Savory, filling, and delicious! This Broiled Toaster Oven Tofu recipe is my favorite way to make tofu in our little oven. The broiler caramelizes the outside of the tofu while keeping the middle tender and moist. The tofu wedges are a tasty snack on their own and make a great addition to veggie wraps, burritos, stir-fry, and zucchini bowls.
When we first started eating meatless, my husband Tim immediately fell in love with tofu. Unfortunately, it’s always been one of my least favorite foods.
Whenever I’d try tofu it was either greasy from being fried, weirdly chewy or just bouncy and bland. I couldn’t figure out why anyone would eat it when there are plenty of delicious meat-free ways to get your protein-on like sriracha marinated tempeh, all the beans, quinoa, eggs, and yogurt.
After years of trying every tofu recipe and cooking method under the sun, I finally came up with a recipe that changed my mind.
If you’re not on Team Tofu yet, I hope it will change your mind too.
The recipe doesn’t involve fussy steps like cornstarch coatings or frying and it’s loaded with great flavor from an easy to customize marinade.
After hearing it described as “meaty” by meat-eaters and having a family friend successfully cook it in their toaster oven (thanks for the feedback Brian!) I knew it was ready for the site.
So what do you say, want to make some tofu that actually tastes good?
~ Keep scrolling for step by step photos & toaster oven tofu tips after the recipe ~
- 8 ounces Tofu, extra-firm or super-firm
- 1 tablespoon Liquid Aminos (substitute soy sauce)
- 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha Sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon Granulated Garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon Granulated Onion
- Drain tofu and slice into 1/2-thick square pieces. Stack the squares on top of each other and slice into triangles.
- Lay a lint-free towel on a baking sheet. Place the tofu pieces on half of the towel. Fold the other side of the towel over the tofu. Place a second baking sheet on top and stack with cans. Press the tofu for 15 to 30 minutes.
- To make the marinade, whisk together the aminos or soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, vegetable oil, sriracha sauce, garlic, and onion in a shallow covered container or resealable plastic bag.
- Add the pressed tofu to the container. After one minute flip the pieces over. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, flipping the tofu (or bag) once or twice while it marinades.
- When ready to cook the tofu, adjust the rack in your toaster oven to the top or middle position and set to Broil on High. Lightly oil a baking sheet.
- Remove the tofu pieces from the container, shake off any excess marinade and place on the prepared pan.
- Broil until the top of the tofu is browning and crisped on the edges, about 7 to 8 minutes.
- Use oven mitts to remove the pan and carefully flip the tofu.
- Return the pan to the toaster oven and broil until the second side is browned about 3 to 6 minutes or more depending on your toaster oven.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
Tofu: The marinade recipe is for 8 ounces of tofu, about half a full-sized package. If you want to make a whole 16 oz package just double the ingredients,
Sweetener: You can also use agave, honey, or just leave it out if you want.
Oil: We try to use a high-heat oil like grape seed or avocado oil but olive oil will work too.
Granulated Garlic: If you only have garlic powder that’s okay just use a little less.
Granulated Onion: This is the magic ingredient IMHO but it still tastes good without it.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 8 Triangles
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149 Total Fat: 7.8g Saturated Fat: 0.8g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 528mg Carbohydrates: 5.4g Fiber: 1.3g Sugar: 3.8g Protein: 14.1g
How To Make Toaster Oven Tofu
Step 1: Pick Your Tofu
This recipe works best with extra-firm tofu or super-firm tofu. The edges get crispy but the middle is still tender and the tofu pieces don’t fall apart when flipped.
If you’re not a big tofu fan, you have to give Super-Firm Tofu a try!
It has the least moisture of all the varieties. You don’t really even need to press it, I just blot away excess moisture with a towel.
One downside: I’ve only seen it sold in 16 oz packages so you’ll either need to double the recipe or store the rest for later.
Small Household Tip: Look for twin-pack style containers of Extra-Firm Tofu.
In these packages, the big block of tofu is divided into two containers. The containers are easy to separate with scissors or a knife. This way you can make one 8 oz-ish portion and save the other still-sealed half for later.
Step 2: Drain, Slice, and Press
To start, open the tofu container and drain out the water.
There are a lot of ways you can tackle pressing tofu. I prefer to slice our tofu before pressing, it seems to get more moisture out.
After draining, slice the tofu into 1/2-inch thick squares, steaks, sticks, or triangles. The triangles are fun because they’re a great size for snacking and adding to other meals like salads and wraps.
How we press tofu without using paper towels:
- Lay a lint-free towel on a clean surface like a baking sheet.
- Place the tofu pieces on half of the towel.
- Fold the other side of the towel over the tofu.
- Place a cutting board or another baking sheet on top.
- Stack with cans or something heavy, like a few cookbooks.
- Leave your tofu to press/drain for 15 to 30 minutes.
Step 3: Marinade Your Tofu
Combine the marinade ingredients in a shallow covered container or resealable plastic bag and mix well.
Add the pressed tofu and let it sit for a minute, then flip the pieces over.
Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. If you can remember, flip the tofu (or bag) once or twice while it marinades.
To make this tofu during the week, I like to press the tofu in the morning and toss it in the marinade before work. Come dinnertime the tofu will have soaked up all that yummy flavor.
Step 4: Prep Your Toaster Oven
Once you’re ready to broil the tofu, remove it from the fridge and let it sit on the counter for 5 to 10 minutes to come to room temperature.
If you’re using a smaller toaster oven like our little Oster, adjust the cooking rack to the top placement and set to “Broil” on high.
Sometimes I use the pan that came with our toaster oven but I really like our new 1/8 Nordic Ware sheet pan. It’s big enough to hold the 8 ounces of tofu and fits in the Oster.
For our larger Breville Smart Oven Pro, I use our trusty Quarter Sheet Pan which can hold 16 ounces of tofu.
Speaking of bigger ovens…most manuals suggest broiling with the rack in the upper position but larger toaster ovens and countertop ovens have very strong top heating elements that can burn foods like tofu or toaster oven s’mores.
If your Broiler is not adjustable, set it to High (500) but move the rack to the middle placement.
If the Broiler is adjustable, you can leave the rack in the top placement if you want and just lower the temperature.
For more about the “Broil” setting check out this post for the 3 Easy Toaster Oven Settings To Get You Started.
Step 5: Make Your Tofu
Lightly oil your baking sheet. Then remove the tofu pieces from the container, shake off any excess marinade, and place the tofu on the pan.
Broil until the top of the tofu is browning, slightly crisped on the edges, and the middles are still tender/squishy when pressed. This usually takes about 7 to 8 minutes in our toaster ovens.
Using oven mitts, remove the pan and carefully flip the tofu.
Return the pan to the toaster oven and broil until the second side is browned. About 3 to 6 minutes or more depending on your toaster oven.
Keep an eye on it, the second side will brown faster than the first side.
Step 6: Dig In
Serve your tofu warm or at room temperature. It tastes great as a snack on its own or added to salad and wraps.