Easy BBQ Flavored Baked Tofu Recipe

BBQ-Flavored Baked Tofu
The Spruce
Ratings (56)
  • Total: 65 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
231 Calories
7g Fat
32g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 231
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 743mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 12g
Calcium 371mg 29%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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The sugar in barbecue sauce is really what makes this BBQ-baked tofu cooking method (with just two ingredients, it's so easy that I can hardly call it a recipe!) work so well, but other marinades and sauces will work, so have fun experimenting with different flavors! I like to use a good quality Texas style barbecue sauce and serve on sourdough for a perfect vegetarian sandwich

This is also a great vegan recipe if you need to feed a crowd, since it's so easy, and, depending on the size of your oven, you can prepare a huge batch fairly quickly. And, if you're new to cooking with tofu, this is one of the first vegetarian tofu recipes I recommend you try (another one of my favorite recipes for tofu newbies are these breaded and baked tofu "chicken" nuggets). 

With nothing other than tofu and barbecue sauce, this recipe is vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free (though it never hurts to check the ingredients on the barbecue sauce you use to make sure it is gluten-free if needed). 

Ingredients

  • 1 (1-pound) block firm tofu (or extra-firm tofu, well-pressed)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    ingredients
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  2. First, prepare your tofu. Like most vegan tofu recipes, this one will taste best if you press the tofu first. 

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  3. Preheat oven to 325 F.

  4. Line a cooking sheet with aluminum foil. This will help make cleaning up easier. Spoon a thin layer of barbecue sauce across the lined pan.

    spread mixture on baking sheet
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  5. Slice pressed tofu into 1/2-inch thick cutlets and place in pan. Spoon a layer of sauce across the top of the tofu and bake for approximately one hour, checking occasionally so as not to overcook.

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  6. Your tofu will be all the way done cooking when the barbecue sauce has baked in and the tofu is moist, but not saucy. You can always brush on extra sauce if you'd like.

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  7. Serve your bbq baked tofu in a sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, relish and extra barbecue sauce. Yum!

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