This easy sweet and spicy Maple Chipotle Baked Tofu is crispy on the outside. Perfect for a salad or sandwich.
Here I've combined maple syrup and adobo sauce to create my favorite flavor combination - sweet and spicy. This Maple Chipotle Baked Tofu is just that.
Baking tofu is a great hands-off way to prepare tofu. After draining and pressing your tofu and preparing a marinade, there's not a lot to do.
Baking tofu is a whole lot cheaper than store-bought and you can control the ingredients. Many packaged baked tofu products have gluten, so making your own is a great way for those of us who are gluten intolerant to be able to enjoy it.
There's so many different flavors that you can make, many of which you won't find in the stores. Customize the flavors to your liking, like I have done here.
If you love the combination of maple and chipotle as much as I do, check out my Maple Chipotle Cashews, my Maple Chipotle Back Bean Lettuce Wraps, or my Chipotle Black Bean Dip. They all combine maple and chipotle.
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 packaged in water in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. You could also use firm tofu.
- Maple syrup: Adds sweetness. You could use another sweetener, but it will completely change the flavor profile. Maple and chipotle go wonderfully together.
- Chipotle in adobo sauce: I used the adobo sauce because you don't have to blend the chipotle pepper. If you are gluten free, make sure to read labels, some brands contain gluten. You could also use chipotle powder.
- Salt: Enhances flavors.
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- Drain and press the tofu to get the water out. If you do not have a tofu press, you can place the tofu in between a clean towel and place a heavy object on top, like a cast iron skillet. Let sit 15 minutes.
- Combine maple syrup, adobo sauce (from the chipotle in adobo can), and salt. By using the adobo sauce instead of the chipotle peppers themselves, the tofu isn't too spicy.
- If you want it spicier, use a chipotle pepper instead. You'll just need to throw it in a food processor, which is one reason I used the adobo sauce.
- Bake the tofu until it gets crispy on the outside.
This Crispy Baked Tofu is an easy hands-off recipe, making it perfect for busy weeknights. Another easy baked tofu recipe is my Asian Tofu Meatballs.
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I love a small baking sheet for this baked tofu. The one below is the one I own. It fits perfectly in a toaster oven.
Maple Chipotle Baked Tofu
- Mix adobo sauce, maple syrup, and salt. Cut tofu into 12 slices. Marinate in the adobo sauce and maple syrup for at least an hour to overnight.
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Bake marinated tofu at 400° for 20 minutes, flip and bake another 20 minutes, or until crispy on the outside.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.