This delightful Teriyaki Baked Tofu is a plant-based creation inspired by the classic Christmas Baked Ham, making it a fantastic choice for a festive appetizer or side dish that will undoubtedly enhance your holiday table.
Teriyaki Baked Tofu
Looking for a delightful and satisfying addition to your holiday table? This Teriyaki Baked Tofu recipe takes inspiration from the beloved Baked Ham often enjoyed during Christmas, offering a vegetarian or vegan alternative that will surely brighten up your festive spread. Firm tofu is marinated in a flavorful homemade Teriyaki glaze, resulting in a golden-brown and deliciously glazed tofu that's perfect as an appetizer or side dish.
With its irresistible combination of sweet and savory flavors, this Teriyaki Baked Tofu is bound to impress your guests and become a holiday favorite. Let's dive into the recipe and create a memorable and mouthwatering dish!
To make this recipe, you'll need 6 main ingredients:
- Firm or Extra Firm Tofu: Firm tofu has a sturdy texture that holds up well during baking, allowing it to develop a crispy exterior while remaining tender inside.
- Soy sauce: Soy sauce adds a savory umami flavor to the glaze, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
- Sugar or maple syrup: Sugar or maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness to balance the savory flavors and contributes to the beautiful caramelization during baking.
- Mirin: Mirin, a sweet rice wine, adds a delicate sweetness and depth of flavor to the glaze.
- Garlic: Garlic infuses the glaze with a pungent and aromatic taste, elevating the overall flavor profile.
- Ginger: Ginger adds a subtle warmth and earthiness to the glaze, complementing the other flavors.
- Sesame oil: Sesame oil imparts a rich nutty flavor that enhances the overall taste and adds depth to the glaze.
Press the firm tofu for 30 minutes to remove excess moisture. If using extra firm tofu, you can skip this step.
Use a knife to create diagonal lines on the tofu, forming a criss-cross pattern. Be careful not to cut through the tofu completely.
In a bowl, combine all the Teriyaki glaze ingredients and mix well.
Place the tofu in a bag or container and pour the Teriyaki glaze over it. Allow the tofu to marinate for approximately 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
Transfer the marinated tofu to a baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the tofu becomes golden brown and baked on the outside.
Airfryer instruction: Airfry the tofu for 15-20 minutes at 180C/350F.
During the last 5 minutes of baking, pour the remaining marinade over the tofu.
Remove the tofu from the oven and garnish with sesame seeds and optional sprouts.
Serve the Teriyaki Baked Tofu as a delightful appetizer or side dish for your holiday table.
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