This recipe for baked tofu with a tahini marinade is simple to make with only a few ingredients required. The tahini marinade adds a perfect touch of sweetness and spiciness. You can easily prepare the marinade in advance and let the tofu marinate until you’re ready to bake it.
What You Need For The Tahini Marinade
To make the tahini marinade for the baked tofu, you only need 4 ingredients:
- maple syrup (or agave syrup or another liquid sweetener)
- sriracha (or your favorite hot sauce)
- soy sauce (or tamari if gluten-free)
Feel free to adjust the ratio of sweetener to sriracha to soy sauce if you want your marinade to be a little sweeter, spicier or more salty. Because the marinade turns out quit thick, I suggest to add some water. Don’t add all the water at once. Instead, add a tablespoon at a time so you can better control the consistency.
How You Can Serve This Baked Tofu With Tahini Marinade
Here are a few suggestions how you can use this baked tofu recipe and combine it with other ingredients to make a delicious meal:
- Make vegan sushi and add cucumber, spring onion, carrot or avocado along with the baked tofu to your sushi rolls. You can even save some of the marinade to drizzle on top.
- Combine the baked tofu with your favorite type of grain (like quinoa or brown rice) and some baked veggies (broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, bell pepper, zucchini…) for a delicious bowl.
- Make thin slices of tofu instead of sticks and add to a sandwich or burger with lettuce, tomato slices and pickled cucumbers.
- Add to a vegetable curry for some additional plant-based protein and serve with rice.
Baked Tofu with Tahini Marinade
- 600 g tofu ~ 2 blocks of tofu
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
For the tahini marinade
- 4 tbsp tahini
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or another liquid sweetener of your choice
- 1 tbsp sriracha or your favorite hot sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari if gluten-free
- Start by mixing together all the ingredients for the tahini marinade. You can adjust the amount of sriracha and liquid sweetener to make it sweeter or more spicy.
- Then, add roughly 1/4 cup of water in total, one tablespoon at a time. The marinade should have a runny consistency.
- Place the sunflower seeds in a food processor and pulse a few times until crumbly. Add salt and pepper.
- Cut the tofu into sticks or cubes or slices or any shape you like.
- Dip each piece in the marinade and coat evenly, shake to remove any excess marinade.
- Sprinkle some sunflower seed crumbles on all sides and place on a lined baking tray.
- Bake in the oven at 180-200C for 20-25 minutes, flipping after 20 minutes.