Baked Ginger Sesame Tofu Bowl With Peanut Sauce

The Newfoundyorker
by The Newfoundyorker
2 servings
1 hr 30 min

I have tried A LOT of tofu recipes and this is one of my absolute faves. If you are new to cooking with tofu, be warned - it is bland! But I choose to think of it as a blank canvas, ready to soak up whatever flavors you can offer! Most good tofu recipes require a marinade, and this one is no different. In fact, the longer you marinate this tofu, the better it will taste! I like to get it into the marinade and refrigerate early in the morning so it’s ready to go into the oven when I’m ready for lunch or dinner.

For this bowl, I cut the tofu into strips, and paired it with rice, steamed veggies and peanut sauce. But sometimes I cube it and add to noodle bowls, or veggie fried rice. It's very versatile! Original credit for this tofu recipe goes to "Bad Manners Food", but there's nothing bad about any of this!

Finished Ginger Sesame Tofu bowl with rice, veggies, and peanut sauce.

Ginger Sesame marinade

Tofu slices in marinade

Baked Ginger Sesame Tofu Bowl With Peanut Sauce
Recipe details
  • 2  servings
  • Prep time: 1 Hours Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 30 min
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Ginger Sesame Tofu
  • 1 Block firm or extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsps lime juice
  • 2 tbsps coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 tsps toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsps sriracha or other hot chili sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic - sliced
Peanut Sauce
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsps rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsps lime juice
  • 2 tsps minced ginger
  • 1 tsp soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sriracha or other hot chili sauce
Ginger Sesame Tofu
Drain and press one block of tofu for about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450F
In a small bowl, add all marinade ingredients and whisk to combine.
Slice tofu into 1/4 inch slices and place in a shallow dish. Cover entirely with marinade, and refrigerate for anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight.
Remove tofu from marinade, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spoon some marinade on top and bake for 15 minutes.
Flip the tofu slices, add some more marinade, and bake for another 10 minutes.
Flip again, add more marinade and bake for a final 5 minutes, until the edges start to get golden and crispy.
Peanut Sauce
Stir together the peanut butter and warm water until smooth.
Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and stir to combine fully.