You’ve been weirded out by tofu. I know you have, at least once. That’s understandable. Tofu is jiggly, pale, and unfamiliar. Luckily, I’ve got a solution to all three problems. First, this recipe makes tofu that’s crispy on the outside and firm and chewy on the inside instead of soft or squishy. Second, after spending some time in your oven, this tofu effortlessly comes out browned to perfection. And lastly, this recipe tastes like foods you already like. The soy sauce gives it a pleasant savory, sometimes called “meaty” flavor (known as umami), along with a familiar saltiness. Essentially, this 3-ingredient No-Fail Salty Baked Tofu Bites recipe is engineered to create tofu you’ll love.
While this recipe works great as a replacement for meat at the evening meal, tofu’s not just for dinner. My favorite way to enjoy these is fresh out of the fridge as a snack or packed in my bento lunchbox. They’re even firmer when they’re cold but still salty and flavorful, sort of reminiscent of lunchmeat or beef jerky.
Nutritionally, these little nuggets are high protein superstars. One serving has 17 grams. They’re versatile and keep in the fridge for quite a while, so they make a welcome plant-protein addition to salads, stir-fries, wraps, or hash all week long. You might even be tempted to make a double batch!
Besides texture, you might be weirded out by tofu for other reasons. I know a lot of people have heard negative things about soy foods with regard to health. I’m here to tell you they’re unfounded. In fact, your ideas about soy might need an update based on current science. This fantastic article, The Truth About Soy, is written by a dietitian who interviewed other dietitians including the nutrition advisor for the American Institute for Cancer Research and it addresses many of the myths that abound on the internet about the humble soybean. I can tell you that I don’t have concerns about soy’s safety and I eat it every single week at my house.
If you’ve been curious about tofu, now’s your chance. If you already love tofu, here’s yet another tasty way to enjoy it. Give this recipe a try and you’ll be rewarded with chewy, satisfying, golden brown morsels of protein, and absolutely no weirdness.
If you had a tub of these tofu bites in your fridge at the start of the week, how would they get used?