Sweet Gingery Tofu

Sweet Gingery Tofu is a great vegetarian meal that packs tons of flavor. The

I made this sweet gingery tofu with a friend who has 4 kids, age 4 to 14, and she was convinced this would be a pretty tough sell to all four of them come dinner time. I think she was actually laughing at me because the thought of her whole family eating tofu together was absurd. I feel so vindicated! She called me the night she prepared it and said the kids were actually fighting over who got the last piece. Seriously, this recipe is THAT good!

The dish is so easy because you probably have most of the ingredients on hand, you only need one dish to mix them all in AND it's inexpensive to make -- less then $3 for 4 servings! Serve it with some edamame or sautéed Asian greens and brown rice and you have a protein, carb and vegetable that makes for the perfectly balanced, asian-inspired meal.

Sweet Gingery Tofu is a really easy vegetarian meal to whip up in a pinch. We're trying to eat more vegetarian meals during the week so this is definitely in the rotation pretty often. We also love Vegetarian Baked TaquitosCauliflower Steaks, and Forbidden Black Rice Bowls for our vegetarian dinner nights!

This dish is all about the sauce. The sweet, gingery taste is out of this world! It's not just for tofu either. Some nights when I'm making this recipe I'll make tofu for Kenya (our family vegetarian), and I'll do chicken or fish for the rest of us in the same sauce. It's a game changer! 

You're going to love this Sweet Gingery Tofu recipe! It's not just for meatless Monday, it's perfect for meatless any day! Let me know in the comments what you think and tag me on social media. I love seeing your weelicious creations!

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Sweet Gingery Tofu (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 45 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1 pound firm or extra firm tofu, drained
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce or Braggs amino acids
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • sesame seeds, for garnish


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place tofu in a towel to remove as much liquid/water as possible. 

3. Cut tofu into even 1/2 inch slices.

4. Mix the remaining ingredients in a 11 x 7 inch baking dish.

5. Place tofu in marinade, coating both sides, and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden.

* This sauce could also be used for baking fish or chicken. Adjust cooking time accordingly.

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  • Kristin Olsen

    This recipe sounds really good, but I'm not sure what mirin is??

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  • Ann

    Hi Catherine - this sounds great! Should I use firm, medium or soft tofu, or does it not matter? Thanks! Ann

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  • Rainberryblue :: Surviving Tofu :: April :: 2009

    [...] supper as per the meal plan was Sweet Ginger Tofu. I had never tried this recipe before, nor had I ever eaten tofu. I’m not sure what to think. [...]

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  • Pris

    if you were to use chicken, would you need to marinate it first? and for how long?

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    • Catherine

      I would marinate it for for hour or even over night :)

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  • Olive's Mom

    i'm going to try this tonight. i don't usually make tofu. can you refrigerate leftovers and reheat later? thanks!

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  • Kimberly

    This was so wonderful! Served it with rice and sugar snap peas. Sophisticated enough for an adult's pallet but kid pleasing as well and I have a 2.5 year old.

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  • Gina

    I have made this dish 2 times and each time it was delicious! Will be making again tomorrow night with exactly your side serving suggestions of edamame and brown rice!

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  • Sara G.

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Thanks for this recipe, Catherine! Love love love Weelicious!

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  • Samantha Y

    Any mirin substitution suggestions?

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  • Ruth

    Made this on salmon - it was so good! If you can't find mirin (sweet cooking sake), you could sub a sweet white wine.

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    [...] I love it, too! However, until recently I found that I had to force myself to eat it. Then I discovered a different brand of Tofu that I actually loved. Wildwood Natural Organic foods. It doesn't have that 'tofu' flavor unless it hits the expiration date, which makes me wonder just how fresh other popular brands are, such as Nasoya, that always have that odd flavor. I recently tried this recipe for Sweet Gingery Tofu and loved it! I didn't have Mirin, so I left that out. I let it marinate overnight. http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2009/02/18/sweet-gingery-tofu/ [...]

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  • Fbtena

    Unfortunately, my almost-two year old did not like this.

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  • Katherine

    YUM...sounds delicious! I'm always looking for new marinade recipes for tofu.

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  • Alexandra

    Should we use toasted sesame oil or plain raw oil?

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    • Catherine McCord

      You can use either! I usually have toasted in my fridge!

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  • Mandy

    Baked tofu is on regular rotation in my son's lunchbox. I make BBQ a lot, but can't wait to try out this marinade! For those parents whose kids might not be fans of tofu - try freezing the tofu, then thaw and press. The freezing gives the tofu a \"chewier\" texture that is sometimes more pleasing.

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