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Recipe | Peanutty Quinoa Bowls for Two + How To Make Your Own Baked Tofu

Peanutty Quinoa Bowls with Baked Tofu Recipe

Peanutty Quinoa Bowls with Baked Tofu
Packaged baked tofu is the vegetarian equivalent of rotisserie chicken. You can buy it and do about a gazillion different things with it. Yes, a gazillion. I’ve counted. Throw a slab of it on a bun and top it with slaw, cube it and put it in salad, add it to a veggie stir fry, eat it as-is–it’s so versatile! Back in the day, before this whole food blogging thing, I used to always keep a package or two in the fridge for quick dinners when I didn’t feel like cooking.

I had the idea to do this Peanutty Quinoa Bowl recipe with store-bought baked tofu, but then I forgot to buy it. It actually wasn’t my fault–Whole Foods keeps moving things around and the baked tofu wasn’t where it used to be and when it wasn’t in its usual place, I was totally thrown off and forgot about it. Oops! Driving all the way back to Whole Foods for a package of tofu seemed silly, so I thought, hey, I’ll make my own baked tofu!

How to Make Baked Tofu
This recipe is similar to my Baked Barbecue Tofu, but the whole barbecue sauce thing can be a little bit limiting. Do you want barbecue sauce in your stir fry or salad? Maybe not. If you’re still skeptical about tofu, try it baked–really, I think you’ll change your mind. It’s marinated so it’s flavorful, not bland. Using a tofu press helps the tofu absorb as much of the marinade as possible. Baking it makes it chewy, not mushy. Barbecue tofu is awesome, but this baked tofu recipe has a savory Asian-inspired flavor that makes it work in a variety of dishes–stir fries, salads, and especially Peanutty Quinoa Bowls.

Peanutty Quinoa Bowls with Baked Tofu
Peanutty Quinoa Bowls? Yes! These are so easy. You toss some quinoa and some veggies with peanut sauce and serve it with a few slices of baked tofu (either homemade or store-bought). You can do this! This recipe makes two servings; if you’re not sharing, throw the second bowl in the fridge and eat it tomorrow.

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    June 3, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I made this last night for my dad with a couple of changes (we are not vegetarians and he is concerned about soy consumption, so I actually topped it with shrimp, not tofu, and I had cauliflower, not broccoli) and I just want to say it was very very good. I had doubled the recipe to make sure there was enough and allow for leftovers, and there still weren’t any! Your peanutty dressing is so good I think I’ll try it on lettuce as a salad.

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      Kiersten Frase
      June 3, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      I’m happy to hear it was a hit! I use a version of that sauce on salads all the time, so it definitely works like that! It’s also a good dipping sauce for steamed veggies. πŸ™‚

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    Alexandra Paras
    July 21, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Oh my goodness! I made this yesterday for my lunch today & this week. It. Is. AMAZING!!!
    I have never enjoyed tofu before (and I didn’t even have a press, I just used paper towel) and I LOVED this tofu. The peanut dressing is totally amazing on the quinoa and vegetables.

    I’m just in love with this dish all around. Thank you so much for a wonderful new vegetarian meal!

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      Kiersten Frase
      July 21, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Woo hoo! It’s amazing what pressing, marinating, and baking can do to a slab of tofu, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

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    Lila Perilloux
    September 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    So excited to try this! Did you know that freezing tofu (after pressing and slicing) helps it to absorb marinade? Even 30 minutes in the freezer does the trick!

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    October 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I really wish the tofu recipe was listed first. I’ve made this twice and forgotten both times that the tofu takes twice as long as everything else. Otherwise, I LOVE this meal and so does my family.

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      August 15, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      It is a delicious recipe – I love it! But true, putting the baked tofu recipe below which takes over an hour messed up my timelines totally. It would be nice if the recipe instructions started with tofu prep, and while it bakes, the quinoa and veggie prep could take place. In any case, still a totally delish meal!!!

