This is a really easy and healthy way to prepare tofu and is great for people who may not like the taste and texture of tofu. When the tofu is baked, it becomes slightly chewier. The soy based marinade adds a lot of flavor to the tofu and the sesame seeds create a delicious crunchy coating.
1 block extra firm sprouted tofu
3 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp ponzu (I like to use Marukan brand but if you are using a brand like Kikkoman that contains soy sauce, then you should decrease the amount of soy sauce)
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
3 cloves garlic, mashed into a paste
1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
1 tbsp korean hot pepper flakes (optional)
roasted white sesame seeds
Press the tofu for 20 minutes by wrapping in a few layers of paper towel or a clean kitchen cloth and placing on a plate with another plate and a weight on top. After 20 minutes, a lot of water should have been pressed out. Cut the tofu in half and then each half into 10 slices. Combine the soy sauce, ponzu, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Place the tofu in a single layer in a dish and pour the marinade over your tofu slices. Preheat the oven to 375º. Let the tofu marinate for 20 minutes and turn the tofu slices over after 10 minutes. After the tofu has marinated, place some sesame seeds in a dish. Take each slice of marinated tofu and coat in the sesame seeds and place in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet. Place the tofu into the oven for 25-30 minutes until the tofu is browned. Serve with a simple salad.