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Cubed tofu on wooden board and soy beans

Blackened Tofu

Bursting with flavor, this blackened tofu will become a staple in your tofu repertoire. Be sure to press the tofu thoroughly before preparing this recipe.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Dish
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 block extra firm tofu pressed
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • cooking spray


  • Slice block of tofu in half to produce 2 thin layers, then slice each layer diagonally to produce 4 tofu triangles.
  • Combine soy sauce and sesame oil in a shallow container and place tofu triangles in container, flipping over and moving around so tofu is evenly coated. Let sit 1 minute.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and cayenne.
  • On a large plate, pour spice mixture in a thin, even layer.
  • Dip each tofu triangle in the spice mixture to coat each side evenly.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat, spray with cooking oil and cook tofu for about 5 minutes on each side.
  • Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for leftovers and consume within 3 days.


Nutrition in 1 serving:
Calories: 116    Protein: 8 g     Fat: 7 g      Carbohydrate:  4g       Fiber: 1 g