this recipe is since it's so flavorful and the tofu isn't mushy, it can turn even meat-eaters into tofu lovers.
My Crispy Asian Baked Tofu recipe is now my favorite way to make tofu at home! Tofu is ridiculously easy to make at home, is an inexpensive protein, and when made correctly can taste really good. The secret, in my opinion, is to pack it with flavor AND make it crispy. My favorite way to make it crispy is in the oven!
Why you'll love these Baked Crispy Asian Tofu recipes...
- This Crispy Asain Baked Tofu is so delicious! It's a flavor explosion in the little tofu bites.
- It's a great way to eat more plant-based protein into your diet. Since the flavors are familiar, it's a great way to start eating tofu.
- You can make this in the oven in around 20 minutes, plus your marinating time.
- You can serve this Asian Tofu in so many ways! With rice in a bowl or with vegetable sides.
- This recipe is vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, and low-carb! It has the option to be vegan too by swapping out the honey for agave nectar.
There are so many reasons to love this crispy tofu recipe! Just look at those little bites of perfection. This is such a delicious tofu dish.
Here's an overview of what you'll need to make Crispy Asain Tofu recipes including the sauce ingredients. Keep scrolling for the full amounts. The secret to these tasty bites of tofu goodness is in the marinade or sauce. You can easily find these ingredients in most grocery stores or I added some links to Amazon if you shop that way.
- Super Firm Tofu: Look for super firm tofu or extra firm tofu for the crispiest result. Tofu is often found in the produce section of the grocery store.
- Soy Sauce: Soy Sauce gives Asian dishes that rich salty flavor. To reduce the sodium in this dish, buy the low sodium green kind. You can often find it in the international section of your grocery store or online here. You don't really need more salt in the recipe because the soy sauce is so salty. To make this gluten-free you can substitute tamari sauce.
- Fresh Ginger: Fresh ginger is a key flavor for this dish. Start with ginger root and remove the white skin and then mince OR you can save time and buy pre-minced ginger in the tube. It's not exactly the same flavor intensity, but it saves a lot of work. You'll find this in the produce section of the grocery store near the minced garlic.
- Sesame Oil: Sesame oil has a lovely sesame flavor and adds some healthy fats needed to roast the tofu. You can use plain sesame oil or toasted sesame oil for a richer taste.
- Honey: Honey adds just a touch of sweetness and balances out the dish. To make this vegan Asian tofu, use agave nectar as a substitution. In a pinch your could also use a touch of brown sugar.
- Garlic Powder: I like to use regular garlic powder to make the garlic flavor evenly disturbed throughout the recipe.
- Red Chili Paste: Red Chili Paste is a flavor bomb! Find this delicious ingredient in the Asian section of the grocery store or online here. This is where the spice level of the recipe is controlled, so add more or less for extra heat!
- Garnish: Sesame Seeds and/or green onions make a wonderful garnish.
Here's an overview of how to make my Crispy Asian Tofu recipe, but keep scrolling for the full printable recipe.
- Press the water out of the tofu. Wrap the tofu with paper towels and place a heavy pan on top of it. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Repeat several times until you get the moisture out of the tofu.
- Cut the tofu into cubes.
- Marinade the tofu by mixing together the soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, honey, garlic powder, and red chili pasta. You can mix it together in a bowl or ziplock bag. Put the tofu into the mixture. Allow it to sit in the fridge for 2 hours or up to overnight.
- When you are ready to bake the tofu, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray. Spread the tofu bites out so they don't touch.
- Bake it in the oven for around 20 minutes or until crispy.
- Serve with your favorite rice or Asian veggies.
- Make it Spicy Tofu: Make this spicy by adding more red chili paste, hot sauce or sriracha.
- Make it Vegan: Use agave nectar instead of honey.
- Make it Gluten-Free: Use tamari sauce instead of soy sauce.
- Make it Teriyaki: Instead of using my homemade marinate, you can make a super fuss-free recipe by using your favorite bottled teriyaki sauce.
- Make it in a Pan: Make this pan-fried Asian Tofu by heating up a skillet to medium-high heat. Add sesame oil and saute or stir-fry the tofu cubes for 4-5 minutes until heated through and crispy.
How do I store leftovers?
Store any leftovers of Asian Tofu recipes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
What is tofu?
If you aren't familiar with tofu, it's soymilk that has been coagulated and either curdled. Firm or extra firm tofu has been pressed into a block and silken tofu is left along to retain the moisture. This recipe uses extra firm tofu because it holds its shape for crispy baked tofu recipes like this.
Is tofu healthy?
Tofu is very healthy! It's rich in calcium, and protein and is a complete plant-based protein.
Look No Further for the Best Asian Tofu Recipes!
There are a lot of Asian Tofu recipes out there, but you have to love this one for the tasty punch, crispy consistency and texture, and easy preparation. You might have noticed that I love sheet pan meals and roasting things in the oven because it's basically hands-off cooking time, which works well in my busy world of watching kids.
So this Crispy Asian Baked Tofu recipe is just what we all need. Easy, inexpensive, AND super tasty.
Even the Hubs said this one was pretty good... for tofu! I hope you will give it a try. As always, I'd love to hear what you think in the comments.
Serve it With:
- White Rice
- Brown Rice
- Vegetarian Lo Mein
- Roasted Asian Green Beans
- Teriyaki Brussels Sprouts
More Healthy & Vegetarian Asian Recipes...
- Sheet Pan Shrimp Teriyaki
- Shortcut Salmon Teriyaki Bowls
- Protein Packed Asian Edamame Quinoa Salad
- Better than Takeout Healthy Vegetarian Lo Mein
- Crock Pot Sweet Potato and Kale Curry
Crispy Asian Baked Tofu Recipe - Oven Baked
- Wrap the tofu in paper towels and place a heavy pan on top of it. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Repeat several times until you get the moisture out of the tofu. Cut into cubes.
- Mix together everything else and put it in a large zipper bag. Put the tofu in the marinade and allow to sit for a minimum of 2 hours but up to overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray a foiled-lined baking sheet with cooking spray. Spread the tofu bites out so they don't touch. Bake for 20 minutes or until crispy.
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