Apr 19

Fluffy Sesame Baked Tofu

Do you watch Food Network?


I do did when I had cable.  It’s actually one of the 3 things I miss about cable.  The other 2: Bravo and sports channels.  Side note: this would indicate I’m some combo of a gay man and a jock.  Nope – I’m a Southern girl. :)

Food Network’s new shows for 2012 were announced a while ago and I’m super-sad to miss one in particular – Blind Dinner Party.



Slated for October of 2012, this new show will be hosted by none other than The Notorious CHO!  This may call for an order of cable… of a standing self-invite to a friend’s house.

The premise is that she hosts a dinner party for 7 total strangers “who come from completely different backgrounds, beliefs and views on everything – come together to break bread in the most dysfunctional family dinner imaginable.”

I want to be at that dinner party!


Maybe they would let me cook for the party/show?  I’m sure someone would be offended that I didn’t serve meat

…but who doesn’t love baked goods?  Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies… tofu.



If you haven’t tried it before or if you *think* you don’t like tofu, come on over and let me serve it to you baked.  It will only cost you a good bottle of red.  Kidding.  Sort of.

If you saw the dinner I posted for yesterday’s WIAW, you know that I made a Sesame Baked Tofu.  The biggest difference between baked and grilled tofu is the inside.  When baked, tofu’s outside gets crisp, but the inside gets soft and fluffy.  It’s a wonderful texture to bite into!



The coating of liquid aminos (or soy sauce) and sesame seeds is awesome with just a bit of heat on the end from Chinese 5-Spice (you could also use red pepper flakes).  Garnish with a bit of refreshing cilantro (unless you are one of those people who thinks it tastes like soap).



Sesame Baked Tofu

  • 1 block extra-firm tofu, pressed
  • 1T liquid aminos (or soy sauce or tamari)
  • 1T rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5-Spice
  • 1 T sesame seeds
  • Cilantro, for garnish


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with non-stick foil, or spray with cooking spray.

Drain liquid from tofu, cut in half horizontally, and press for 15 mins.  You may use a tofu press or – if you’re fancy like me – stack 5-6 large cookbooks on top.  Slice pressed tofu into cubes.

In a medium bowl, mix together liquid aminos, vinegar, and 5-spice.  Toss tofu in mixture to coat evenly.

Spread tofu out evenly across baking sheet.  Sprinkle with 1/2 of the seeds, flip, and sprinkle the opposite side with remaining seeds.

Place in oven and bake for 10-12 mins on each side, or until golden brown and looking “fluffy.”


Spring weather and festival season make the work week longer.

Have you ever baked tofu?

What is the biggest reason you have (or don’t have) cable?



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  1. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    I definitely miss Food Network and Bravo (and HGTV)! I try to get my fill at the gym. I’m especially sad to be missing the new Around the World in 80 Plates, and this new show sounds amazing. I want to throw a Blind Dinner Party!

    Oh, your tofu sounds amazing. :)

    1. Laura

      I wish my gym had cable. Sadly, my building is as cheap as I am.

  2. Nadiya @ Milk and Honey

    Oh wow there seem to be so many tofu recipes posted up lately :P Need to try one of them for sure ^^

  3. Lee

    You can bring that tofu over to my house. I have cable!

    1. Laura

      It’s a deal!

  4. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate

    I haven’t had tofu in ages. Must remedy this.

  5. Karen

    I haven’t heard of that show yet…sounds fun! Must schedule the tivo for that one…

    I don’t cook with tofu often, well, really, never…it’s been a LONG time. But this really sounds good and so flavorful.

  6. Parita @ myinnershakti

    Just what I was looking for! Thanks!!

  7. Kat

    Does it scare you that I think this is pretty close to what I had as part of a school lunch yesterday? Baked tofu is on the menu about once every other week.

    1. Laura

      Not at all! I always order it at Asian restaurants. :)

  8. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

    I love baked tofu – and broiled, too!

    1. Laura

      Broiled? Good call!

  9. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    I haven’t eaten tofu in quite a while, I should remedy that. Food Network is on of the few things I miss about cable too, but for the most part I’m really glad it’s gone.

    1. Laura

      Same here – and I never miss the bill!

  10. Baker Street

    Wow! I’ve never tried baked tofu. Is that hard to believe? I must correct that quick. The sesame topping sounds perfect.

    1. Laura

      You must try it! Let me know how you like it. You could use just about anything for a marinade.

  11. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    Mmmm….this looks delicious! If my oven ever starts to work again, I could give it a try! ;) I still love cable – it’s how I record all the shows that I watch when I’m multitasking. Like cooking (tv in the kitchen), riding the bike (tv in the living room), or writing a post (tv in the living room). It’s also how we watch Phineas and Ferb before bed. :)

    1. Laura

      You’re poor oven? Maybe you deserve a new one? *evil grin*

      What is Phineas and Ferb?

      1. Heather @ Better With Veggies

        Have I told you I’m a Nickelodeon & Disney freak? :) http://tv.disney.go.com/disneychannel/phineasandferb/

        1. Laura


          1. Heather @ Better With Veggies

            Hahaha – how did that NEVER come up, Well I am, Kirk and I both. This is why we don’t need kids – we already are kids at heart. :)

  12. Sheena Clark

    Love 5 spice! I had almost this exact tofu concoction atop spinach for lunch today!

    1. Laura

      Mmmmm… spinach… that would have been awesome to saute some greens with srirachs to serve with it.

  13. Jenny @ simply be me

    I miss the food network too! We don’t have cable because we just end up watching it because it’s there, not because we are captured by a show. Plus, I can watch all of my shows on the Internet (on my time) so there really isn’t a need to spend money on both :)

    1. Laura

      Video killed the radio star… I wonder if Internet will kill the TV star?

