Vegetarian Picnic Recipes:
Marinated Baked Tofu

Looking for vegetarian picnic recipes that are easy to make and taste great? Marinated Baked Tofu is just the thing!

One of my favorite things about this recipe is that you mix the marinade right in the baking dish, so there is just one item to wash!

baked tofu

You can eat this hot if you choose, but it also tastes great cold, packed in a picnic basket.

This recipe is easily multiplied.

Be sure to allow for marinating time. The longer it marinates, the better it will taste. I like to marinate it all day, turning it occasionally.

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • tamari
    • dark sesame oil

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • fresh ginger
    • extra-firm tofu

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a glass baking dish
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • a cutting board and knife

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a grater (for grating the ginger); if not, just mince it with a sharp knife

    The recipe

    1/4 cup/60 mL tamari

    2 Tbsp/30 mL dark sesame oil

    2 Tbsp/30 mL grated fresh ginger

    1 lb/500 g extra-firm tofu

    Get out a glass baking dish.

    Put the tamari, sesame oil and ginger in the dish and stir to combine.

    Cut the tofu into slices (each about 1/2 inch/1 cm thick).
    Arrange the slices, in a single layer, in the baking dish.
    Turn the slices so that both sides are coated with marinade.

    Refrigerate and marinate for at least 30 minutes. (The longer, the better.)

    Preheat the oven to 375F/190C.

    Turn the tofu over in the marinade one more time.

    Bake for 20 minutes.

    Serve hot - or let cool, then refrigerate and eat cold.


    • Use light sesame oil - or even a non-sesame vegetable oil.

    • Use soy sauce in place of the tamari.

    • If you don't have fresh ginger, you can use about 1 tsp/5 mL powdered ginger.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Experiment with different spices and seasonings. Perhaps some fresh garlic added to the marinade would be tasty?


    • Make more than you think you'll need! This tasty finger food can be addictive!

    Menu suggestion

    For a great summer picnic, serve this with