Our kitchen is pretty much overloaded with kitchen appliances — name one and we probably have it. I mean we even have a Garlic Zoom, a tofu press and an avocado slicer.

Although he doesn’t say it, I think Isaac sometimes gets annoyed by all my kitchen gadgets, but I like them and I actually use most of them regularly… well maybe not the avocado slicer, but we’ll keep that a secret. Plus, I let Isaac have a whole room of our house dedicated to his beer collection and brewing equipment so I think I deserve to have as many kitchen gadgets as I’d like. 😉

Anyhow, if I had to choose which of our kitchen appliances were my favorite (excluding the big ones like the oven, garbage disposal and dishwasher), my Vitamix would definitely top the list, but our toaster oven would be right up there with it. I should clarify that it’s not just any toaster, it’s a Toastation toaster and oven so it has the slots for toast, but it’s also an oven!

Hamilton Beach Toastation Toaster Oven

We use it for toasting bread (obviously), but we also use it for all sorts of other things, namely heating up leftovers and cooking quick meals. It’s seriously so much better for leftovers than the microwave — things come out of the toaster oven crisp and hot instead of limp and wet. If you’re a leftover hater and you don’t own a toaster oven, you should probably add one to your holiday wish list because it might change your mind about leftovers.

A couple months ago Hamilton Beach (which is headquartered in RVA!) reached out to me about partnering on a couple blog posts. I immediately agreed — we already owned the Hamilton Beach toaster oven and I like Hamilton Beach products in general so it seemed like a great fit. They offered to upgrade our toaster oven so now we have a new, sparkly clean model. <– After 7 years of regularly using the old one (and not using foil to over the tray) it was looking well-loved, in a bad way.

So today I’m sharing one of my favorite toaster oven recipes AND giving you a chance to win a Toastation of you own! Exciting stuff.

Baked Tofu in Toaster Oven

First up, let’s talk about this baked tofu. The recipe is super simple, doesn’t require any marinating time and tastes absolutely delicious! The breading makes it perfectly crisp, while the garlic, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper add a good amount of flavor.

A little pressing, a little seasoning, 20 minutes in the toaster oven and boom, you have some tasty tofu cubes to use in whatever way you’d like. I love using it to top salads but you can also toss it in a stir-fry or pasta or even eat it on its own with a dipping sauce.

Before toasting/baking:

Baked Tofu Prep

After toasting/baking:

Toaster Oven Baked Tofu

Yum. Kind of looks like chicken nuggets! 😉

And here’s my favorite way to enjoy baked tofu:

Toaster Oven Baked Tofu Over Salad

Oh and I should mention, if you’re local to Virginia, Twin Oaks Tofu is the best tofu ever and is what I used for this recipe. If you don’t have Twin Oaks Tofu near you, just make sure it’s extra-firm.


Toaster Oven Baked Tofu

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings


  • 1/2 block extra firm tofu, pressed and patted dry
  • 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon gluten-free oat flour (any flour will work)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Cover toaster oven baking sheet with foil and preheat to 400°. Cut tofu into 1/4 inch cubes. Combine the nutritional yeast, flour, oil, garlic, pepper and salt in a container with a lid.
  2. Add the tofu to the container. Shake well to coat the tofu.
  3. Place tofu onto baking sheet in a single layer and and bake in toaster oven for 15-30 minutes, turning the tofu every 10 minutes until tofu is the texture you desire. I like mine golden brown and crispy. Serve tofu over salad, stuffed into a sandwich, in a stir-fry or on its own.


**I only used 1/2 a block of tofu because a full block would be too much for the toaster oven and the tofu wouldn’t crisp up properly.
**If you don’t have a toaster oven, you can bake the tofu in your regular oven.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
  • Calories: 100
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 8g

This post was sponsored by Hamilton Beach, as always opinions are my own. 

