The great thing about this tofu recipe is you can use it in so many different ways. In fact, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a savoury recipe that these crispy baked tofu bites don’t compliment. They work fantastically as a topper to jazz up your lunch or dinner. Just some ideas…
- Buddha bowls
- Grain bowls
- Stuffed sweet potatoes
- Toast toppers
You could even sprinkle a handful on top of your avo-toast if you’re feeling like adding a bit of oomph to your brunch. Get creative guys, there’s no rules!
Achieving the perfect flavour
Plain tofu has a notoriously mild flavour. This definitely has its advantages, and is one of the reasons that tofu is so versatile, but for the sake of this recipe we definitely want to ramp up that flavour. For this recipe, I’m showing you how simple and easy it can be to get the most out of your tofu….
Sweet Enough. Almost every tofu recipe I come across nowadays contains some sort of sweetener, most commonly maple. That’s great for some, but for those of us who don’t tolerate sugars or sweeteners, or are trying to avoid them, it makes things a little difficult. These crispy tofu bites don’t need any sweeteners, sugar or maple – just a simple blend of seasoning, olive oil, and for sweetness if you like I recommend coconut aminos (made from the sap of the coconut tree) to bring out that umami savoury character.
Go for smoked. Smoked tofu comes packed with natural flavour, and it’s way easier to get hold of than you may think. I chose Tofoo smoked for these baked tofu crispies, which is available at most supermarkets. The smokey flavour works perfectly with that coconut aminos and paprika.
Baked Tofu Crispies (no flour, starch or sweeteners)
- 1 block firm smoked tofu, or super firm regular if you prefer (225g)
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos or GF tamari soya sauce (option to add a little maple if using soya sauce to sweeten or choose a different marinade above)
- 1 tsp - tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
- Optional flaked sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 200C / 180 fan.
- Remove as much of the water as possible from the tofu, either using a tofu press or just press well between a few sheets of strong kitchen paper.
- As you're making cripsies (mini cubes of tofu that can be added to a topper to most meals) chop the tofu into small cubes, about 1cm.
- Place the tofu on a greasproof lined baking tray and toss with spices, olive oil and seasoning. See alternative flavours above if you prefer. NOTE: If using a different brand of Tofu (not The Tofoo Co) that's a larger packet you may need more oil.
- Bake in the oven for 25 - 30 minutes, or until crisp. Cooking times will vary depending on the brand of tofu used and size of tofu cubes.