Peanut Sauce Baked Tofu

I love peanut butter.  And sunflower seed butter ranks right up there, too.

I have a post dedicated to peanut butter recipes because I use it in so many recipes.

Peanut butter makes the world go round for me.

And I love peanut sauce.  I could drink it.   I like a little bit of food with my sauce.

But since I cannot just drink peanut sauce on its own even though I’m tempted, I decided to make Peanut Sauce Baked Tofu.

This way I get to chew.  And not just drink peanut sauce.


Peanut Sauce Baked Tofu (vegan, gluten free)

1 package tofu, pressed (select firm or extra firm)

1/3 c orange juice

3 tbsp peanut butter

3 tbsp sesame oil

3 tbsp agave (or honey/maple syrup or combo)

1 tsp ground ginger

Pinch of cayenne (more to taste, if desired)

Pinch of chili powder (more to taste, if desired)

Optional: 1 Tbsp EVOO or use more sesame oil


Pressing your tofu (use a tofu press or press between heavy plates/objects and get the paper towels handy), and slice pressed tofu into 1/4 inch strips.

Whisk all marinade ingredients together in a bowl (it will not be pretty) and allow tofu to marinate for at least 20 minutes but a few hours or overnight is ideal.  The longer the better.  Reserve a couple tablespoons of the marinade that’s likely at the bottom of the bowl.

Line a cookie sheet with foil to save on cleanup time and spray with cooking spray.

Broil the marinated tofu for 5-6 minutes on the first side.

Flip, and broil for another 3 to 5 minutes on the second side.  Apply what’s remaining of the reserved marinade to the top side of the flipped tofu.

I urge you, do not leave your kitchen while you are broiling. Peanut butter + agave can and will go from not done to charred and disgusting in 90 seconds flat.  You need to be right there so all your work does not go up in flames and char.  Do Not Leave the Kitchen, not even for a second.

Refrigerate leftovers for many days.

Yield: I got 19 strips out of my 1 block of pressed tofu



Pictorial Guide

Press your tofu

Combine all marinade ingredients together and allow tofu to marinade

Place on foil-lined and cooking sprayed cookie sheet

Broil, remove and Flip, and apply reserved marinade to newly flipped side.  The top row has been flipped and  the bottom row hasn’t.


The tofu is slightly crispy on the outside and tender in the middle

The flavor of the peanut sauce is heavenly.

How could agave, peanut butter, ginger, and a slight kick of heat from the cayenne and chili powder not be good?

This tofu is my favorite recipe, ever. And I have plenty of other tofu recipes.

Refrigerate any leftovers.  I actually made a double batch because it was crazy good and I wanted planned leftovers.  The first batch was gobbled in minutes.

From my last post about the Tripod I bought and the Photography Page I added, I think that page should help keep my photography posts better organized and searchable.

And also thanks for the warm and fuzzy compliments on my photography in the last post.  Yes, the new tripod is so helpful for getting those kind of images.

Ironically, the tofu images were shot before my food styling and photography workshop and before the tripod.  I can’t wait to shoot more food with my new knowledge + new tripod.

Dessert:  Need something peanut buttery to wash down the peanut sauce baked tofu with?

No Bake Nutter Butter Special K Bars

Combining a pound of peanut butter cookies with peanut butter and sugar and chocolate on top?  Oh yes, life is good.


1. Do you like Tofu?  Favorite recipe or way to eat it?

I spent my life up until the past five years or so liking tofu I ate when out but could not for the life of me figure out how to recreate it successfully at home.

Generally, I like to bake or broil tofu because I think it’s easier.

However, I have made pan seared tofu, i.e. fried in sesame or peanut oil, on the stovetop with sauce added after the searing/frying is complete, and it’s divine. But anything fried in sesame or peanut oil is going to be wonderful! <— The same could be said for anything baked in peanut sauce I’m thinking.

2. Do you like peanut sauce?  Do you make your own?

If you don’t like peanut sauce, we are not on the same wavelength.

If you don’t make your own, try this recipe or the marinade recipe for today’s tofu.   Making your own peanut sauce is easy, you control the ingredients, and way better tasting (and cheaper) than storebought.

3. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?

Skylar and I soaked up the 82F sunny weather on Saturday and Sunday we’re keeping busy, too.

I also got in a couple great runs and at-home 20 minute yoga and lifting sessions.  The weather was just perfect for a couple nice runs.

P.S. If you’re just catching up on weekend posts, here are mine since Friday:


Have a great day!

124 Responses to “Peanut Sauce Baked Tofu”

  1. Sarah R — January 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm (#

    I just have to tell you, this is the best broiled tofu recipe ever!! I’ve made it several times now and each time it just gets better. Thank you so much!!


    Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga Reply:

    I love comments like this…thank you!! So glad you like it and that you’re perfecting it, each time. YAY!!!


  2. Katherine Martinelli — January 19, 2012 at 12:28 am (#

    I’m obsessed with peanut sauce Averie! I’ve been making a really yummy tofu satay with peanut sauce lately and this looks like a great way to switch things up – can’t wait to try it! Thanks for linking up to my blog hop last week :-D


    Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga Reply:

    Thanks for the great blog hop and glad you’re a peanut sauce fan like me!


  3. mjskit — January 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm (#

    I love this tofu hop because I’ve never cooked with tofu, and all these wonderful recipes like this one have inspired me to started tofuing! This is definitely one of my favorites and something I will be trying very, very soon.


    Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga Reply:

    Enjoy and LMK if you make it!


  4. Bethany — February 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm (#

    OH. BOY. I am obsessed with peanut sauce. It’s a little ridiculous, actually, but I can’t help myself! Going to have to try this tofu!


  5. C Lo — April 19, 2012 at 7:58 am (#

    Hey, AMAZING recipe! Made it last night and my normally picky boyfriend asked for seconds. :)

    Blogged about it here:


    Averie @ Averie Cooks Reply:

    I am so glad you made it and enjoyed it!!


  6. Andrea — May 17, 2012 at 8:11 am (#

    Made this the other night and it was delicious! Hubby ate more than just 1 serving. I am going to be making the coconut spice cheesecake bars today…Will let you know if I get a thumbs up.


    Averie @ Averie Cooks Reply:

    So happy this was a hit (with the hubby too!). Keep me posted on the bars..I think you’ll love them! Can’t wait to hear back!


  7. Ashley — June 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm (#

    Wow! This sauce is amazing! I will definitely be using it a lot more in the future. I saw in the comments someone who doesn’t like tofu uses it over veggies…I must try that too!!

    I did have a problem with my tofu though :( can you maybe tell me what went wrong? I bought some extra firm tofu, took it out of the package, and pressed it. Maybe it was because I used my hands to press it, but when I sliced it, it looked quite crumbly. I went ahead and put it in the peanut sauce anyways and covered the tofu with the sauce. The tofu started to crumble when I mixed it into the sauce! There are still some whole pieces, but I have never had this experience with firm tofu.

    Anyways, crumbled or whole, I can’t wait to bake these when they are done marinating. Thanks again for the awesome peanut sauce recipe!


    Averie @ Averie Cooks Reply:

    I did a big tofu tips post here

    You don’t press it in your hands (yes, it will crumble) – you press it between two flat, heavy objects like frying pans or a tofu press. See that link. If you like your firm tofu like you’ve always been doing it (not pressing it and are happy with it – just keep doing it) but once you get the hang of pressed tofu you will LOVE IT!

    Glad you liked the sauce. Try it over veggies or wraps


  8. Kristine — July 6, 2012 at 8:23 am (#

    I do believe I’ll be making these tonight! They sound like a great filling (in addition to tons O’ veggies) in my summer/spring rolls; thanks! Blessings!


  9. sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm (#

    OMG I need to make this. Like yesterday. I am not too too good with tofu just yet, but i’m getting there. I’m thinking about getting a tofu press! And I have to try your freezing technique soon too. :)


    Averie @ Averie Cooks Reply:

    here ya go! you can press it in between two heavy frying pans and wrap the block in paper towels but the press contains the water and so you have less gloppy tofu water drenching thru your paper towels!


  10. Katie Chin — December 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm (#

    This peanut sauce sounds delicious, Averie. Do you know if it freezes well?


    Averie @ Averie Cooks Reply:

    Considering the peanut sauce can literally be whisked together in 2 minutes, I never bother making it in bulk enough to freeze. It will however keep for at least 2 weeks in the fridge – we normally go through it fairly fast and it’s so fast to make, I’ve never bothered to test freezing it. If you do, LMK!


  11. Lisa — March 15, 2013 at 10:00 pm (#

    Put the sauce together while the tofu was pressing. Hopefully I don’t drink the sauce gone before the tofu goes in. DELICIOUS.


    Averie @ Averie Cooks Reply:

    Yay! I know, I love that sauce!

    If you have extra sauce, pour it over this or make this if you have some stray pasta/veggies to use… so good!


  12. Danika — August 17, 2014 at 11:41 am (#

    What is the best way to reheat the leftovers without them becoming soggy?


    Averie Sunshine Reply:

    Honestly if it’s well-pressed, I don’t have any issue with tofu becoming soggy, either if eaten cold or reheated for 30 secs in the micro. PRESSING it well to start with is key!


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