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  1. We’re in a similar situation to you guys…we have the old version of that same toaster oven, love it, and it’s in need of a face lift! I can’t imagine going back to 2 different appliances when one does it all.

  2. Hey! It’s Nita…it was nice to finally meet you at Pure Barre today!! I love slot toasters and my husband loves to use the toaster oven instead of the microwave so this would be great for us! Also could use it to make this and some of your other recipes in the Jan 28 day transformation! !

  3. I have a busy, on-the-go kind of family, and often do big batch cooking sessions on Sunday nights to prepare for the week ahead. I use my oven and crock pot extensively; having a toaster oven too would make things much easier!

  4. Ahhh this is SO great!!! My husband and I are 6 months vegetarian and still looking for good ways to cook tofu. I don’t have a toaster oven but now that we are all settled in our new place I’m setting up a new coffee station and a toaster oven was one of the things I wanted to put there. I’m pinning this recipe and I’d love win that oven!

  5. I’m on a gluten free diet, but my boyfriend isn’t. He isn’t allowed to bake his bread in the oven. So a second oven would be very handy. Of course the new one would be mine, cause it’s also a toaster 😉

  6. We don’t own a toaster or toaster oven so this would wonderful to win! Plus, I’d love to try your recipe. It looks delicious and I’m always looking for creative new ways to cook tofu.

  7. We’ve been without both toaster and toaster oven for a few years– my old Hello Kitty toaster died and we figured we could just use the oven or stovetop when we needed it. However, using the oven for little things uses up a lot of energy and heats the house up big time, which then uses more energy for the house to cool it down. And using the stovetop requires a bit more attention, which is fine, but we also have a crazy toddler and it’d be nice to focus every spare bit of attention on her. This would be such a practical thing. Love it. Thank you for partnering with them! Hope I win!

  8. I would love this toaster oven! It’s sounds like a fantastic little appliance. I do not use a microwave. We have a gas oven, which is wonderful but I would love to not have to fire it up for smaller meals.

  9. I would love to have this toaster oven instead of using the microwave to heat food! There are only two of us and this would definitely save on using the oven for small items.

  10. I have NEVER owned a toaster oven (can you believe it?!), and recently got rid of my microwave. I love that this pulls double duty and works as a toaster as well!!

  11. The toaster oven is one great invention! Something invented to make our bread crispy and delicious now has so many other uses, like toasted tofu of course (YUM). I would love to have the benefit of owning and cooking with a Hamilton Beach Tostation.

  12. I am in need of a new toaster oven! I use mine almost daily and thevbuttons ha e fallen off so I have to use needlenose pliars to turn on the timer! Help!

  13. I currently use my oven to toast my tofu, and although it works well, a toaster definitely be more energy efficient, I just haven’t gotten around to buying one yet. Winning this toaster would would definitely be great!

  14. I haven’t had a toaster oven for two years! When I moved in with my husband, I had left my toaster oven behind. We didn’t get a new one because he had a regular toaster. And I don’t know how I went two years without one! I used mine for everything, especially heating up leftovers!! I need another one badly!

  15. I’d love to win because I used to have a toaster oven but don’t anymore and I miss it! I used to make all sorts of things – hot sandwiches, roast up veggies, heat up leftover pizza, and that tofu looks amazing!

  16. I’m graduating in May and have been slowly collecting kitchen essentials in preparation for moving out of the dorms and my parents’ house, so winning a toaster oven would be incredible!

  17. One of my roommates in college had a toaster oven and I loved using it to heat up leftovers or make a quick pita pizza! So much better than the microwave and so much faster than preheating the oven. I’d love to have one again!

  18. I would love to win the Hamilton Beach toaster oven because I’d like to move away from using the microwave so much, and I would LOVE to have a way to roast/bake small amounts of items without heating up my whole oven!

  19. I have not used a toaster oven since my college dorm banned them! I would like to try one again – obviously they have come a long way since then!!

