Recipe: Baked Tofu with Sauteed Onions

posted on March 29, 2013

Down to Earth participated in a cooking demonstration at this year's Oahu PrimeTimeSM Wellness Fair and provided us with a bonus recipe for our PrimeTime members.

Baked Tofu with Sauteed Onions
Yields 4-6 Servings

1 (10 or 14-ounce) extra firm block tofu, drained and pressed
1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
1/4 cup sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil + more to saute
1/2 cup nutritional yeast + more if needed
1 to 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
Black pepper, to taste
Salt, to taste
1 onion, sliced thinly
1 to 2 Tablespoons mirin (optional)

1. ​Preheat oven to 375º. Grease a large baking pan (at least a 9" x 12") with a little oil.
2. Slice tofu lengthwise into 8-10 slabs. Set aside.
3. Whisk together soy sauce, oil, nutritional yeast, red pepper flakes, and black pepper in a mixing bowl. Mix until combined - the sauce should be viscous and thick. Add more nutritional yeast if sauce is too watery.
4. Dredge each tofu slab individually into the sauce - ensuring that both sides have been coated. Transfer to baking dish. Repeat with remaining tofu. Be sure to evenly space tofu in baking dish. Reserve remaining sauce.
5. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping tofu halfway through - basting with sauce.
6. While tofu is baking, heat a couple Tablespoons of oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add in onions and salt generously. Allow onions to slowly saute - stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes or until onions have completely softened. Add in mirin and saute for another couple of minutes or until mirin has been absorbed. Turn off heat and set aside.
7. Once tofu is baked, remove from oven and add in sauteed onions. Allow to cook for a few minutes. Serve with brown rice, a light salad or in a sandwich. You can also refrigerate and reheat for each meal throughout the week. Enjoy!

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