This pizza baked tofu is quick and easy to prepare, and is a super high protein way to enjoy those classic pizza flavours! Customise with your favourite toppings.
Is there anything that’s not improved by smothering it in tomato sauce and cheese? I’m generally not a huge fan of plain bread, for example, but slap a bit of sauce and cheese on it and call it a pizza, and I’m sold.
The same goes for this pizza baked tofu – it’s enough to convert even the most ardent tofu sceptic.
What is pizza baked tofu?
This pizza baked tofu consists of:
- big pieces of extra firm tofu (this is in place of the usual bread base!)
- rich tomato pizza sauce (I used a shop-bought sauce, because lazy)
- gooey melted mozzarella cheese
- my favourite pizza toppings
It’s all baked up in one dish, so it takes next to no time to prepare. Just assemble it all in the dish, and pop it in the oven to get nice and bubbly.
How to make pizza baked tofu
Step 1: Prepare the tofu
Cut your block of extra firm tofu into two nice big slabs.
At this point, you can press the tofu, if you like. It squeezes a lot of liquid out of the tofu, and will give a slightly firmer end result. To do this, you can use a tofu press (like this one: Amazon US* / Amazon UK*).
Or, if you don’t have one, you can just sandwich the pieces of tofu between two clean tea towels, and place something heavy on top (like some cookbooks or a few heavy pans). Leave it for at least 10 minutes or so.
If I’m honest though, I very rarely bother pressing my tofu ‘properly’. Usually the effect is barely noticeable, and honestly, I just can’t be bothered. It’s one step too much faff for me.
Instead, I usually just press the tofu by hand, using a tea towel. Even just firmly pressing down on the tofu for a few seconds either side can absorb a surprising amount of liquid, and it takes a fraction of the time.
Step 2: Add tomato sauce
Place the tofu in a baking dish, on a bed of tomato sauce.
I used a shop-bought tomato sauce, because again: lazy (but to be fair to myself, also busy, and always tired). I like quick food, not something that’s going to take me all day.
If you have a little more energy than I do, feel free to make your own tomato sauce (use your slow cooker if you like!).
Step 3: Add pizza toppings
Here’s the fun bit! You can add whatever toppings you usually enjoy on pizza – see below for some ideas. Just scatter the toppings you’ve chosen all over the place.
As long as it’s something that will cook in the oven in 20 minutes or so, get it in there! Just don’t overcrowd the dish too much, or it may end up a bit watery.
Step 4: Add cheese
And of course, the pièce de résistance: mozzarella cheese.
I used a small ball of fresh mozzarella that I tore into pieces (so satisfying). Grated mozzarella would work just fine too, or even just some good old cheddar. I don’t discriminate when it comes to cheese.
Pop it in the oven until the cheese is starting to crisp up, and the sauce is nice and bubbly.
You’ll end up with firm pieces of tofu that soak up the rich tomato sauce from both sides, making it super tasty. And the vegetables and cheese are truly reminiscent of my favourite pizza.
What vegetarian pizza toppings can you use on this baked tofu?
The beauty of this pizza baked tofu is that you never have to make it the same way twice. Just like with a regular pizza, it can be customised with your favourite pizza toppings.
This time, I used:
- yellow peppers
- sliced black olives
- dried basil
I tried to choose a range of colours, flavours and textures, to make the end result really tasty.
Of course, if you don’t like my choices of pizza toppings, you can opt for whatever else you like:
- diced red onion
- pineapple chunks (don’t come for me)
- red or green peppers
- diced tomatoes
and so on.
How to serve pizza baked tofu
We ate our pizza baked tofu for lunch with a slice of garlic bread. It was the perfect balance between something light (well, lighter than real pizza anyway), and something rich and hearty.
If you want a more substantial meal, serve it with some spaghetti underneath, coated in a little more tomato sauce.
Pizza baked tofu
- 400 g (~ 1 lb) extra firm tofu
- 250 g (~ 1 cup) good quality tomato pasta sauce
- Your favourite pizza toppings (I used yellow pepper, mushrooms, and sliced black olives)
- 125 g (~ 4 1/2 oz) fresh mozzarella, roughly torn
- 2 tbsp finely grated vegetarian parmesan-style cheese
- 1/2 tsp dried basil (or dried mixed herbs)
- Cut the tofu into two thick slices, and squeeze out any excess liquid. You can use a tofu press if you have one, or just squeeze the slices of tofu tightly inside a clean tea towel.
- Add half of the tomato sauce to a baking dish (mine measured around 7 x 11 inches), and place the two slices of tofu on top. Spread the remaining sauce on top of the tofu.
- Scatter over your favourite pizza toppings, being sure not to overcrowd the dish. Then add the torn pieces of mozzarella, and a little parmesan too. I also added some dried basil.
- Bake at 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F) for around 20-25 minutes, until the cheese has crisped up to your liking.
Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1/2 the recipe (1 piece of tofu).
Here’s another of my favourite ways to make tofu tasty: cheesy tofu meatballs!
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