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    October 12, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    My least favorite recipe on this site so far πŸ™

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    Nikki @ Active Vegetarian
    October 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    This looks wonderful! What a great “complete” meal idea πŸ™‚

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    October 27, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I’ve just discovered your site whilst doing a search for cauliflower rice! I was veggie for 18 years and whilst I’m not any more, I still love veggie food and am so excited to find your delicious recipes! Can’t wait to give some a try.

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    Wandalis Velez
    October 27, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    How much protein?

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    December 30, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Do you have the nutrition info? It’s hard being a veggie diabetic. πŸ™

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    January 5, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    i made this tonight & it was amazing! The only thing I did differently was add some matchstick carrots. Thanks for posting this; the peanut butter was perfect in the sauce & the tofu was excellent!

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    March 30, 2015 at 10:21 am

    That looks so delish. I am going to make this for my family today. What a great healthy recipe. Thanks again.

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    June 4, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    I have a pretty basic question! I feel like there is a tremendous amount of smoke/steam coming out of the oven while this cooks. It tastes great but this is the second time I’ve made it and worried about my smoke detectors going off! πŸ™‚

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    June 5, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Could you slice the tofu BEFORE pressing?

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      Dana Raidt
      June 5, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      Hi Gina, Yes, you could slice before pressing. It may bake faster, though, so you’d just need to watch it to make sure it doesn’t burn or dry out!

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    January 3, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    how much protein for 1 serving?

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    January 24, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Hey! This recipe looks great, by the way, and I plan on trying it tonight! If I substitute tempeh for tofu (we ran out) how long would I bake it for?

    Love your website!

    Thanks so much,

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    January 25, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I made this as a stuffed roasted pepper instead (because I was too tired/lazy after the gym to chop-up the pepper), best thing I’ve eaten for a long time so going into meal rotation in my house. Thanks!

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    m. bloom
    December 7, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I love the look of this recipe and hoped to print it out so I could keep it on the kitchen counter while cooking. Aren’t your recipes usually set up to click for a printable view of the recipe?


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      December 9, 2016 at 9:33 am

      The print button is back on desktop – we were having a little trouble with it. We’re working on getting it back on mobile too!

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        December 9, 2016 at 12:20 pm

        Great!! Thanks!! (By the way, your site is my go-to source for vegetarian recipes — it really is the best!! So, thank you, not only for fixing the print-button, but also more generally, for creating, hosting and managing such a great site with great recipes!)

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    January 29, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I made a double batch last week to last me but my husband who’s the pickiest person I know decided he loved it and it was gone quickly. so im making it again this week it was so yummy. The peanut sauce really adds a great flavor. I kept the sauce separate and added it as I ate it. We went through the sauce fast so I would suggest making a lot of it.

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    February 16, 2017 at 1:08 am

    wow.. baked tofuss , really loved the recipe.. iam going to try this out. thanks for sharing the recipe.. the pics are awesome.. keep on doing.. thank you..

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    May 6, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Where has the tofu recipe gone? Had this page saved to my favourites and now it’s disappeared!

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      May 7, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Apologies! We just did some work on the site and are having a few issues. We will get this fixed as soon as possible!

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        May 15, 2017 at 9:50 pm

        Ahhh! I love this recipe and come back to it all the time. But the baked tofu recipe is still missing! Help! I need tasty tofu!

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    May 13, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Waaaaa! I can’t find the tofu marine recipe! I use that sauce nearly every week, and it seems to just be MISSING!? Help! Please! We love to! Olive oil, maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper (I add crushed red pepper for a tiny bite) bit how much?! Thanks for the help!

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    May 17, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Help! I can’t find the baked tofu recipe. Ive made this twice so I know it was there before. Can’t seem to find it this time.

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    May 17, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I found it!! here’s the link to the baked marinated tofu:

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    February 1, 2018 at 6:55 am

    The peanut quinoa combo is a winner. I keep returning to this recipe πŸ™‚

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