Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Every so often I get a craving for food that does more than fill me. Sometimes I want to eat food that comforts me too-- like soup on a cold day or cereal before bed. I believe it is alright to treat myself, and it is good to know that as a vegan I can fill my belly and my soul while still living a healthy and ethical lifestyle.
Fried food is one of those special comfort treats I like to indulge in once and while. Unfortunately I crave fried food more than once and a while! So I have adapted a fried tofu dish into a baked one. These baked tofu fingers are just as yummy as the fried ones. They satisfy my soul food cravings while still being creative and healthful.
This recipe requires a little prep work. You have to drain the tofu properly and let it marinade too. But I swear, your patience will be rewarded with delicious salty, spicy, and sweet flavors delivered in a crispy golden package. And just the right amount of crunch!
- 1 package, extra firm tofu
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ tsp wasabi
- a splash of your favorite bourbon
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- spray oil (or oil of choice)
- Optional: sesame seeds for topping
For Peanut Sauce:
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter of your choice
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp liquid aminos
- 2 tsp maple syrup
1. Drain and press tofu until all the liquid is squeezed out. I wrapped the tofu in a cheesecloth, placed into a colander sitting inside a bowl, and then put a weight on top of the wrapped tofu for ten minutes or so to remove excess water.
2. While the tofu is being pressed, combine the ingredients for the marinade. Wisk then pour into a plastic sandwich bag.
3. Cut the pressed tofu into strips about half an inch wide and put into the bag with marinade. Massage and shake the tofu for a bit, then set aside to marinade for at least an hour. You can also let it marinade overnight.
4. Combine all batter ingredients in a bowl and stir until blended.
5. Preheat the oven to 450°F and spray a baking sheet with oil to prevent sticking. Dip the marinated tofu strips into the batter until completely coated. Then sprinkle each with sesame seeds on top.
6. Bake the tofu fingers for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown. While the fingers bake, place ingredients for sauce into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve the tofu fingers with the yummy peanut sauce!