Vegan MoFo continues! The Asian grocery store had tofu on sale, so I bought a bunch of tofu and I made these baked tofu sticks yesterday. They're so simple and yummy! Baking the tofu makes it chewy and takes out the moisture, while the marinade adds lots of flavor. You can also play around with the marinade and add ginger, onions, hot sauce, mustard, sugar, vegetable broth or fruit juice. Serve baked tofu sticks with your favorite dipping sauce (BBQ, buffalo, ketchup, sweet & sour, etc.) instead of chicken fingers or chicken nuggets, or use them in salads, sandwiches and stir-fries. What's wrong with eating chicken? Start here.
- 3 lbs. firm tofu (not soft or silken)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- vegetable oil
Make the marinade by combining the soy sauce, garlic, and about one cup of water. Open the tubs of tofu and drain the water, but leave the tofu in the tubs. Pour about one-third of the marinade over each block of tofu. Add just enough water to cover the tofu, and let stand for at least an hour.
Preheat the oven to 400F. Drain the tofu. Cut each block in half horizonally, then cut into sticks. You will probably get 8-10 sticks per block of tofu. Pour the oil into a shallow bowl and gently roll the tofu sticks in oil before placing them on a baking sheet in a single layer, with a little space around each one. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn and bake another 30 minutes, until the tofu sticks are golden brown.
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