  20. I’d love to win that toaster oven so I could do things like heat up leftover pizza without turning on my big oven, which warms the house. This is great in winter, but not so much in summer

  21. I use my toaster oven often because I hate heating up my stove’s oven for small items. Love the fact that this toaster oven has slots in the top for toast! Your tofu looks fantastic as do all your recipes! Thanks Brittany.

  22. I would love to win a toastation. I’ve been eyeing toaster ovens for over a year and for some reason forgot to put one on my Christmas list!

  23. I want to win so I can try out this recipe. I have a regular toaster but not a toaster oven. I guess I could make it in the oven though.

    By the way, the tofu looks amazing. I have such a hard time getting tofu to turn out well. I like it a little crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. The best tofu I’ve had in my life is the ma po tofu at PF Chang’s. If I could get my tofu to turn out like that I’d be a happy girl.

  24. I would really like the toaster oven because we eat left over frequently and many times I didn’t want to wait and heat up the big oven for such a small serving. I think the toaster oven would be much quicker and save on electricity (when the microwave just isn’t the appropriate kitchen gadget). Thank you!

  25. I would love to win so that I can use it at work to heat up leftovers instead of using the microwave! The microwave is convenient, but food just isn’t the same as it would be in an oven!

  26. I would love to win as we are a small family who needs this perfect size toaster oven to grill, toast and bake when needed. It really saves on all the electricity bills and did I say Hamilton Beach makes the best sturdy appliances? They last a very long time.

  27. Mine just broke a couple of weeks ago and it has been so inconvenient! It would awesome if I could get a new one for free 🙂

  28. I’d love to try one of these toaster ovens…seems so much more economical to use versus heating up the “big” oven for smaller items.

  29. I have been wanting a toaster oven for some time now…so this would be perfect! I would find all sorts of stuff to make in there 🙂 Thanks!

  30. I’m so excited to know this exists! I would love this because it is such a space saver! Our kitchen is so small and we have very little cabinet space and counter space, so a two for the space of one would be amazing! Especially since my husband has to have all the kitchen gadgets.

  31. This is one kitchen appliance we don’t have (I’m also a kitchen gadget addict!), so I’d love to have one to have on hand for small batches of cooking, like your tofu recipe, and heating up leftovers!

  32. I’ve always wanted a toaster oven – I just have never purchased one. They are quick and easy so you don’t have to drag out the toaster or go through the trouble of taking the time to preheat the oven, etc! Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. A toaster oven would be a great addition to my apartment because, like you said, it’s a great way to quickly heat up leftovers! 🙂

  34. I bought my Toastation a few years ago and absolutely love it! It doesn’t take up much counter space, and I like that it’s a multipurpose appliance. I never thought about using it to heat leftovers (not a huge fan), but I’ll definitely try that!

  35. I would love to win this toaster oven…and the fact that you can use it as a regular toaster too is such a great space saver! Our regular toaster is on it’s last leg…this would be a great replacement appliance. 🙂

  36. This is a great idea for a family and who’s toaster finally died. I could do toast on top for my picky eaters and put the bagels in the toaster for me and my husband at one time. Brilliant!

  37. I have a convection oven that has seen better days and have been thinking of getting something new, but just haven’t decided what kind/brand/size, etc to get, so…..i still need a new one! I would love to win this!!!

  38. I generally meal prep at the beginning of the week, so end up reheating leftovers throughout the week. I would love this toaster oven so I can avoid using my microwave so much! You’re right, the microwave does leave food kind of soggy and not as delectable as it was fresh!

  39. I have an small toaster, but no small oven. Would love one for keeping the kitchen cool, or small jobs. Thanks for the opportunity.

  40. I would love to win this because what better way to make more counter space than to have a 2 in 1 product.

    I have a tiny kitchen with not a lot of counter space having a regular toaster oven and a toaster plus the other appliances laying around surely takes up a lot of space. To have the option to gain counter space back would be perfect.

