This miso soy sauce tofu marinade is the best and easiest way to add flavor to baked tofu! Firm or extra firm tofu soaks up this Asian-inspired marinade with ingredients including white miso, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and ginger. When baked in the oven, tofu cubes are evenly browned on the outside and remain pleasantly chewy on the inside. Toss your baked marinated tofu into grain bowls, fried rice, salads, stir fries, and more.

speckled bowl with baked marinated tofu cubes surrounded by some ingredients

As a Registered Dietitian who follows a (mostly) plant-based diet, I eat tofu multiple times a week as a source of protein.

I know what you’re probably thinking – tofu looks like a sad sponge, is bland and lacks flavor…how can you eat it multiple times a week!?

But, as I’ve outlined in my comprehensive tofu cooking guide, it’s an amazing vehicle to soak up sauces and marinades!

I’ve got plenty of tofu recipes that pack a flavorful punch, like my honey balsamic tofu, buffalo tofu, miso grilled tofu, and reader-favorite peanut tofu bowls.

This baked marinated tofu recipe is perhaps the most versatile and easiest tofu recipe of mine! I make it frequently to add to stir fries, salads, and grain bowls – like my tofu quinoa bowls.

The Asian-inspired marinade adds tons of savory flavor to firm or extra firm tofu that you are just going to love, if you’ve been struggling to figure out how to flavor tofu.

This recipe is vegan, dairy free, and can be made gluten free if you use tamari instead of soy sauce!

Read on and follow my visual step-by-step instructions to learn how to make baked marinated tofu!

baked marinated tofu ingredients measured out in small bowls on a wooden cutting board

Baked tofu marinade ingredients

Here is everything you need to make this recipe:

  • Tofu: As I mention in my tofu preparation guide, it is best to use firm or extra-firm tofu when marinating. These types of tofu have the least amount of water, so they are able to soak up more of the marinade than silken tofu. You’ll also want to read that post to learn how to press tofu!
  • Reduced sodium soy sauce: Soy sauce is the base of this tofu marinade and adds salty, umami flavor. Note that if you use regular soy sauce (not reduced sodium), this marinade may be extra salty.
  • Rice vinegar: This adds a zippy, punchy flavor to the marinade.
  • Toasted sesame oil: Sesame oil adds a rich and nutty flavor profile to the marinade.
  • White miso: White miso has a mellow flavor profile that leans nutty, sweet, and umami. If you are unable to find miso paste, just leave it out – the marinade will still be delicious!
  • Maple syrup: A splash of maple syrup adds a little sweetness to cut the salty and savory flavors of this marinade.
  • Fresh ginger: Grated into the marinade, fresh ginger adds a bit of warmth and spiciness. Sub fresh ginger for 1/4 tsp dried ginger.
  • Garlic: Raw garlic grated into the marinade adds a zippy, punchy flavor. If you’d like, you can use 1/4 tsp garlic powder in place of the raw garlic.

Kitchen equipment needed

  • Small mixing bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Cutting board
  • Chef’s knife, 8 inch
  • Small whisk or fork
  • Wide, shallow dish, or large plastic baggie, for marinating
  • Microplane grater

Step-by-step instructions

block of tofu in packaging
1. Drain tofu from packaging. Wrap tofu in paper towels and press between two plates to remove excess water. Read this post about how to prepare tofu for more details about how to press tofu.
hands whisking up tofu marinade
2. Combine tofu marinade ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk them together until smooth and cohesive.
Tofu cubes in a white baking dish
3. Cut tofu into cubes (or desired shape) and lay them out in a single row inside a shallow wide baking dish.
Tofu cubes marinating in a white baking dish
4. Marinate the tofu in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, overnight if possible. Flip the tofu cubes halfway through so each side has a chance to sit and soak in the marinade. The longer you marinate, the more flavor the tofu will have!
Marinated tofu cubes on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400°F. Place marinated tofu cubes on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, with a bit of space between each piece.
marinated baked tofu cubes on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
6. Bake tofu for about 20 minutes, until deeply golden browned on the outside.

If you’d rather pan fry or air fry your marinated tofu, read my tofu preparation guide for instructions for these cooking methods.

