Baked Tofu With Cilantro Pesto

Baked Tofu with Cilantro Pesto
Baked Tofu with Cilantro Pesto

Baked Tofu with Cilantro Pesto

My rendition of a national grocery chain’s cilantro pesto tofu that they have in their deli section. This is a great make ahead dish, as it is meant to be served cold.  Mike loved this baked tofu variation!!




  1. For tofu (I like Trader Joe’s extra firm, NOT packed in water) but use your preference, drain using a tofu press or wrap in a kitchen towel or several layers of paper towels, put on a plate and put something heavy on top of it (sauce pan with several cans of beans is what I used), for 20 minutes.
  2. Once drained, slice tofu into slices (not too thin) and place on a lightly oiled cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes, turn over after 15 minutes.
  4. You want them to firm up but, not be tough.
  5. While tofu is baking, make pesto.
  6. Place rest of ingredients in food processor and pulse until desired consistency.
  7. Once tofu is out of oven and cooled, chop slices into cubes and combine with pesto, serve immediately or chill for lunch or snacking
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  1. Mary says

    Wow. An entire bunch of cilantro and the juice of a lime on just one package of TJ’s extra firm tofu– this must pack a serious flavor punch. I’ll bet it’s really good. It’s a nice East-West idea blend– pesto, yet with cilantro, and on tofu. BTW I second the recommendation for the TJ’s extra firm tofu– good, and cheap.

  2. JOSEPH says

    Wow! I’ve tasted about Tofu but with Cilantro Pesto is new to me. The ingredients are also very healthy and yummy so I guess the dish will be delicious to taste. Thanks for sharing the recipe.



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