This gorgeous tofu recipe involves five minutes of active preparation time. It is then marinated for half an hour and baked for 20 minutes whilst you prepare some steamed vegetables, grains or a salad to go with it.
Smoky Baked Tofu
9oz (250g) firm tofu
1 dessertspoon vegetable oil
2 dessertspoons tamari soya sauce
1 teaspoon cider/wine/balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Large pinch dried thyme
1 small clove garlic, crushed
1. Cut the tofu into slabs about 1cm thick and place in a bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients and pour over the tofu. Turn the tofu to coat it in the mixture. Cover and place in the fridge for half an hour to marinate.
2. Put the tofu on a baking tray and pour the remaining marinade over the tofu. Bake for 20-30 minutes at 200C/400F until it starts to brown and crisp. Serves 2.
*If you can’t get hold of smoked paprika replace it with the same amount of ground cumin.
*Experiment with other dried and fresh herbs such as basil or rosemary.
*If you don’t like garlic, omit it.
*If you are stuck for time don’t marinate the tofu in the fridge. Give the tofu several turns to make sure that it is well coated in the marinade.
*Most of the ingredients in this recipe can be switched around to some degree but whatever you do, don’t skimp on the soya sauce because it really makes the recipe.