Easy BBQ Flavored Baked Tofu

BBQ-Flavored Baked Tofu
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 65 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
216 Calories
6g Fat
30g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 730mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 343mg 26%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 311mg 7%
*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.)

Looking for how to grill (barbecue) tofu? Go here: How to grill tofu 

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). 


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

  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the 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. 

    prep tofu
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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 1 hour, checking occasionally so as not to overcook.

    place tofu and coat
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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 some 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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