  41. I would use this to make breakfast for me (I have to be to work by 5am!) and for quick dinners after the kids soccer, taekwondo, horseback riding, boy scouts, and ballet! It would truly be a blessing for quick dinners on chaotic nights!

  42. So…….did I mention how I HATE wasting energy heating the oven everyday to cook for one person??!!! I promise to give a Toastation a happy, loving, kitchen!

  43. My old haggard toaster oven (I purchased the unboxed discount-table item) is a staple in our kitchen. I wouldn’t toast tofu in it though…. It would not handle the heating process very well, I’m afraid. I, too, love and trust Hamilton Beach products. They seem to last a good long time! This product would be a welcome, much loved addition to my kitchen.

  44. Your baked tofu looks brilliant; I often add soy sauce to mine. Now (true story) it never passed through my mind to just do it in a toaster oven. Probably because my toaster oven is ancient and not very reliable. So, i’d like to win this new one and do it this way. Think about in summer not heating up the entire kitchen!
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  45. I would love to have a toaster oven so I don’t always have to heat up the large oven that takes a lot of electricity when I am only heating something for one person.

  46. this is an amazing gift, I love to entertain and having this wonderful toaster oven would surely help, the tofu and added bonus to serve the evening we have our family over to exchange gifts, thanks for the chance – happy holidays, merry Christmas

  47. I would love to have one of these because being a new teacher, I’m always looking for ways to cook quick meals, and this little toaster oven looks like just the thing!

  48. Three of the four heating elements in my toaster are broken, so your waxing poetic about the benefits of a toaster oven are making me think I should just buy a new one, but I’m stubbornly holding on because that last heating element still works, haha. That tofu looks great!

  49. I grew up with a toaster oven – no regular 2-slice toaster! I didn’t even own a normal toaster until last year. I do miss having a toaster oven though. One of my favorite things growing up was tuna boats: top-brown half of a hamburger bun, then put tuna salad on it covered by a piece of cheese and put it in the toaster over until the cheese bubbles! Toaster ovens are great for small yummy treats that don’t need to have an entire oven heated up.

  50. I never thought of making tofu in the toaster oven, such a great idea! I would love to win this appliance because the one I have now is acting up, plus it would be nice to have an actual toaster again.

  51. I would love to win a new one because mine has to also be around 7-8 years old and is certainly well-loved! Also, this model looks awesome with the toast slots on top.

  52. I miss my toaster oven! Mine was broken when we moved. 🙁 This model looks lovely! My kids loved homemade cheese sticks in the toaster oven.

  53. I make mug cakes and single serve cookies on a daily basis, and I always do them in the microwave, but my mug cakes and cookies end up being chewy, dry, and taste weird, but I don’t want to have to turn on the oven, wait for it to preheat, etc., so I really really need a toaster oven!! Plus I heat food everyday and use the microwave too much and that’s not healthy at all…!

  54. Since we have been married more than 3 years, my husband and I have never owned a toaster. So I toast bread in a frying pan. I would love to have a toaster because we would use it quite frequently!

  55. I don’t use a microwave but I also don’t have a toaster or toaster oven. This looks like a great duo model for everyday use! Also the recipe looks delicious!

  56. I’m just starting off on my own (moving out of my parents) and I would love a toaster oven! I don’t have one as of yet and this sounds amazing! Also, I would love to try this tofu recipe!

  57. As a vegetarian, I am always looking for better ways to make tofu… and I have already ruined a pan trying to fry it. I would be thrilled to have the toaster oven to use and not compete for stove top space.

  58. I want to win because we don’t have a toaster or a microwave so this would be great not only for toast but also heating up leftovers!!

  59. This toaster oven looks so nice.. Would be a great replacement for my old one that doesn’t match the kitchen 🙂 Must try this recipe too.. Great idea! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  60. I would love to win this toaster oven! Sometimes it’s a pain to heat up the big oven and the microwave makes things soggy. Plus this toaster oven would even look good on my counter top.

