Crispy Oven Baked Honey Garlic Tofu Bites Recipe

by Steph Le

Something amazing happened in the past year: Mike started liking tofu. It happened while we were in Tokyo. Tofu is a whole other beast over there. A delicious, delicious beast. This is a BIG deal because while I absolutely LOVE tofu, sometimes it can be a bit much to eat a whole package. But now that Mike is actually enjoying tofu, I can make it as much as I want without feeling like I’m going to turn into a tofu cube due to tofu consumption. This is a fitting dish to make today because sometimes hardcore traditionalists like to eat vegan for the first day of the new year. I’m not too sure why this tradition exists, but I have many memories of going to my grandma’s house for a full on veggie lunch. Today I made do with a bowl of granola and almond milk, but hey, it’s still vegan! I’ll probably whip up a batch of these crispy little guys soon enough – they’re super easy to prep and even though they take a while to bake in the oven, it’s all passive time so you have lots of time to google cute animal videos. Baking tofu (especially when you give it a light toss in cornstarch) gives you super crispy tofu without the deep-frying. As much as I like deep-frying (and I really do!) sometimes it’s nice to have hands-off crispiness. Toss those suckers in a sweet and savoury honey garlic sauce and you’ve got the ultimate snack. Or, piled them up on some fluffy rice or quinoa and you’ve got yourself a comforting bowl. Do it, you know you want to! PS – Happy Chinese New Year!

You'll need

  • 1 package pressed tofu
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • sliced green onions toasted sesame seeds, to garnish

Here's how

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Dry off your tofu with a paper towel and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Toss with the cornstarch and arrange the tofu on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 30-45 minutes – midway through, flip the tofu cubes.
  2. When you have just 5 minutes left on the baking time (at that point your tofu should be a light golden brown) start the sauce. In a small frying pan, heat up honey, soy and garlic over medium heat until bubbly and thick. Taste and season with freshly ground pepper.
  3. Remove the tofu from the oven and toss in the sauce. Garnish with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy hot!

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Steph Le

Hai! I’m Steph, the girl behind I am a Food Blog. I am a Food Blog is where you’ll find me cooking up a storm: dishes inspired by favourite restaurants, takeout, or just whatever is in the fridge. I love all food, so it’d be hard for me to choose a favourite, but I have a soft spot for... Read Full Bio

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