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baked marinated tofu on a baking tray

Easy Marinated Tofu (Oil-Free)

  • Author: Allie
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This easy marinated and baked tofu is super flavorful and oil-free.  It’s very versatile, so adjust the added flavor components to suit your preference, or it’s also tasty with just tamari and maple syrup.


  • 1 (12 ounce) package firm or extra firm tofu or super firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup tablespoons tamari or low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (optional)


  1. Drain the tofu, then press for 20-30 minutes.  Then pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Mix the marinade together.
  3. Slice the tofu into 1/4-1/2 inch slabs.
  4. Place the tofu slabs in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over it, flipping the tofu slices to make sure they’re covered in the sauce.
  5. Let the tofu marinate for 20-30 minutes, flipping halfway through to ensure even marinating.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).
  7. Line a baking tray with a silicone mat or parchment paper and lay the tofu evenly spaced on the tray.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.  The time will vary depending on how thinly you sliced it.
  9. The finished tofu will have firmed up and turned golden brown.


  • If you can’t find tamari, low-sodium soy sauce works well.  I don’t use regular soy sauce because it’s too salty.
  • Use firm, extra firm, super firm, not silken.  Your super firm tofu may not need to be pressed, I slice mine, then dry it off with paper towels.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes (includes pressing tofu)
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: main course
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American, Asian

Keywords: oil free tofu marinade, baked tofu easy, tofu marinade