Tofu doesn't have to be tasteless or scary, I repeat tofu does NOT have to be tasteless or scary. True story, tofu and I do not have the best track record. My mom and I used to make a broccoli tofu fried rice when I was growing up. We liked it...but it was definitely lacking in flavor. Lately, I've been playing more and more with tofu and tempeh (luckily my system tolerates soy very well), but I've been avoiding adding any sweetener to the mix because of my current belly saga. However, tofu really needs a little something sweet. When you just use soy, or in my case aminos or tamari, there is no depth of flavor, and when you only use citrus or spice, unfortunately, the result is just a little bland. My insta-friend Abby of @abbysfoodcourt gave me the push I needed to try it with a maple syrup twist, so I did it and it was absolutely amazing. So amazing that I couldn't not document and share it with you all. It takes minutes to whip up, is better with a couple hours of marination (but it's TOTALLY NOT necessary), and cooks in just a half hour. That gives you just enough time to wash, trim, and roast some broccoli and take some leftover sweet potato or rice out of the fridge.
Ingredients // Pantry items:
- 12oz of very firm tofu (I use hodo soy)
- Liquid aminos (I use Bragg's soy aminos)
- Real maple syrup
- Ginger (or minced fresh ginger root if you're so inclined)
- Red chili flakes
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Slice tofu into cubes (I cut my block into 4 by 4 rows and end up with 16 even-ish squares)
- Mix up marinate in a small bowl - 3 tablespoons of soy aminos or tamari, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder (up to 1 teaspoon if you're using minced ginger), a heaping 1/2 teaspoon of red chili flakes
- Arrange marinate in an empty bowl or throw in a bag, pour marinate, let them sit in the fridge for 20+ mins (I turn my tofu pieces once during marination)
- Arrange tofu pieces on a baking sheet, pour leftover marinate over them, and stick them in the oven for 30 mins with a flip 20 minutes in
Enjoy with anything your heart desires. I'm partial to pairing with kale + japanese sweet potatoes, or rice + broccoli. Let me know what you pair your tofu bites with when you make them! I'm always looking for new ways to spruce up an easy meal.