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Spicy Baked Tofu

Lightly crispy, these Spicy Baked Tofu medallions are made with just 6 ingredients and are perfect to serve up as a holiday entrée or everyday side dish.

Tofu oven roasted

If you happen to be looking for a delicious plant-based main to serve up this thanksgiving or holiday season, this spicy baked tofu might just be for you.

Though, the same might apply if you were looking for something tasty to pair up with a quinoa salad for an everyday lunch or dinner.

The last time I made this Spicy Baked Tofu, I enjoyed medallions of it between lightly buttered and toasted bread slices. I think the technical term for this creation is a spicy baked tofu sandwich!

There are as many ways to enjoy this Spicy Baked Tofu as there seem to be opinions on tofu. Some people love it, some people hate it. Then, there are those, like my college roommates, who say it smells like feet. In fact, they would often refer to “tofu” as “tofeet” ~ le sigh!

Me, personally, I love tofu – when it is cooked just right. And the recipe you see here was a tantalizing treat for my taste buds.

Ingredients to make spicy baked tofu

What are the ingredients to make this Spicy Baked Tofu?

This dish is made with 6 ingredients only, and they are:

  1. Tofu
    I used extra firm tofu for this dish. It holds its shape well even when rigorously dried, slapped with spices, flipped, and baked.
  2. Coriander
    Coriander powder can be found in most stores, these days. If not, there is always Amazon. Make sure you check the expiry dates, as coriander loses its potency with time and is not as flavorful or pungent.
  3. Smoked paprika
    Ground smoked paprika blends well with the other spices in this dish and should not be skipped.
  4. Cayenne
    This is the only optional spice. I like a bit of a kick to my food and cayenne delivers. If you would rather your tofu medallions be milk, leave out the tofu entirely, or use a fraction of it.
  5. Turmeric
    Ground turmeric can also be found in most stores these days and rounds off the rest of the spices so well.
  6. Arrowroot
    I love to use arrowroot powder as it helps dry out the tofu. It also helps it bake up ever so lightly crispy. If you do not have arrowroot powder on hand, then use cornstarch.
prepping tofu by dusting it with arrowroot powder and then a spice blend getting it ready to bake

A Few Tips When Making This Dish:

  • Make sure to thoroughly dry the tofu. I like to wrap it in some paper towels or kitchen towels and leave it on a plate, with a pan on top of it to squeeze as much of the water out. I change the towels after 15 minutes or so. And repeat this 3-4 times. Sometimes, I just leave the wrapped tofu on a plate in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Dredge the tofu in the arrowroot powder or cornstarch, making sure it covers the medallions of the tofu well.
  • Do not discard any leftover spice mix. When you flip the tofu slices after the first 15 minutes of baking, you can use the spices to cover up any spots that get exposed during the flip.
  • This is one of those dishes that are best made and served the day of. You can store this in an airtight container, in a refrigerator. But the reheated medallions of tofu just don’t get the same crispness as when they are first baked. So, if you plan to serve this for Thanksgiving or The Holidays, then make this just before the meal. It doesn’t involve a lot of work or prep (other than the drying bit), so it is quick and easy to whip up.
Oven roasted tofu for Thanksgiving or the holidays

How To Serve This Spicy Baked Tofu?

This tofu dish would be delicious as part of a vegetarian/vegan Thanksgiving or Holiday Dinner. It is also a tasty side with some quinoa salad or yellow rice and broccoli curry.

Easy Vegetarian baked tofu on a plate with a fork

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Tofu oven roasted

Spicy Baked Tofu

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Lightly crispy, these Spicy Baked Tofu medallions are made with just 6 ingredients and are perfect to serve up as a holiday entrée or everyday side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz container of extra firm tofu
  • 4 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp cayenne (optional, leave out or reduce for a more mild version)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • Oil spray
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Thoroughly dry the tofu. I like to wrap it in some paper towels or kitchen towels and leave it on a plate, with a pan on top of it to squeeze as much of the water out. I change the towels after 5 minutes or so. And repeat this 3-4 times.
  3. When tofu is dry, slice it into thin slices - one block of tofu should have 8 slices or so.
  4. Place the arrowroot powder on a plate.
  5. Mix the spices together and leave these on another plate.
  6. Dredge each slice of tofu in the arrowroot powder and then the spices. Place on a parchment-lined baking tray. Repeat until all tofu slices are dredged and placed on the tray.
  7. Using the cooking spray, spray the tofu slices well.
  8. Place the tray with spiced tofu in the oven to bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Then, carefully pull out the tray and flip the tofu slices over.
  9. Spray the flipped tofu slices with the cooking spray.
  10. Place the flipped tofu slices back in the oven and let bake for another 15 minutes.
  11. When it comes out of the oven, season them with salt and pepper.
  12. You can also brush the slices/medallions of tofu with some olive oil to get the salt and pepper to grab on.
  13. Serve warm.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 62Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 0mgSodium 41mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 5g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an approximation only. Savory Spin makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Please do consult a professional nutritionist for more accurate information. Please do keep in mind that prep times, cooking times, etc, are provided as guidelines as there are so many variables at play.

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James

Tuesday 9th of January 2024

I am wondering if you can prep the tofu with the spices and such and keep it (not-yet-baked) in the fridge for a while before baking. You say this isn't great re-heated, so I'm seeking a way to do this for meal prep. Thanks for recipe =)

Hiya, I’m Shashi

Tuesday 9th of January 2024

Hi James, I am replying to the comment you left on my recipe for baked tofu (linked below). As I use arrowroot powder along with the spices (arrowroot helps absorb any leftover moisture and helps the tofu crisp up a bit) I would not advise prepping it with the spices and arrowroot. If it's possible to dry out the tofu as much as possible and store the tofu (wrapped in paper towels or kitchen towels) in the fridge, mix up the arrowroot and spices when you are ready to make this and then toss the tofu in spices and bake, it would be ideal. The only reason I said this doesn't heat up well is because it just isn't crispy when reheated. At least that has been my experience. It is still just as tasty, maybe even more so because some spice combos just get better with time. I'm sorry I haven't been much help in convincing you to meal prep this dish. I do have a couple others that reheat quite well. There this one https://savoryspin.com/one-pot-marry-me-tofu/ I made it and transported it on a plane and it was still just as good when reheated. And there is this one https://savoryspin.com/easy-sheet-pan-spicy-tofu/ Thanks so much for stopping by my site and commenting.

All the best to you!

Ben | Havocinthekitchen

Thursday 17th of November 2022

I love some good tofu, but it's not always easy to achieve a perfect texture when it's crisp and not soggy. This looks PERFECTION and so appetizing. Interesting composition of spices, too!

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Wednesday 16th of November 2022

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Kali Alexandria

Monday 14th of November 2022

Love the added spice to this tofu. Thank you!

Juliane

Monday 14th of November 2022

My favorite!! I love it, so good!!

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