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Baked Tofu with Tahini Marinade

This baked tofu with a 4-ingredient tahini marinade is full of flavor and a great addition to any salad or buddha bowl.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Diet Vegan
Keyword tahini, tofu
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 330kcal


  • oven


  • 600 g tofu ~ 2 blocks of tofu
  • 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 ¼ 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.


You can adjust the ratio of liquid sweetener to soy sauce to sriracha to your preferences.
Instead of sunflower seeds, you could also use walnuts, almonds, hemp seed hearts, cashews or other types of nuts and seeds.
Instead of tahini, you could also use peanut butter.