This Teriyaki Tofu is quick, easy to make, healthy and perfect for a delicious vegetarian/vegan meal! Serve it up with some rice and your favourite veggies!

teriyaki tofu in a ceramic bowl with wooden chopsticks

If you know someone who is convinced that tofu is bland and flavourless, this is the recipe to convert them. Knowing how to prep your tofu can transform it into delicious crispy bites that will convert any tofu hater.

This Teriyaki Tofu is an Asian-inspired recipe that is healthy, vegan and packed full of flavour! If you need even more teriyaki flavour in your life you can serve these up with some teriyaki noodles on the side.

How to make this tofu

Cut the tofu into cubes then coat it with some cornstarch. Bake the tofu in the oven at 425 degrees F for 30 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

While the tofu is baking, prep the sauce by mixing all the sauce ingredients together in a saucepan on medium heat. Toss the tofu in the sauce .(in the saucepan or in a bowl)

Serve the tofu immediately on it’s own, over rice, with noodles or however you like.

A bowl of teriyaki tofu with a napkin on the side

How to make it in a stir fry

If you prefer stir fry teriyaki tofu over baked teriyaki tofu, follow the steps to prep the tofu, then heat 2 tbsp vegetable oil in a large pan on medium-high heat. Fry the tofu on each side (about 2 minutes per side) until golden brown.

If you’d like to add in any veggies, remove the tofu from the pan and saute your favourite veggies. Then add the tofu back in the pan and pour the teriyaki sauce over the tofu and vegetables and mix together.

How to make in an air fryer

To cook the tofu in an air fryer, heat the air fryer to 375 degrees and add the tofu to the air fryer in a single layer. (don’t overcrowd the tofu!) Cook for 10-15 minutes. Once the tofu is done, toss with the Teriyaki sauce.

Tips for making this recipe perfectly

  • Make sure to use firm or extra-firm tofu! While soft tofu is great in things like soups, it won’t crisp up like firm tofu does.
  • Use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat to prevent the tofu from sticking to your pan.
  • Do not prep this dish too far ahead of time. Once the tofu is tossed in the sauce it should be served immediately to maintain its crispiness.
chopsticks picking up a cube of teriyaki tofu

FAQ

What is Teriyaki sauce made of?

Teriyaki sauce is made out of three main flavours: salty, sweet and tangy. This is usually achieved with soy sauce, sugar and vinegar. The sauce can be made in a variety of different ways.

How do I make the tofu crispy?

Always use firm or extra-firm tofu to start. Next, squeeze out as much of the liquid as possible before proceeding. You can always use a tofu press for this, but I personally don’t use one. Coating the tofu in some cornstarch before baking or pan-frying, will also help the exterior of the tofu become crispier.

What can I serve with Teriyaki Tofu?

There are so many ways to serve up this recipe! Serve it over some rice,(regular or fried rice) serve it with some noodles, or serve with with your favourite vegetables.

Does it keep?

This recipe keeps in the fridge for 1-2 but it’s definitely best enjoyed fresh. The tofu will lose it’s crispiness if it’s not eaten right away.

How do I reheat it?

You can reheat this in a pan on the stove or in the microwave. My personal preference is in a pan with a touch of oil. This will help the tofu cubes get a little bit crispy again once you reheat them.

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teriyaki tofu in a ceramic bowl with wooden chopsticks

Teriyaki Tofu

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Teriyaki Tofu is baked to perfection, crispy and coated in the tastiest sauce! Serve it on its own or over rice


Ingredients

Scale

Crispy baked tofu 

  • 1 block firm or extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (can sub vegetable oil)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch 

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 3 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar 
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • one 1-inch cube of ginger, chopped 
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed in 1 tbsp cold water 
  • 2 tbsp water 

Extras

  • Jasmine rice to serve
  • Sliced green onions 
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Using a paper towel, press down on the tofu and squeeze out as much water as possible.
  3. Cut the tofu into cubes then toss it in a bowl with the avocado oil and cornstarch
  4. Spread the cubes of tofu on a baking sheet making sure none of the cubes are touching, and bake for 25-30 minutes flipping halfway through. 
  5. While the tofu bakes, prepare the sauce 
  6. Whisk all the sauce ingredients together in a saucepan on medium heat. Once the sauce begins to heat up it should start to thicken. (about 2-3 minutes) Once you notice your sauce thickening remove it from heat. 
  7. Toss the baked tofu cubes into the sauce. (This can be done directly in the saucepan or in a bowl.) 
  8. Serve immediately. 

Notes

Make sure to use firm or extra-firm tofu! While soft tofu is great in things like soups, it won’t crisp up like firm tofu does.

Use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat to prevent the tofu from sticking to your pan.

Do not prep this dish too far ahead of time. Once the tofu is tossed in the sauce it should be served immediately to maintain its crispiness.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe
  • Calories: 320
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 12g

Keywords: teriyaki tofu, baked tofu, tofu with teriyaki sauce, healthy tofu