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baked tofu strips with oregano, curry powder, and cumin lined on a baking sheet.

How to Cook Tofu for Baby Led Weaning

Introduce tofu to your baby with confidence with these cooking tips and recipes! Whether you are doing purees, baby led weaning, or both, tofu is an amazing first food.
Course lunch, dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 (2 strips)
Calories 28kcal


  • 14 ounces firm or extra firm tofu
  • oil (e.g. olive, avocado, sesame)
  • seasonings (e.g. curry powder, turmeric, cumin, oregano, garlic powder)


  • First press the tofu. Wrap the tofu block in 2-3 or more layers of paper towel, a clean dishcloth, or a kitchen towel. Place a baking sheet on top with a few canned goods or a heavy skillet (if using extra firm) to help weigh it down. Set aside for at least 20 minutes. 


  • Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or baking mat and set aside.
  • Cut into strips that are about 2 inches in length (size of your pinky finger) and about ½ to ¾ inches in width.
  • Toss tofu with oil and seasoning(s) of choice.
  • Place on baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through. To ensure evenly cooked tofu, don't skip this step.


  • Heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil over medium high heat. Arrange prepared tofu in a single layer on the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until lightly browned on the bottom. Flip and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes. Work in batches, if necessary.


If you don't use all of the tofu, submerge in cold water in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Be sure to replace the water each day. Toss it out if it starts to smell funny.
Once cooked, store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
I don't recommend freezing.


Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g