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Baked BBQ Tofu

  • Author: Liz Madsen
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Deliciously smoky, sweet, and chewy, this Baked BBQ Tofu is super easy to make and is delicious alongside any meal & great topper for salad, pasta, & more.


  • 1 16-oz block (about 396g) extra or super firm tofu OR firm tofu that’s been pressed (see note 1)
  • 1 cup vegan BBQ sauce, divided (use my recipe or purchase prepared) + more for serving


This section describes the baking method. Click here for the air frying method, and click here for notes on grilling or cooking on the stovetop.

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C). First, slice or cube your tofu into desired shape and size. Lay tofu pieces next to each other in a rimmed baking dish. Use a basting brush to add the barbeque sauce in a THICK layer (you can also use a spoon or spatula). Then flip over each piece and add more BBQ sauce, using about 1/2 cup total in this step.
  2. Next, cover and bake your tofu for about 20 minutes. When the 20 minutes are up, baste on another layer of BBQ sauce, flip tofu pieces carefully (I like to use a cookie spatula, and add a layer of sauce to that side too, using the other 1/2 cup.
  3. Now bake it uncovered for 20 minutes, cooking the tofu for 40 minutes total. I find this is the right amount of time to get the texture I like, but cook it for as long or short as you need to get the texture you like. Let the tofu cool for a moment before removing from the pan and serving with extra BBQ sauce!
  4. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheating in anything other than a microwave recommended for better texture. Air fryer, toaster oven, oven, or pan on the stove will produce a better texture, whereas a microwave will simply warm it up.


  • Note 1: You want super dry tofu for this recipe, so it can absorb all that delicious BBQ flavor. I cheat and use Extra Firm or Super Firm tofu, which is super dense and chewy. You can get the same effect by pressing firm tofu. I like this tofu press and not just because it has my first two initials on it. But two plates or cutting boards and a heavy object will work too.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Nut-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, BBQ Baked Tofu