How To Make Crispy Baked Tofu | Vegan Recipe

I always get a bit sad when people tell me they’ve don’t like tofu. Like me, their first experience of it is often in its natural state which is pretty bland and squishy. However please don’t let this put you off! Tofu is a good source of protein which makes it an excellent plant based alternative to meat. Through trial and error I discovered that with a few simple cooking techniques you can transform it into a really versatile ingredient.

I make crispy baked tofu at least once a week and it’s my favourite way to cook it. It’s perfect for curries, ramens, stir fries, wraps and salads, or with sweet and sour sauce and rice for a much healthier version of a Chinese takeaway. The tofu is baked in a small amount of oil but takes on a deliciously crunchy fried texture.

My foolproof recipe needs only 3 ingredients and takes just 30 minutes to bake. (Allow extra prep time for pressing).

Without further ado, here is how to make deliciously crispy baked tofu.

Crispy Baked Tofu

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Category: Recipes, Vegan

Cuisine: Vegan

Servings: 2

Crispy baked tofu


  • 1 block of firm tofu
  • 1 and a half tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • Salt and pepper (optional seasoning)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius and line a baking tray with foil or baking paper.
  2. Press your tofu to squeeze out as much water as you can (if using a tofu press I like to set it up at least half an hour in advance of cooking).
  3. Cut the tofu into bitsized cubes.
  4. Add the oil and tofu to a bowl and spoon the tofu until coated
  5. Sprinkle half of the cornflour on top, then turn it over and add the other half. Gently spoon or toss the tofu until it’s evenly coated.
  6. Add optional seasoning/spices.
  7. Transfer the tofu onto the lined tray and bake it in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes (depending on how crispy you like it), turning once.
How To Make Crispy Baked Tofu - using the tofu press
How To Make Crispy Baked Tofu - pressing the tofu
Coating to tofu in cornflour which is what transforms it into crispy tofu once baked
A close up of the crispy baked tofu

Tips and Adaptations

If you intend to eat tofu on a regular basis a tofu press is well worth the money. Squeezing the excess liquid out of tofu improves the texture and helps it to take on flavour.

I use this one from Tofuture which I purchased from Amazon. I like the design of it compared to others I viewed because it is mess free and simple to clean. You just pop the tofu inside, attach the lid and put it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. You’ll be surpised at how much water comes out when you drain it!

To add an extra kick of flavour add some spices to the flour before tossing the tofu. For curries I like to add a teaspoon of garam masala, cumin or curry powder. For a healthy ‘fry up style’ breakfast bowl (as pictured) turmeric and a pinch of chilli flakes works well.

Please let me know if you try this recipe and what you think!


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