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Chipotle Barbecue Baked Tofu

Tofu is baked in a smoky chipotle barbecue sauce and served with sweet and smoky flash fried collard greens and your choice of grain for an easy and delicious dinner! It’s vegan and gluten free, so perfect for everyone!

overhead view close up of the chipotle barbecue baked tofu served over rice, some collard greens on the side

Everyone needs a go to baked tofu recipe to feed our inner hippie. It really doesn’t matter if you’re vegan or just trying to eat a bit more plant based! Good baked tofu is for everyone!

And this might just be my favorite stand alone baked tofu meal. Tofu, baked with a delicious homemade chipotle barbecue sauce and served with rice (or potatoes or vegan mac and cheese) and smoky collard greens.. it’s just so delicious!

chipotle barbecue sauce in a glass jar

We’ve been making some version of this recipe for years, but this is the barbecue baked tofu to end all barbecue baked tofus! And it starts with the barbecue sauce–the easiest barbecue sauce there ever was!

It is such a delicious barbecue sauce, I had to give it its own recipe post. But I’ve also left the recipe at the bottom of this post so keep scrolling to find it!

a bowl of rice topped with sliced barbecue tofu with a side of smoky collard greens, a hand is reaching into the tofu with a fork

While you certainly could use a store bought barbecue sauce to make this recipe, the homemade version is easier and tastier, so I implore you to try it! It’s zippy and tangy, and oh so flavorful! And pantry friendly, so easy to throw together as a last minute meal.

Tofu pairs so well with barbecue sauce, because it lets the bold BBQ flavor shine. When tofu is baked, it gets nice and chewy, and thickly coated with the flavorful sauce.

side view of a bowl of barbecue tofu over rice, garnished with cilantro. A jar of barbecue sauce is in the background as well as a few slices of barbecue baked tofu on a plate

Making the baked chipotle barbecue tofu:

To get a delicious baked tofu first choose the firmest tofu available to you. Typically that’s going to be extra firm or super firm tofu.

If using extra firm or a firm tofu then press out extra water from the tofu. If using super firm tofu there is no need to press the tofu as it already has more of the liquid pressed out of it.

chipotle barbecue baked tofu on a baking tray just out of the oven

To press the tofu, cut it into 8 slices and wrap it in either paper towels or a lint free kitchen towel. Then place something heavy on top, like a cast iron pan, or a cutting board with some cookbooks or canned goods placed on top.

Pressing the extra water out of the tofu makes for a firmer tofu and improves the texture. It also opens up space for some of the flavors to soak into the tofu.

Once pressed, the recipe couldn’t be simpler. Layer some barbecue sauce in the bottom of the pan, add the tofu, and pour sauce over to cover the tofu. Then bake the tofu until the sauce is thickly coating the tofu and glossy, flipping the tofu halfway through.

a bowl of barbecue tofu and rice, with a serving of collard greens

While the tofu is baking is a great time to make a veggie side to go with it.

My favorite pairing is my smoky collard greens (recipe also posted at the bottom of this page). But if you’d rather have some steamed or roasted broccoli, or brussels sprouts, or whatever else go ahead and make it!

But assuming you follow suit and make the smoky collard greens, they take about 15 minutes from start to finish so it’s can be casually taken cooked while the tofu bakes!

barbecue baked tofu in a bowl over rice, with a plate with extra BBQ tofu and some barbecue sauce

It’s also a good time to prepare any carbs or grains you want to serve alongside the tofu. Unless you’re making brown rice or another slow cooking grain, and in that case you’ll want to get that started while you’re pressing the tofu.

I love this recipe because of how hands off it is! The barbecue sauce is no cook and comes together in minutes. Your oven does all the work cooking the tofu, and the collard greens are so quick and easy to make.

It makes for a delicious summer barbecue plate, or will warm you up on a cold winter day. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

close up of the chipotle barbecue baked tofu with additional barbecue sauce on the side


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overhead view close up of the chipotle barbecue baked tofu served over rice, some collard greens on the side

Chipotle Barbecue Baked Tofu

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Tofu is baked in a spicy, smoky barbecue sauce and served with smoky flash fried collard greens for a delicious vegan and gluten free barbecue plate!

Ingredients

To serve

  • Rice, quinoa, or mashed potatoes
  • herbs for garnish, e.g. cilantro or scallions

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 ºF. While the oven is preheating, press the tofu. Cut the tofu into 8 slices widthwise. Arrange the slices on a lint free kitchen towel, or paper towel. Wrap the towel around the tofu to cover and then place a heavy skillet, pot, or a baking sheet and some books on top. Leave to drain for around 30 minutes.
  2. Mix the chipotle barbecue sauce with 1/2 cup of water. In a square baking dish or small baking tray, spread some barbecue sauce to coat the bottom. Arrange the pressed tofu on the sauce and brush the rest of sauce over top the tofu to coat.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the tofu and bake an additional 10 minutes. The barbecue sauce should be thick and bubbly. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.
  4. Serve the tofu with collard greens with some rice or mashed potatoes and sprinkle herbs on top for garnish.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 540Total Fat: 8gFiber: 8gProtein: 18g

Nutrition is calculated automatically so should be used as an estimate.

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chipotle barbecue sauce in a small jar with a spoon in it and a used spoon rest

Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

An easy and delicious smoky chipotle barbecue sauce. Better ingredients and better flavor than any store bought sauce!

Ingredients

  • 1 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 chipotles in adobo, seeds and membrane removed
  • 1 tbsp adobo from the chipotle in adobo
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt, if needed
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth (or whisk or use immersion blender). Add water to thin as needed.
  2. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for a week or two, or longer in the freezer.

Notes

You can substitute a different sweetener but if using a dry sugar then may need to add more water to thin.

For gluten free, use a gluten free Worcestershire sauce and tamari for the soy sauce.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 33Total Fat: 0gSodium: 195mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

Nutrition is calculated automatically so should be used as an estimate.

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Smoky Collard Greens

Smoky Collard Greens

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

This is an easy and delicious way to prepare collard greens, as well as other dark leafy greens! They're garlicky, smoky, and with a touch of sweet. Vegan and gluten free!

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch (~1 lb) collard greens
  • 3 tsp oil, divided
  • pinch of salt, or more to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp low sodium tamari soy sauce
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp tabasco or hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke

Instructions

  1. Wash the collard greens thoroughly and cut away the tough stem. Taking several leaves at once, stack them and then roll the stack into a tight cigar shape. Slice the rolled collard greens into thin strips. Repeat until you've cut all the greens.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, maple syrup, hot sauce, and liquid smoke.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tsp of oil, and then add the collard greens and a pinch of salt. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the collard greens are wilted, tender, and bright green.
  4. Move the collards over so they only cover about half the pan. In the empty space, add the remaining 2 tsp of oil and the sliced garlic. Cook the garlic in oil, stirring, for about 60 - 90 seconds or until it is lightly golden. Then stir everything together.
  5. Add the soy sauce mixture to the greens and cook for another minute or so, until the sauce is thick and absorbed. Taste, and add salt if desired. Remove from heat.

Notes

If using regular soy sauce (not low sodium), start with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and add more to taste to keep the greens from being too salty.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 4gSodium: 585mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g

Nutrition is calculated automatically so should be used as an estimate.

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This recipe was originally posted on April 25, 2017. A photo from the original post is below!

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