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Simple Baked Tofu

What you need: 

3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound firm tofu, cubed

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F if baking now. Mix all ingredients except tofu in large bowl. Add tofu, toss thoroughly, and let marinate or bake right away.
2. If you have a cooling rack, lay out the tofu on the rack with a tray underneath to catch the excess liquid. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the tray and put the rack back in for another 15 or until it starts to get golden brown edges.
This will keep in the fridge for at least a couple of days, and you can throw them in stir fries, salads, or whatever. When they are warm, the flavor comes out better; but where I worked we would just eat them cold while we were cooking. These are pretty good on the grill, too.

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes, Cooking time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 
25 minutes
Servings: 
2-4
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I've made this twice now, and it is very good, but I do have a recommendation: double the liquid in the recipe. The first time I made it I left it as is, and it was not liquidy enough to marinate. So the second time I doubled the liquid (soy sauce and balsamic vinegar, I did not double the oil) and it turned out much better. I highly recommend the marinating. I use it cold on salads. Thanks!

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i used reduced sodium soysauce and still thought this was extremely salty. i will try it again, but with way less salt, if any.

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loved it!  i wanted it firm so I baked at 400 for 40mins - it was yummy and chewy.  Also, I had no ginger, so I used a substition I found online: 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 3/4 tsp cinnamon, 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg.  It was sooo tasty - kind of like a jerk seasoning.  I suggest spreading all of the extra marinade over the slices and letting it bake on.

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Anonymous

This was great.  I've already made this a few times in a couple of months.  I don't like food too salty so I omitted the salt & used low-sodium soy sauce.  Also, I cut the tofu in thin, flat slices to put into sandwiches.  Terrific recipe :)

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