Baked Tofu with Ginger Cilantro Pesto


Recipe Information

Total Time: 1 hour; 15 minutes active
Servings: 4

Golden brown baked tofu is infused with Southeast Asian flavors. The ginger-cilantro pesto is also great on pasta, fish and in soup.



  • 1 pound tofu, cut into small squares, cubes, or triangles
  • 1 ounce tamari soy sauce

Cilantro Ginger Pesto

  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, leaves only
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds


  1. To prepare tofu, preheat the oven to 375°F. Toss the cut tofu with the tamari to evenly coat, and place on a prepared cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown, approximately 35-40 minutes, turning tofu occasionally to ensure even browning. Remove from oven and cool.
  2. To prepare pesto, add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Add oil if needed to thin the pesto.
  3. Toss the cooled tofu with the pesto and sesame seeds to coat.

Tips & Notes

Make-Ahead Tip: Marinate the tofu in tamari overnight for the best flavor. After tossing with pesto and sesame seeds, chill the tofu for 12-24 hours to allow flavor to develop before serving. Keeps for about 3 days in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Information

255 calories, 17 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 778 mg. sodium, 9 g. carbohydrate, 3 g. fiber, 20 g. protein