Why buy baked tofu when you can make your own! This Baked BBQ Tofu is sweet and spicy. Since it is made with a 4 Ingredient Sriracha BBQ Sauce, it comes together in minutes. It can be eaten hot or cold.
Do you ever buy packages of baked tofu? They are convenient for adding to salads and sandwiches, or used to top rice or quinoa with veggies for a quick meal.
What I'm not fond of is their price. Also, some of them contain gluten. There's really no need to buy baked flavored tofu when you can make your own very easily.
Baking tofu pulls the water out and leaves it crispy on the outside while staying soft on the inside. When you add a marinade or herbs and spices, the flavors are concentrated on the outside of the tofu.
One of the things that I love about baked tofu is it takes on whatever flavors you marry with it. It's also healthier than frying, although I love fried tofu also.
This Baked BBQ Tofu is so good that it tastes good by itself for a healthy snack. Add it to a wrap or sandwich. It also tastes good on a salad.
The 4 Ingredient Sriracha BBQ Sauce that I used for this crispy baked tofu is sweet and spicy, just like you'd expect from a BBQ sauce. Since the sauce is made with only 4 ingredients, it comes together in no time.
This is an overview of the ingredients. To see the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Tofu: I used extra firm tofu that is packed in water. It comes in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. You could also use firm tofu.
- BBQ sauce: I used a homemade 4 ingredient BBQ sauce that only contains 4 ingredients. You could use that or your favorite BBQ sauce.
- Olive oil: So the tofu slides off the parchment easier. You don't have to use it.
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- Drain and press the tofu. If you don't have a tofu press you can place the tofu on a cutting board with a towel under it and on top of it.
- Place a cast iron skillet or other heavy object on top. Leave it on the tofu for 15 minutes or longer. The towel will soak up the water. I rotate the towel a couple of times because the towel gets drenched pretty quickly.
- Slice tofu into ½" slabs. Spread olive oil on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Slather barbecue sauce on tofu. Place on the parchment lined sheet pan. Bake for 20 minutes and flip.
- Spread more BBQ sauce on the other side of tofu. Bake until crispy on the outside.
This Baked BBQ Tofu recipe will last 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
BBQ tofu can be added to a salad, sandwich, fusion tacos, pizza, rice, quinoa, or pasta. It can also be eaten as the main dish served with sides like sriracha slaw, avocado potato salad, or macaroni salad.
- Drain and press tofu the tofu before baking. This will get the water out and make it easier for the tofu to soak up the BBQ sauce. It will also make it bake quicker and get crispy on the outside.
- Don't put too much BBQ sauce on the tofu. Less sauce yields a crispy texture on the outside which is the optimal baked tofu texture. You don't want your tofu swimming in sauce.
- Make a full batch of BBQ sauce, instead of the ½ batch that the recipe calls for, that way you can use it for drizzling on whatever dish you use it in.
- Use in Buddha bowls, over cauliflower rice, on skewers with pineapple, or wrapped in a burrito - the possibilities are endless.
- Eat hot or cold.
This barbecue tofu recipe takes 40-50 minutes to bake.
Extra firm tofu and firm tofu are best for this recipe. I prefer extra firm tofu because it has less water than firm, but firm will also work.
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This baked tofu with BBQ sauce is an easy snack or meal. Just in time for seasonal picnics and cookouts!
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Baked BBQ Tofu
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Slice tofu into ½" slabs. Spread olive oil over a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place tofu on parchment paper. Spread about ⅓-1/2 a teaspoonful of BBQ sauce on one side of each tofu slice, also covering the sides. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes.
- Flip tofu over and spread another ⅓-1/2 teaspoon on other side of each tofu slice. You will have about 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce left over to use for drizzling after tofu bakes. Bake for another 20 minutes. Check tofu and bake 10 minutes more, if needed. Tofu should be crispy on the outside while remaining soft on the inside.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.