This recipe for Spicy Lemon Tofu is sponsored by Sunrise Soya Foods. Enjoy these crispy baked marinated tofu pieces on bowls, in soups, or on their own!
We will be the first to say just how much we love tofu. Tofu has been something we’ve enjoyed for a long time, even before going vegan. A delicious meat alternative, tofu is a very versatile protein. From crispy appetizers to tofu benedict to tofu scramble – tofu can offer a lot of deliciousness to not only plant-based diet, but any diet!
When Sunrise Soya Foods reached out to us with the task to show people just one of the many delicious ways to enjoy tofu, we had to say yes. As one of our favourite tofu brands, Sunrise Soya Foods tofu is high-quality, delicious and super versatile. Coming in extra firm, medium firm and soft tofu – no matter what you need it for, there is a tofu for you. They even have delicious dessert tofu (Kat’s personal favourite is peach mango flavour)!
For this Spicy Lemon Tofu recipe we’re using their Sunrise Extra Firm Tofu. Extra firm tofu is one of our favourites, because when allowed time to rest in a flavourful marinade the tofu with soak up all the delicious flavour! That’s one of the best parts about tofu! While it has a fairly plain taste with nothing done to it (although we still love it this way), it also is very sponge-like. Meaning if you create a delicious marinade it will soak up that delicious flavour – making it one of the most versatile proteins.
Top tips for making flavourful tofu:
- Create a flavourful marinade or dry rub. Tofu is delicious on it’s own, but its even better when you utilize one of its best qualities – it can take on pretty much any flavour! Tofu is very similar to a sponge in a sense that it soaks up what is around it. So when you make a flavourful marinade for it to soak in, you’re actually adding a whole bunch of delicious flavour throughout every bite.
- Give it time to soak in flavour. You can toss tofu in a marinade and immediately cook it. However if you let it rest for at least 20 minutes, the flavour will soak in even more and result is flavour bombs. Let it marinade as long as you are able to for the best tasting tofu.
- Let it get crispy! Whether you’re choosing to bake it, fry it, or sauté it – give your tofu time to get crispy and add texture. One of the many reasons people have trouble with tofu is the texture, so when you give it the time to bake until the outside is crispy you’re taking your tofu game up a level.
How to make Baked Spicy Lemon Tofu:
Spicy Lemon Tofu
- 60 mL (¼ cup) avocado oil, or other oil of choice
- 45 mL (3 tbsp) red wine vinegar
- 5 g (1 tsp) dijon mustard
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp cayenne powder
- 2 tsp hot chili powder
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 2 lemons, juiced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 block Sunrise Extra Firm Tofu
- To a bowl add avocado oil, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, minced garlic, cayenne powder, hot chili powder, smoked paprika, dried oregano, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir until combined and smooth.
- Cut the tofu into ½" cubes and add to the marinade. Toss until each tofu cube is coated in marinade. Let it rest in the marinade for at least 20 minutes, but longer if you have the time.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- On a lined baking sheet, place marinated tofu cubes with about a ½" between each piece. Bake for 20 minutes until crispy, and another 5 minutes if you want it even crispier.