The BEST Crispy Tofu {Baked}

  • Author: She Likes Food
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner, Vegan, Gluten Free
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegan


This is seriously the BEST Crispy Tofu Recipe!  It’s baked in the oven and only uses 1 tablespoon of oil!  It’s perfect for your next vegetarian stir fry!


  • 1 (14 oz) container extra firm tofu, patted dry and pressed for at least 15 minutes
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, or your favorite oil
  • 1 teaspoon tamari, or soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder, or corn starch


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.  In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, tamari, garlic powder, maple syrup and vinegar.
  2. Cut the pressed tofu into bite sized pieces and place in the oil mixture.  Use a spoon or spatula to stir the tofu and make sure it’s completely coated.  Next, sprinkle over 1 teaspoon of the arrowroot powder and mix well until all the tofu is coated.  Then, sprinkle on the remaining teaspoon of arrowroot powder and give a gentle mix just until you can’t see the dry white powder anymore.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with a non-stick mat or parchment paper.  Pour the tofu and and arrange it so that none of the pieces are touching each other.  Bake tofu for about 25-30 minutes, until golden and crispy, stirring 2-3 times during the baking.  Let tofu sit for a few minutes to crisp up even more before enjoying.