Baked Peanut Tofu

This baked peanut tofu is marinated in a delicious peanut sauce that gives the tofu an amazing flavor and crispy coating. Just pair it with rice and a veggie side for a full meal!

If you’ve been an Eating Bird Food reader for awhile, you know I’ve been on a food journey over the last few years. I used to be pescatarian and now I’ve expanded to a balanced, whole foods approach. I eat meat (organic and sourced sustainability) but I still love my plant based meals! This is a great recipe whether you’re a tofu lover or are just thinking about incorporating Meatless Monday into your week.

Bowl with kale topped with sesame seeds, crispy baked peanut tofu, and rice topped with scallions.

I’m always looking for new ways to make tofu and given my love for peanuts, this baked peanut tofu was bound to happen! We’re basically just coating tofu in a delicious peanut sauce and baking it until it’s golden brown and crisp.

Ingredients in the Peanut Sauce

  • peanut butter – obviously, gotta have peanut butter if you’re making a peanut sauce
  • tamari – I like to use low-sodium tamari. And if you’re not familiar, tamari is essentially just soy sauce without wheat so it’s gluten-free.
  • rice vinegar
  • miso paste
  • red pepper flakes

This peanut sauce is so versatile. I’ve used it on a variety of proteins and veggies and it’s been delicious every time!

Bowl with kale topped with sesame seeds, crispy baked peanut tofu, and rice topped with scallions. A glass of water and chop sticks are next to the bowl.

How to Make Baked Peanut Tofu

You’ll want to leave a little time to prep this meal so the flavors can marinate into the tofu! Mix it up in the morning and have a delicious dinner waiting for you at the end of the day. 🙂

Start by pressing your tofu. Drain out all of the liquid from the extra-firm tofu package and then use a tofu press OR wrap the tofu “bricks” in paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Place on a flat surface and top with some heavy items to press the excess water out! I like to use a cast iron skillet, canned goods or heavy cookbooks.

While your tofu is being pressed, mix the sauce together until well blended. Cube your tofu, pour the sauce over and stir to cover all of the pieces. Cover your container of tofu and sauce and let the mixture marinate in the fridge for at least an hour. I like to marinate mine for about 5-6 hours or even overnight.

Cubes of tofu coated in a peanut sauce before being baked.

When you’re ready to bake, pre-heat the oven to 350ºF and bake the tofu on a non-stick pan for 30-40 minutes or until tofu is nice and crispy and golden brown.

Sheet pan with crispy baked peanut tofu and a spatula lifting tofu off of the sheet.

The tofu comes out of the oven looking like chicken nuggets from Chick-Fil-A (one of my favorite foods growing up) and has an amazing texture and peanuty taste. This might be my new go-to tofu recipe! It’s delicious served over brown rice, white rice or rice noodles with a veggie on the side. I like it with kale (this garlicky kale would be perfect) or roasted broccoli.

Bowl with kale topped with sesame seeds, crispy baked peanut tofu, and rice topped with scallions.

Other Tofu Recipes you Might Enjoy:

If you make this baked peanut tofu recipe, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

White bowl with kale topped with sesame seeds, crispy baked peanut tofu, and rice topped with scallions. Chop sticks are next to the bowl. The bowl is sitting on a blue and white striped folded napkin.

Baked Peanut Tofu

Brittany Mullins
This baked peanut tofu is marinated in a delicious peanut sauce that gives the tofu an amazing flavor and crispy coating. Just pair with rice and a veggie side for a full meal!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 227 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 16 oz package of extra-firm tofu pressed to remove liquid
  • to serve: rice of choice and veggies

Peanut Sauce

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/8 cup hot water
  • 1 Tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon miso paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes add more for more spice

Instructions
 

  • Once tofu has been pressed, chop into 1/2 inch cubes.
  • Add peanut butter, water, tamari, rice vinegar, miso paste and red pepper flakes into a bowl and whisk until smooth. You can also use a blender for this.
  • Pour the sauce over the tofu cubes and toss to cover all the pieces. Marinate the tofu in peanut sauce and place in a covered container in the fridge for at least an hour. I marinated mine for about 5-6 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Place marinated tofu on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray and bake for 30-40 minutes, flipping once around the 15 minute mark. Remove from oven and serve tofu with sides of choice. I like to serve it with rice and some sort of veggie. I also like adding a little Sriracha on top for extra heat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of recipeCalories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 15gFat: 14gSodium: 297mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5g
Keyword peanut tofu
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    53 comments
    1. CounselorChick
      June 2, 2021 AT 8:33 pm

      5 stars
      I added these to a lentil/cauliflower/parsnip pasta. DELICIOUS!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 3, 2021 AT 9:44 am

        Woo!! I’m so glad this tofu was a hit. Thanks so much for the review!!

    2. Tyler
      May 28, 2021 AT 3:40 pm

      5 stars
      This recipe rules, and so do you Brittany! Thanks for making my life better with this recipe! I use your tofu as the protein in a baby spinach salad I make, to which I also add some chopped mini bell peppers and diced avocado and then I dress it with a little bit of Island Soyaki sauce I get from Trader Joe’s! The way the peanut sauce mixes with the avocado and that soyaki is divine. I’ve been making it once a week for over a month now, and I can’t imagine I’ll stop making it anytime soon!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 1, 2021 AT 2:43 am

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Tyler! Thanks for the review, I so appreciate it!

    3. Ava
      May 4, 2021 AT 6:12 am

      I wonder when I can get myself together to try new recipes like this and spice up my food life.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 4, 2021 AT 10:30 am

        Let me know if you try it 🙂

    4. Brandi
      May 1, 2021 AT 7:46 pm

      5 stars
      I love this tofu recipe so much! It is in regular rotation at our house. Sometimes I set the tofu up to marinate the night before so I know all I have to do for dinner is make some rice and roast some veggies. This peanut butter coating is delicious. Thanks for making tofu taste better 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 1, 2021 AT 8:49 pm

        So glad this recipe has been a hit! Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it, Brandi.

    5. Rache
      April 21, 2021 AT 5:41 pm

      5 stars
      So easy and delicious!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 21, 2021 AT 8:19 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Rachel. Thanks for the review!

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