  61. Would love to win! I live on my own and having a toaster oven is so much more energy efficient than using the big oven when you are cooking for one!

  62. A toaster oven seems like a great way to heat something up quickly without having to preheat your big oven. I would love to win one.

  63. I don’t have a toaster oven and I imagine it will come in very handy to make quick meals, especially since we have a baby on the way!

  64. I would love to win a toaster oven so I can try out that recipe myself! I hate the way the microwave makes food taste, so I bet this toaster oven would totally spice up my leftover life.

  65. I’d love to win this!! My bf has a toaster oven at his apt and makes tons of things In it without having to hear up the huge oven. The fact that it has a slot for toast too is just awesome!

  66. Two reasons why I’d like it.

    I LOVE toasting bread in the oven and HATE toasters — it never gets to the amount of toastiness I find optimal. The second reason is that I often need the oven for 2 separate things at the same time, and this would allow me to be able to save time and use both!

  67. My toaster is dying a slow death. I’ve never owned a toaster oven but friends say it’s their favorite kitchen item so I would love to give it a try.

  68. Loved my microwave when it was an innovative appliance, but after many soggy reheats the hunt is on for a spanking new toaster oven. My 4 slice toaster is now just a 3 slicer so this combination would be a blessing. Fingers crossed for a new one for Xmas. Thanks for the opportunity.

  69. I love that you get two for one in an appliance! We definitely need a new toaster these days, ours is on its last leg. I use my toaster oven a lot more in the summer to reduce heating up the kitchen but it’s an old bulky one so it gets stashed away otherwise.

  70. Brittany-
    I would love the Toastation! I grew up with a toaster oven-which I love for many reasons you mention, reheating, etc. But I love toasters/slots for toast. I have never seen a machine that has both. This would become a quick go-to. Please choose me:)

  71. That recipe looks delish! I can’t wait to try it, thanks for sharing.

    I would love to add that toaster oven to my kitchen gadgets, We have a regular toaster but I hate it. And this would offer up so many other options than toasting bread like you said!

  72. I love using my toaster oven when making small things that would be a waste for the oven. Mine is definitely well loved at this point lol.

  73. Toaster ovens are so convenient and this one looks awesome! Also, why have I never thought to bake tofu before? I can’t wait to try this!

  74. As a recent grad, I am trying to increase my kitchen gadget collection 🙂 I still don’t have a toaster oven, so this one would do the trick! It looks lovely!

  75. I have wanted a toaster oven for years and just never got around to buying one! I used to have one and I LOVED it, but when I moved out on my own, I never ended up getting one.

  76. my fiancé and I were JUST talking about how we don’t have a toaster and a toaster oven would be that much cooler, and like fate, I read this blog post!

  77. Our toaster just kicked it. This would be perfect! I’ve never thought of doing tofu in the toaster oven before – have to try it.

  78. Oh my goodness! This sounds so silly, but my mom always used our toaster oven growing up and now I haven’t used one in ages! I would love the chance to try out a new Toastation and cook up all of those recipes my mom used to make for us. 🙂

  79. This sounds like an easy way to get everyone to eat tofu! I always had a toaster oven growing up but haven’t had one since. I think it would be great when you are only cooking small things like pita pizzas and in the summer when don’t want to turn the oven on. Plus making leftovers more appealing would be great since we are usually terrible about eating them.

  80. In desperate need of a toaster oven! I hate soggy leftovers, but don’t have a toaster oven, so I’m stuck with the microwave 🙁

  81. I live in a VERY old apartment. It’s a pain to start up the oven for little things.. and living alone means a lot of little things! My oven is inefficient so in the summer I avoid it like the plague.. since I don’t have air conditioning either. Although, in the winter.. it’s a really nice perk.

  82. We used to use our toaster oven on a daily basis, but then it stopped working and we never got around to replacing it. I’d love to get back into that habit. A Toastation sounds like a good start!!

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