clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
slices of stacked smoked tofu on a plate

Smoked Tofu

With this simple yet delicious smoked tofu recipe, you can easily add a burst of smoky flavor to your meals. This versatile protein-packed delight will elevate your dishes and impress your taste buds, from sandwiches to grain bowls. Plus, it's a nutritious option for those seeking plant-based protein alternatives.

Rate this Recipe

  • Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional for extra smokiness)
  • chives or any fresh herb (for garnish) or top with Lemon Pistachio Gremolata


  1. Drain any excess liquid from the tofu block by pressing the tofu between two plates or in a tofu press.
  2. While the tofu is draining, combine the soy sauce, maple syrup, vinegar, liquid smoke, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika (if using). Mix well to create the marinade.
  3. Cut the tofu into thin slices or cubes, depending on your preference.
  4. Add the marinade to the tofu slices or cubes and gently toss to coat them evenly in a shallow dish. Let the tofu marinate for at least 4 hours in the fridge for the best flavor.
  5. Preheat your oven or air-fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  7. Place the marinated tofu on the baking sheet or air fryer basket, ensuring they are spread out in a single layer. Save the marinade to use later.
  8. Bake the tofu in the oven for about 30 minutes, flipping them halfway through to ensure even cooking and browning. If using an air-fryer, bake for 8-10 minutes.
  9. After flipping, use the remaining marinade to coat the tofu with more flavor.
  10. Cook the tofu for the remaining time or until it turns a deep golden brown. Adjust the cooking time as needed to achieve your desired level of crispiness.
  11. Remove the smoked tofu from the oven or air fryer and let it cool for a few minutes.
  12. Optional: Add fresh chives or herbs to any dish you serve it with for a pop of color and a nice presentation.


Nutritional information is only an estimate. Use a nutritional app like Cronometer to get information on the exact ingredients and amounts you are using. 

Slice the smoked tofu into thin strips or bite-sized cubes, depending on your preference.

Cooking times may vary based on your air fryer model and the thickness of the tofu slices, so keep an eye on them to avoid overcooking.

I strongly suggest that you don't skip chilling the marinated tofu. This deepens the flavor. The longer, the better. 





  • Author: Regi Pearce
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: appetizer, dinner, lunch
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 99
  • Sugar: 7
  • Sodium: 1075
  • Fat: 2
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3
  • Carbohydrates: 11
  • Fiber: 0.5
  • Protein: 9

Keywords: high protein, liquid smoke