  14. janet @ the taste space

    Love your addition of Chinese 5 Spice! I was thinking of doing a C5S veggie strifry this week, actually, and this tofu looks like it would go well with it. :)

    I don’t have a TV – no time to watch and if I did, we watch on our laptop (we have started to use Netflix which has some tv shows on it). Also lots of shows are available online too (some are for Americans only so I can’t watch but I know it is out there!) We like to watch Property Virgins online from time-to-time as a short show.

    1. Laura

      Awesome! Let me know how you like it!

      I’m the same way with the internet TV watching, although even that has fallen by the wayside.

  15. Carol @ Lucky Zucca

    You are a girl after my own heart with this recipe!! I’ve never tried baking tofu but I am definitely going to now. And sesame seeds are my favorites. YUM! Pinned. :D PS – that show DOES sound awesome. And you can come over to my house and watch it any time you want ! :)

    1. Laura

      You’ll love it! I’ll bring some if I can come to your house to watch TV. :)

  16. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    I love me some tofu and I will eat in just about any form. I would love to try your baked version (I love the addition of sesame seeds).
    I don’t have cable…my house decided to tell The Man (i.e. Time Warner) we weren’t paying their outrageous prices.
    Instead we have a Western Digital device and get Netflix (just means I have to watch shows later). I also like Hulu.

    Bigger question why don’t you have cable?

    1. Laura

      Same reason, really. I bought my place on 2010 and never got cable. I do have an antenna, but I never change the channel from ABC. I’d rather have the extra $100 a month to spend on important things… like Whole Foods. :)

  17. Carrie

    I eat so much tofu! Baked is my absolutely favorite way to prepare it.

  18. Allie

    Mmm, I love baked tofu! It’s so good even just plain–great combo of textures. I don’t have cable because, honestly, I just don’t care about tv, so why the hey would I pay for it? If I need entertainment, I’ll rent a redbox movie once a week or so and save some moolah.

    1. Laura

      Ditto! There are soooo many other things I can do with that money.

  19. Laura @ LauraLivesLife

    I miss ESPN and Bravo too (oh and having a DVR, because I hate missing things because I’m asleep)! Really, though, I’m home so rarely that it is best not to pay for it!

    OH, and I miss House Hunters. I loved that show. Loved it.

  20. Catalina @ Cake with Love

    I have a block of extra firm tofu sitting in my fridge for too long, it is time to use it, and I love this recipe, now Chinese ingredients hard to fins, and the list is short, but the tofu looks great! That show sounds interesting we have cable and keep it just because we got a good deal with Comcast, I try to watch it!

    1. Laura

      Do let me know if you try it! If you can’t find the 5-Spice, you could just use red pepper flakes a a bit of orange zest.

  21. janetha @ meals & moves

    It’s been too long since I made tofu. Yours looks great!

  22. Choc Chip Uru

    Tofu is absolutely my favourite source of protein! Your dish is incredible :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  23. Meg

    Thanks for sharing your recipe, love :) I always love them, but you knew that already ;) I love baked tofu and agree, the texture is just amazing. Mmm I have a craving right now! Thanks a lot Laura ;) I have to go buy me some tofu now ;)

    P.s. I definitely think they would let you cook for them and if they objected I would give them a what for ;)

    1. Laura

      Thanks for having my back, Meg! ;)

  24. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    Great recipe! I really want to make it, but I don’t have Chinese 5 spice… is there a mixture of spices I can substitute?

    1. Laura

      You could just use some red pepper flakes and a bit of orange zest. It’s a pretty simple spice mixture!

  25. Candy @ Healthy In Candy Land

    Baking is pretty much the only way I prepare tofu anymore. It is just so good!
    We have cable, although I’m not sure why. We don’t watch cable channels that often. (Although I do DVR Bethenny Ever After–shhhh! and when I am super bored–ha!–I watch HGTV or whatever is on Food Network.) Blind Dinner Party sounds really fun!

    1. Laura

      This is how bad I am… I’ve never even heard of Bethany Ever After!

      1. Candy @ Healthy In Candy Land

        That’s probably for the better.

  26. sportsglutton

    I lived without the sin of cable during grad school, but now indulge because I MUST watch sports. ;-) Tofu? Not happening here, unless its the wife’s version of this: http://craftyglutton.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/guiltless-pasta-with-creamy-tomato-sauce/

    1. Laura

      That looks delish! Great minds – I recently made a tomato soup in a similar fashion. It’s going over pasta next time!

  27. CJ at Food Stories

    Major congrats on being in the FoodBuzz top 9, today!

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!!

  28. Holly

    This sounds a bit like the show Un Diner Presque Parfait that they have here in France, only it’s just regular people and usually no one famous. (an almost perfect dinner)

    Anyway, you can bake me some tofu anytime and I’ll bring the red. There’s an organic vineyard here that has one of the best grenache grape reds in the region. Almost as good as Chateauneuf.

    This looks fabulous. I have some tofu in my fridge I was planning to bake this week. :)

    1. Laura

      The name of the French program is certainly my prettier! :)

      Any mention of Chateauneuf perks me up. I’d love to try that grenache!!

  29. Ally

    Believe it or not, I have never done tofu at home, but I love it when I have it at restaurants! Your recipe is inspiring me to try it for myself. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Laura

      It’s one of the easiest things to make I swear. The cool thing is that it will take on any flavor, so the sky is the limit!

  30. Suzi

    Hey I saw this made the Top 9. So happy to see tofu there. I’ve been out of town so missed some delicious posts. Great job, baked really does give a nice crispness.

    1. Laura

      Thank you, Suzi!

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