Tofu marinating tip: freeze your tofu!

Here’s an unexpected trick to add even MORE flavor to your marinated tofu – freeze the tofu, then defrost it, before marinating!

A little bit of food science explains why frozen tofu can have more flavor:

  • Tofu is filled with water.
  • When frozen, the water inside the tofu expands as it freezes into ice.
  • Once defrosted, the water seeps out, leaving lots of little holes within the tofu for the marinade to fill up with flavor!

Here’s how to freeze tofu:

cubes of tofu on a wooden cutting board next to a knife
Drain tofu from the packaging. Cut into desired shape, such as cubes, triangles, or slabs.
Cubes of tofu on a parchment lined plate
Freeze the tofu on a parchment paper lined plate or baking sheet, so the pieces are not overlapping, for at least 4 hours until frozen solid.
cubes of frozen tofu on a parchment paper lined plate
Frozen tofu may turn yellow – that is ok! Defrost in the fridge overnight, or on the countertop for up to 2 hours.

Once defrosted, follow the instructions above to marinate your tofu for 30 minutes or more.

Storage

You’ll have a bunch of marinade liquid left over in the pan after you remove the tofu cubes for baking.

Since tofu does not carry the same risk of food poisoning as raw meat, you can safely use the leftover marinade again to marinate more tofu, or as a sauce.

I like to use the leftover marinade as a sauce for stir fried veggies to serve with the baked tofu!

Store baked marinated tofu in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

speckled white bowl with marinated tofu cubes

Tofu nutrition benefits

Because tofu is made from soy, it is a complete protein. This means it has all nine essential amino acids!

Three ounces of extra-firm tofu provides:

  • 8 grams of plant-based protein
  • 200 mg calcium (15% of your daily needs)
  • 1.4 mg iron (8% of your daily needs)
  • 1 gram dietary fiber (4% of your daily needs)

Because it has protein, calcium, and iron, tofu is a smart choice to enjoy regularly if you follow a plant-based diet!

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Marinated Baked Tofu with Miso Soy Sauce Marinade

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  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh, RD
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: Asian-inspired
  • Diet: Vegan
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Description

This miso soy sauce tofu marinade is the best and easiest way to add flavor to baked tofu! Firm or extra firm tofu soaks up this Asian-inspired marinade with ingredients including white miso, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and ginger. When baked in the oven, tofu cubes are evenly browned on the outside and remain pleasantly chewy on the inside. Toss your baked marinated tofu into grain bowls, salads, stir fries, and more.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 block tofu, firm or extra-firm

Miso soy sauce tofu marinade

  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp white miso
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger, grated (or 1/4 tsp dried ginger)
  • 1 clove garlic, grated (or 1/4 tsp garlic powder)


Instructions

  1. Press the tofu: Drain water from tofu packaging and remove tofu. Wrap the block of tofu in paper towels and press between two plates for at least 30 minutes. Once pressed, you can cut the tofu into cubes or desired shape.
  2. Make the marinade: In a small mixing bowl, combine all of the marinade ingredients: soy sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, miso, maple syrup, grated ginger, and grated garlic. Whisk together with a small whisk or fork until smooth with no lumps.
  3. Place the tofu cubes in a shallow baking tray or a large baggie. Pour the marinade over the tofu.
  4. Marinate for at least 30 minutes in the fridge. Flip the tofu over after a while so the marinade soaks into the tofu more evenly. The longer you can marinate, the more flavor the tofu will have!
  5. When you are ready to bake the tofu: Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking half sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Place tofu cubes on the baking sheet, spacing them out so they are not touching each other.
  7. Bake for 18-22 minutes, until the tofu is deeply golden brown.
  8. Serve warm or cold, with salads, grain bowls, stir fries, and more!

Notes

Consider freezing and defrosting tofu before you marinate it for even more flavor! See details in blog post for how to freeze tofu.

Storage

Since tofu does not carry the same risk of food poisoning as raw meat, you can safely use the leftover marinade again to marinate more tofu, or as a sauce. I like to use the leftover marinade as a sauce for stir fried veggies to serve with the baked tofu!

Store baked marinated tofu in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.