Baked Tamari & Maple Tofu with Rice Noodles
I’ve been eating quite a lot of tofu and I’m really enjoying experimenting with it at the moment. Since I’ve decided to start cutting back on my meat consumption and to stop cooking it at home, tofu has become a life saver! It’s an amazing vegetarian/vegan source of protein and it’s quite easy to cook once you know what you’re doing.
To get the best texture, it’s best to press your tofu to get as much of the excess water out as possible. The first time I cooked tofu I skipped this step so the end result was way to soft and kind of ruined the whole dish. Many of the recipes I found online cooked the tofu by frying which now I don’t think is the best way to cook tofu. If you’re looking for a more firm, meaty kind of texture, baking it is the way to go as far as I’m concerned!
To flavour, I’m using a mixture of tamari (instead of soy sauce to keep it gluten-free), sesame oil for that Asian feel, maple syrup for some natural sweetness, lime juice for a hint of sourness, garlic and fresh ginger. Since a little bit of heat never hurt anyone, I’m adding in a sliced green chilli. To decorate I sprinkled a generous handful of toasted peanuts which also adds a lovely crunch, some toasted sesame seeds and some fresh coriander to finish!
This baked tamari & maple tofu with rice noodles recipe is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and high in protein. I’ve included a full nutritional breakdown below.
- 1 pack (396g) of tofu (I used Cauldron Original Tofu)
- 2 tbsp tamari
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1 small garlic clove
- 200g rice noodles
- 2 tbsp tamari (more to taste)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- Juice of 1lime
- 1 green chilli, deseeded and sliced
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup toasted peanuts
- Fresh coriander
- Sesame seeds
- Drain the tofu - to achieve a firm 'meaty' texture we need to get rid of as much of the excess water in the tofu as possible. Using kitchen towels, wrap the tofu and place it on a plate. Place a chopping board on top then weigh it down using a large book - this will help press the liquid out. Leave for 30-60 minutes. The longer you leave it the firmer the tofu will be.
- Preheat your oven to 200*C (180*C fan assisted)/ 400*F
- Carefully unwrap the tofu and slice into 1/4-1/2 inch slices.
- Mix together the ingredients for the tofu marinate then dip each tofu slice to coat each side.
- Arrange the tofu slices on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes.
- In a frying pan or a wok, add the sesame oil and tamari. To that, add in the green onions, chilli, peppers, ginger and garlic. Cook on a medium heat for a few minutes.
- Add in the maple syrup and lime juice and cook for a further couple of minutes.
- Meanwhile cook the rice noodles according to pack instructions.
- Once the noodles are cooked, stir into the wok. Mix well to make sure the noodles are well coated with the marinate.
- Take off the heat and top with the toasted peanuts, sesame seeds and fresh coriander.
- Serve with a side of steamed broccoli. Enjoy!
- Nutritional Information: (estimated per serving)
- Calories: 350 calories
- Protein: 14g
- Carbs: 34g
- Fat: 19g
- Fibre: 4.3g
Mmmm Maple Tofu with Rice Noodles sounds incredibly awesome Nadia! Yummylicious is the word for this gorgeous platter! 🙂
That tofu sounds amazing. I really like flavoured tofu like this, but I have never tried making it myself. It sounds easy though, so I will have to give it a go.
Thank you Dannii 🙂 it really is easy to make. I was quite intimidated by it before but once you know how to work with it, it’s pretty straight forward 🙂
This looks soooooo delicious Nadia! I love tofu so much, and the maple tamari flavours sound amazing! I love that it’s baked too. I definitely need to try this!
Thank you lovely Harriet 🙂 maple and tamari go so well together!
Really wish I had this for dinner right now 🙁 Can you quickly cook it for me then bring it to my house, please?
Haha yeah, no problem at all. It’s not like you live miles away from me 😛 Maybe come over to Manchester one day and we can have a cooking/baking/dessert making session 😉
Great dish, love the flavors! Beautiful pictures!
Thank you Mira 🙂
this baked tamari looks delicious! and rice noodles are SO YUM! this looks delicious!
Thank you Michele 😀
That tofu looks so good and I bet it tastes so delicious!!I love eating noodles so I bet I can finish entire bowl by myself!!
Haha same here, when I eat noodles I just can’t stop! The same applies to a lot of foods to be honest haha!
That tofu sounds really delicious – what a great combination of flavours. I usually fry tofu, but I might have a go at baking it next time. Yum!
Whenever I’ve tried frying tofu the texture is still soft in the middle. I find baking it gives a firmer texture 🙂
Oooh yum, this looks so good. The colour of that crispy tofu is amazing, just the way I like it.
Thank you Kate 😀 Tofu is nicest when it’s firm, I’m not keen on the soft tofu served in some restaurants, the texture is just weird!
Oh my! Tamari maple tofu sounds (and looks) like some kind of heaven. I am totally sold.
Thank you Emily 😀
I’ve come to really enjoy tofu but am slightly intimidated to try making it at home! These noodle bowls look amazing! So flavorful!
I was intimidated at first too and my first attempts at cooking it were a fail! But now I think I’m getting the hang of how to handle it 😛
What a delicious recipe! I want these tofus for lunch, please!
Beautiful pictures as well, pinned 😉
Thank you Evi 🙂 I’m really into Asian food at the moment and it’s nice being able to make something like this at home – simple and tasty 🙂
Looks amazing, Nadia! I’ve been on a huge tofu kick lately, so having more tofu meal inspo is always welcome 🙂