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Baked Tofu with Cornstarch Recipe (High in Protein)


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Baked Tofu with Cornstarch is our absolute go-to favorite recipe for tofu! We have it at least once a week, and it goes well with so many other side dishes or is amazing by itself hot out of the oven.

Once the tofu is pressed/marinated, there is very little active cooking time.  Just flip the tofu half way through cooking, and let the oven do its magic.

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I love this tofu alongside veggie curry, with a side salad & baked potato, with risotto… or I just pack it and eat it plain for lunch the next day!  Its that good!

This Crispy Baked Tofu Recipe Is:

  • Crispy on the outside
  • Juicy in the middle
  • Crispy
  • Delicious
  • Satisfying
  • Loaded with Flavor
  • Ready in 30 Minutes
  • A Great High Protein Vegan or Vegetarian Dinner for Kids & Adults

What Makes Tofu Crispy?

What’s great about this Crispy Baked Tofu is that you can marinate it in almost anything you want.  But you will want to have the following in your marinade and coating:

  • A salty element:  like tamari, soy sauce, or coconut aminos
  • A sweet element:  such as honey, agave syrup, brown sugar, or BBQ sauce (the sugar makes the tofu crisp in the oven)
  • A tangy element: any vinegar will do, mirin
  • An oil: I like sunflower oil, olive oil, & occasionally a few drops of sesame oil

Once the tofu is marinated, coat it with an thickener like corn starch or arrowroot powder.  Then place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.  Place in the oven and turn half way during cooking.  And voila – you have perfectly flavorful and crispy baked tofu without using a fryer!

What’s In Crispy Oven Tofu?

Be sure to visit the recipe card below for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions!

  • Tofu – I like using a high protein extra firm tofu which doesn’t need to be pressed before enjoying.
  • Garlic Powder: Also a major pantry staple ingredient that gets used in our house daily! I love this garlic powder and add it to a lot of recipes that I would use fresh garlic in too.
  • Montreal Steak Spice: Our favorite spice blend,  probably the one we use most in our home! Montreal Steak Spice is a blend of garlic, pepper, salt, oregano, crushed pepper flakes, and a little dill for an amazing flavor.
  • Corn Starch: the secret to thicken the sauce at the end, it really makes a difference. 
  • Sunflower Oil: our go-to oil for roasting or baking! Sunflower is a high oleic oil, so it’s best to use for high temperatures.
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Dietary Modifications

To make this recipe gluten free, ensure all ingredients you are using are certified gluten free, and always check the labels of ingredients before using.

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Baked Tofu with Cornstarch

This baked tofu with cornstarch is an easy and delicious way to enjoy tofu.  Once out of the oven, the tofu becomes crispy, flavorful, and great to add into stir frys, over rice, or by itself!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 151 kcal


  • 1 (16 ounce) package package of extra firm tofu drained and pressed
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Montreal Steak Spice
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch Sea Salt To taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl, toss the cubed tofu, garlic powder, steak spice, half of the sunflower oil, and corn starch. Toss well to combine and make sure all pieces of the tofu are coated.
  • Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread 1 tbsp of oil on the surface of the parchment paper.  Place the tofu on the baking sheet, spacing the pieces to they don’t touch.
  • Place tofu in oven and bake for 20 minutes.  Flip tofu to the other side, and bake for an additional 20 minutes until tofu is crispy and beginning to brown.
  • Remove tofu from the oven, sprinkle with some salt while it is still hot, and serve!



Calories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 9gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 74mgPotassium: 209mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! Just what I was looking for. We’re oil free but it still got nice and crispy. Thanks. We’ll be having this again soon..

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