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This miso tofu is not only super easy to make, but it bursts with irresistable bold umami flavor! Bake alongside your favorite vegetables and enjoy with rice, noodles, over salads, and so much more!

A close up shot of miso tofu in a bowl with rice and vegetables.
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Easy Miso Tofu

Tofu is so awesome for so many reasons. It’s affordable, versatile, and highly nutritious.

It’s an excellent source of plant-based protein and calcium, and in fact, Soybeans are one of the few plant-based protein foods and the only legume that contains ALL nine essential amino acids.

And if you’re worried about the phytoestrogens and whether or not it is safe for babies and young children, my ultimate guide to tofu is definitely worth a read!

Tofu is is also like a blank canvas and can take on the flavor of just about anything. And today, may I entice you to try adding it to this yummy miso tofu marinade?

I adapted the recipe slightly from my miso pasta sauce, and it’s seriously amazing just how much flavor and depth miso paste can add to any dish!

This recipe is sure to turn you into a tofu lover, if you’re not already!

And if you’re not a fan of eggplants or looking for new ways to enjoy them, these miso aubergine recipe is a must try!!

Ingredients

All the ingredients laid out on a white background.

I am highlighting just the ones that need further explanation. The complete list is in the recipe card below.

  • Tofu – be sure to use extra-firm tofu for best results!
  • Miso paste – A little goes a long way in infusing so much umami. Be sure to purchase white miso paste, which is lighter and sweeter in flavor, rather than red miso and look for reduced sodium, especially if intending to share with your baby or toddler.
  • Peanut butter – helps balance the salty flavor of miso paste and imparts a nutty flavor.
  • Soy sauce – be sure to use low-sodium soy sauce.
  • Fresh garlic cloves – use a microplane grater so it will infuse right into the marinade.
  • Vegetables – I love to pair with broccoli and carrot but feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand. Cauliflower, zucchini, parsnips, asparagus, sweet potatoes

How to Press Tofu

A two image collage of pressed tofu on left and cubed on right.

Tofu contains a lot of water so it’s best to press out as much as possible in order for it to fully absorb all the delicious flavors you are about to infuse into it.

You can buy a tofu press, but I know I don’t need another kitchen gadget and perhaps you’re in the same boat as me. If so, here’s what you can do!

  • Wrap the tofu block in 2-3 or more layers of paper towel, a clean dishcloth, or a kitchen towel.
  • Place a sheet pan on top with a few canned goods or a heavy object to help weigh it down.
  • Set aside for at least 20 minutes. 

Step-by-Step Instructions

A four image collage of how to make the tofu step by step.
  1. Whisk together miso paste and water in a small bowl until smooth. Then add the rest of the marinade ingredients and stir until well combined.
  2. In a large bowl, gently combine tofu and the miso sauce until well coated.
  3. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Place tofu cubes in a single layer. You can also add your vegetables of choice. Toss with oil and favorite seasoning(s). I like to use garlic powder and ginger. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Tips for Success

Freshly baked tofu on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Be sure to marinate the tofu for at least 30 minutes.
  • You MUST line the baking tray to prevent the tofu from sticking.
  • I don’t flip the cubed tofu halfway through cooking because I find it cumbersome and the result is just as great. But feel free to do so if you really want the tofu to be evenly browned.
  • You don’t have to roast the tofu alongside any vegetables but why not cook a delicious and nutritious side dish at the same time? Keep in mind the cooking time will depend on the chosen vegetable(s). You may need to pull them out earlier or later. The tofu will take about 25 minutes to cook.

Serving Suggestions

A toddler plate with a small portion of rice, vegetables, and tofu.

This Asian marinated tofu tastes delicious with rice and vegetables, quinoa, over salads (like Asian cabbage salad), and soba noodles.

You can even add it to naan pizza for a delicious Asian-inspired comfort meal!

Related: Healthy Asian Recipes for Babies

Storage

Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. You can reheat in the microwave or the skillet with a splash of water or enjoy cold!

My kids love it straight from the refrigerator, and it makes for a delicious addition to school lunchboxes.

I have not tried freezing leftovers as we have no problem finishing it within the allotted time. But let me know if you do!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best tofu to use?

For best results, be sure to use extra firm tofu! If you can’t find it firm tofu will be the second best option.

Can I cook miso tofu in a skillet?

You can! I like to bake it in the oven because I can walk away and not have to babysit it. But if you prefer to cook on the stovetop, heat some oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the marinated tofu, and using tongs, cook until all sides are nicely browned.

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5 from 9 votes

Miso Tofu

This miso tofu is not only super easy to make, but it bursts with irresistable bold umami flavor! Bake alongside your favorite vegetables and enjoy with rice, noodles, over salads, and so much more!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinating time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
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Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 16 ounce block extra firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • Optional: Carrots, Broccoli

Instructions 

  • Press tofu. Cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
  • Whisk together miso paste and water first until smooth. Then add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well combined.
  • In a large bowl, combine tofu and the sauce. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or baking mat.
  • Place tofu in single layer and add vegetables of choice.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. There's no need to flip I find it cumbersome but you can.

Notes

Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. You can reheat in the microwave or the skillet with a splash of water or enjoy cold!

Nutrition

Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 7g | Iron: 2mg
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Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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35 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I can’t believe my 1 year old liked this. I really enjoyed it too. The tofu was pretty dry and quite firm so I don’t know if I over pressed it (I just did what was recommended here) or whether my oven dried it out or whether I bought too firm a tofu (the packet said “hard tofu”). But baby ate it, so it’s a good outcome. There hasn’t been a recipe on this site that he hasn’t enjoyed yet

    1. Sorry that the tofu turned out so dry. perhaps next time trying making extra sauce and drizzling some towards the end. Thank you for trying out my recipes!!

  2. 5 stars
    This was soooo good and I love how it’s such a weekday friendly meal!! It’s very satisfying for the whole family and will definitely be adding it to the weekday rotation!