Thursday, July 5, 2012

Oven Barbecued Tofu

This is an old favorite of mine. My mum made it growing up and I have used it to change many people's mind about tofu. It's delightfully tasty and really simple.

This recipe will make enough to feed two people...unless you're like my husband and I! We love it so much that I can never make less than a double batch. :) Go ahead, make a double batch. You'll regret it otherwise.

Here is what you will need to get started:

1 package of firm tofu (*Side note!* I always freeze my tofu before using it. Then thaw it out that morning. This helps the tofu hold together better, even if you purchase extra firm. So freeze your tofu!)
3 Tbl peanut butter
1/3 cup oil (I use olive but vegetable or canola will work too)
1 Tbl paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 bottle bbq sauce (I use a regular flavor)

1/4 cup oil (approximate for the baking sheet)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees! Also take a baking sheet and spread about 1/4 cup of oil on it. You just want to make sure that there is a thin layer of oil across the sheet. If you really want to be healthier, you can replace the oil with cooking spray but the tofu will end up a little crunchier.

First you need to cut your tofu into 1/3-1/2 inch slices. Make sure you squeeze out as much of the liquid as possible from it! This is where freezing your tofu really comes into play. If you've ever had your tofu just fall apart when you cut it or squeezed it, freezing it prior to using it will take care of this issue!

Set your tofu aside. Gather up the rest of your ingredients and put them together in a bowl

Whisk these together until the mixture is smooth.

Now it's time for the sauce to meet the tofu. You can pour it over the tofu or do what I do and dump the tofu in the sauce you've made.

Kind of push the strips into the sauce and make sure that you completely cover them with the sauce.

If you're more organized than me you can allow the tofu to marinate for an hour. I'm usually running two hours behind though so this never happens!!!

When your tofu is ready, lay it out in a single layer on your baking sheet.

Bake the tofu for about 25 minutes. Then pull it out and flip it over. The bottoms should be browned.

Now take your BBQ sauce and brush some over the top of the tofu. 

Put it back in the oven and bake another 25 minutes. Pull it out and flip it over again. Put BBQ sauce on the top again...which will be the side that doesn't have sauce on it! Put it back in the oven and bake it for about 15 minutes. Pull it out and you are done!!! 


*Baking note!* The times I've given you may need to be adjusted. They are for a thicker (closer to 1/2") slice that turns out fairly crispy. If you make thinner slices or don't want it really crispy, cut the time down. For example you could cook it 20, 20, and 5 minutes. My husband doesn't like his very crispy, I do. So I pull some out for him early and then crisp mine up!


  1. These are really good when the tofu is a little thick. Of course I would say that.

  2. They are great cold on sandwiches...if there are ever any left:]

  3. I just found your blog over on Tasty Kitchen. This looks amazing and I can't wait to make it -- thanks for the fantastic dinner idea!

  4. I have never made anything near as your bbq tofu so far though we have plenty of tofu. Its so nutritious plus cost me a couple of dollars only. Thats new for me in adding peanut butter and sure a try because it looks so good.

    1. Let me know if you try it and how you like it. This is one of our favorite meals! I agree, tofu is wonderful and so cheap considering the nutrition that you get from it!!

  5. I've never eaten tofu, but if ever tofu appealed to me, this would be it. I like the idea of it BBQ with a sauce that isn't full of poisons and also done crisp. :-)

    1. ha ha! You should try it! I've seriously won over numerous previously tofu scared people with it. =] It tastes like a tender meat that's been barbecued. Trust me, my husband was terrified of tofu before I made him this!

  6. this sounds absolutely super! :)

  7. I have never eaten tofu but this looks good... although I would have to change the peanut butter as hubby is sensitive to it. Thanks for sharing on FFF

  8. I LOVE tofu. It is definitely an under appreciated food. Can't wait to try this!

  9. We have a unique book on plant based meals made on a barbeque grill that people are just loving. --GRILLS GONE VEGAN-- I thought you may want to add it or review it on your site. For those who need to reduce meat, it is possible to eat healthy and not give up the mouth watering flavors of grilled food. A digital sampler is available for review, and also a hard copy. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you, Mary Ellen,


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