Lemon Herb Baked Tofu

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I’ve been meaning to make lemon herb tofu last week but I couldn’t because I didn’t have the herbs. Haha, yes, what good is “lemon herbs” if you don’t have herbs, right? It’s like I was just browsing and I suddenly thought of this idea, and wrote a big list of what I want in it.

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This makes a really pretty looking dish cos you can decorate it with fresh herbs and lemons.

I will tell you a bit of a crazy story here. When we tried to get the herbs, they had everything besides THYME, and worst of all, TIME was running out that day!

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So, right now the evil word in my list is “time” or “thyme”, it’s hilarious that they’re pronounced the same. So yes, time is evil, literally, and that hopefully tells you to never trust the supermarket as you have no idea what they may or may not have.

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In the end, this turned out really awesome, though because we got the thyme late, I had to add it towards the end. It still worked out brilliantly though! I have to say, I’ve seriously been missing out in the past because I never knew baked tofu could taste so nice, when it’s really firm and hard, it serious tastes amazing.

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Lemon Herb Baked Tofu

1 packet extra firm tofu (I used Sprouted)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
3/4 teaspoon Himalayan/sea salt
A few generous sprinkles lemon pepper/pepper
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
Zest of 1/2 lemon
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh oregano
2 sage leaves, finely diced

Garnish
1-2 wedges lemon
A squirt of lemon juice
A small sprinkle mixed fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage)

Open the packet of tofu and drain out all the water. Give it a little rinse and squeeze as much water as you can from inside the tofu. Sometimes, it requires several squeezes. Once it’s looking dry enough, use some paper towels to press down to suck away more water.

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Slice the tofu into small, thin rectangles and let them dry a bit more.

In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, maple syrup, salt, lemon pepper/pepper and garlic. Use a grater to get the zest (skin) from half a lemon. The zest should be so finely minced that it doesn’t take shape. Chop the garlic into very fine mince and add it in as well, then get all the herbs, remove the leaves from the stem and put it in the marinade. With the sage leaves, be sure to dice them up finely.

Carefully place all the tofu in a shallow dish or bowl and drizzle the marinade over it, toss and turn it around so the tofu is well coated. Leave it marinating for about 30 minutes to an hour.

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Preheat oven to 300°F (148°C) about 20 minutes before you are going to bake them.

Spray an oven tray with non-stick cooking oil and align the tofu pieces on the tray side by side. Then, drizzle the remaining marinade over the tofu.

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Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes on one side, then take it off and flip all the tofu over (yes, that may take a while). At that stage, one side should be golden. Bake the other side for another 40 minutes until both sides are golden brown, and the tofu should be now very firm and chewy.

Spoon it into a plate and garnish with some chopped lemon wedges, some lemon juice and mixed fresh herbs.

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Lemon Herb Baked Tofu
Serves: 2
 

Ingredients
  • 1 packet extra firm tofu (I used Sprouted)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • ¾ teaspoon Himalayan/sea salt
  • A few generous sprinkles lemon pepper/pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh oregano
  • 2 sage leaves, finely diced
Garnish
  • 1-2 wedges lemon
  • A squirt of lemon juice
  • A small sprinkle mixed fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage)

Instructions
  1. Open the packet of tofu and drain out all the water. Give it a little rinse and squeeze as much water as you can from inside the tofu. Sometimes, it requires several squeezes. Once it’s looking dry enough, use some paper towels to press down to suck away more water.
  2. Slice the tofu into small, thin rectangles and let them dry a bit more.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, maple syrup, salt, lemon pepper/pepper and garlic. Use a grater to get the zest (skin) from half a lemon. The zest should be so finely minced that it doesn’t take shape. Chop the garlic into very fine mince and add it in as well, then get all the herbs, remove the leaves from the stem and put it in the marinade. With the sage leaves, be sure to dice them up finely.
  4. Carefully place all the tofu in a shallow dish or bowl and drizzle the marinade over it, toss and turn it around so the tofu is well coated. Leave it marinating for about 30 minutes to an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 300°F (148°C) about 20 minutes before you are going to bake them.
  6. Spray an oven tray with non-stick cooking oil and align the tofu pieces on the tray side by side. Then, drizzle the remaining marinade over the tofu.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes on one side, then take it off and flip all the tofu over (yes, that may take a while). At that stage, one side should be golden. Bake the other side for another 40 minutes until both sides are golden brown, and the tofu should be now very firm and chewy.
  8. Spoon it into a plate and garnish with some chopped lemon wedges, some lemon juice and mixed fresh herbs.


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5 comments

  1. Shelly

    I made this last night along with the stir-fry veggies, and both were soooooo yummy! I’ve never baked tofu before, but it turned out excellent – you can really taste the flavors so much more by baking. Thank you for creating and sharing. I’ve already passed along the recipe and your website to a friend who is vegan (I’m not, but do enjoy vegan meals.)

    I’m now scrolling through to find other recipes to make. Thanks again!

    • Susanna

      OMG so excited the baked tofu turned out great :D YAY! that makes me really happy to hear, and thank you sooo much for sharing the site :D That is really nice of you!!

  2. Lovecats

    Dearest Susanna,
    thank You so much for all your recipes and hard work you put into sharing them. Could you please advise me on how to cook silken tofu? I don’t want to eat it cold in a salad or something. Is there any way at all to cook it? It just doesn’t soak up the flavours so well. I usually just throw it in a soup, but I was wondering if there is anything tasty I could make with it :) And since you are an expert at tasty, so… I hope this isn’t too much to ask, but maybe you could do a little recipe on that? Or in fact, any advice will be greatly appreciated.
    Kind wishes

    • Susanna

      HI!! Ohh what a great idea to work on silken tofu. Are you wanting more of a soup or a stir fry or something harder? I would love to make a recipe for a tofu soup or something, though it may be a while before getting into the kitchen as we have to move first. But i will definitely keep that in mind!

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