Do you ever go to Chinese restaurants and wonder how they get that cracking coating onto tofu? I'm sure 9 times out of 10 oil + frying are responsible, but if you're looking for a great technique to get a similar crust by baking your tofu you've come to the right place.
I originally found this recipe on the blog I am Food Blog, and I'd highly recommend checking out her post because she has some gorgeous photos and a few close up shots of the process.
The process is simple, and you simply toss the tofu with cornstarch and bake until crispy. Then in the last few minutes of baking you make a delicious sticky sweet sauce to coat each crispy nugget.
This works great as a snack, side dish, or I could imagine adding it to some vegetables and meat to make a main dish.
Crispy Oven Baked Honey Garlic Tofu Bites Recipe, from I am Food Blog
total time: 50 minutes
1 package pressed tofu (or firm tofu that you have pressed with a weight)
1 TBSP cornstarch
2 TBSP honey
1 TBSP soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
freshly ground pepper, to taste
sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds, to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Dry off your tofu with a paper towel and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
- Toss the tofu with the cornstarch and arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes, making sure to flip the tofu cubes midway through baking.
- When you have ~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 sauce, and garlic over medium heat until bubbly and thick. Taste and season with freshly ground pepper.
- Remove the tofu from the oven and toss in the sauce. Garnish with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds (if you like them...)