I love salt and pepper tofu, and I love it even more when I can cook up a healthy version with very little hands-on work!
We eat a lot of baked tofu at my house. Evenings around here get a little bit crazy, because Darrol Henry needs extra attention the closer we get to his bed time. That means less prep time for supper, and convenience rules. This salt and pepper tofu is oil free, delicious, and requires only a few minutes of active cooking time!
I can throw tofu fingers or cubes on a baking tray, then pop them in the oven when we start bath time and have supper on the table maybe 10 minutes after Darrol goes to bed. That’s huge. Dave and I try to always have supper after baby bedtime, so that we can enjoy a couple of hours of baby-free time that’s just us. I try not to let cooking cut into that too much.
This salt and pepper tofu is a variation that I just tried last week. Dave liked it so much that he asked for it again the very next night!
I’m also not joking when I say that this is the easiest salt and pepper tofu recipe I’ve ever made. I’ve done the breaded and fried variety. I’ve breaded and baked. This one skips the messy breading part but still comes out firm and dippable, because you bake on a higher heat. It’s so simple that the second time I made it, Dave did the flipping and seasoning while I wrapped up baby bedtime. This is a man that is very much a recipe-follower. It says a lot when he can jump in on something I’m making on the fast and loose.
Salt and Pepper Tofu Fingers
There is one thing that you definitely need to make this recipe: a Silpat. I don’t usually call for specialized tools in the kitchen, but seriously, the pair of Silpats that I picked up on the cheap have changed my life. You can bake without greasing the pan, so it makes cooking less mess and so much healthier! You can use it for this recipe or any time you’re baking cookies or veggies on a baking sheet.
- 1 block tofu, sliced into 32 small “fingers”
- salt and black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425.
- Arrange the sliced tofu on cookie sheet lined with a Silpat. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the tofu, bake for 20 minutes, then flip it over.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper over the other side of the tofu, and bake for 10 more minutes. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.