Recipe: Baked Salt & Pepper Tofu

Last updated: March 22, 2023, at 5:00 a.m. PT

Originally published: July 15, 2020, at 11:11 a.m. PT

baked tofu

Whether you're vegan or just looking to try a different type of protein, this healthy salt and pepper baked tofu recipe will keep you coming back for more! Tofu is a great source of protein with a relatively long shelf life. This baked tofu is seasoned simply, so it can be added to salads, noodles, rice, burrito bowls, or stir-friy.

Yields: 2 1/2 cups
Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 (14 oz) block tofu, firm or extra firm
  • 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon or cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Drain the tofu and slice into slabs about 1” thick.
  • Place a clean towel on a cutting board and lay the tofu slices in one even layer on top.
  • Cover with another clean towel.
  • Place a cutting board on top of the wrapped tofu and place a heavy pot or cans on the board to create a press.
  • Allow the tofu to press and drain for 15-30 minutes. Once excess moisture is gone, cut tofu into 1" cubes and transfer to a bowl.
  • Drizzle tofu with oil and sprinkle with cornstarch, salt, garlic powder and pepper.
  • Gently toss until evenly coated. Arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet so the tofu is spread out in an even layer with space between each piece.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking time.
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