How about this for a review? Though I am not vegetarian, I buy this all the time. This is a terrific product for anyone. It seems to be one of the more popular products at Trader Joe’s. I often notice shoppers grabbing 2 or 3 packages at a time and sometimes its even sold out. Clearly there is a reason.

TJ’s ORGANIC BAKED TOFU is healthy, tasty and versatile. Its high in protein. It can work as a protein/main that one can use in many ways, so is great for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. BAKED TOFU as the name implies is tofu that’s been marinated then baked, which removes a lot of the water in it and gives it a pleasant, firm, and satisfying, well, “meaty” texture, which is why its great for non-vegetarians and vegetarians alike. Though I’m not vegetarian I buy this all the time because its a great ingredient. This can make a very good substitute for a meat protein like say, chicken? In fact this can be used as the “main” protein in many dishes. This is terrific for use in an Asian Stir Fry dishes (see my Tofu with Broccoli stir fry below for one idea). It can be eaten on its own as the Main. You can eat this just As-Is, cold or room temp, with a nice sauce or dressing such as their Sweet Chili Sauce or Sriracha Ranch Dressing, or Spicy Peanut Dressing…. or make up your own. As you can see from what I did with it, it can still be cooked (see pic below). I sometimes grill it, which I think improves it’s flavor even more. There are two flavors available, TERIYAKI and SRIRACHA. Though I am a big fan of Sriracha sauce I find the Teriyaki version is my preferred of the two versions they have. So if you are trying this for the first time, I suggest trying the Teriyaki version first, then the other. But honestly both flavors are good, do try both at some point and see which of the two you like best. Perhaps you will always buy one of each kind, as I see many people do!

What I did with it here (pictured below) is just cut it into slices and sautéed it in a non-stick pan with some Toasted Sesame Oil for about 5 minutes a side until it was golden brown. I then added Soy Sauce and a little raw Sugar (the two basic elements of Teriyaki sauce) and a good deal of fresh black pepper and cooked that for a few minutes more until the sauce has cooked in and thickened a bit. Basically I wanted some more Teriyaki flavor and some sauce. Fresh Garlic (and fresh ginger) would be great to add too, of course for even more flavor.

If I had added more soy sauce and sugar and cooked it down, that would have made more Teriyaki sauce. I think thats one good way to make it. This can be served with that sauce on the side or spooned over. You can use almost any sauce, prepared ones at Trader Joe’s such as Teriyaki, Dumpling Sauce, SoyYaki, Sriracha, Green Dragon Sauce, or even Sriracha Ranch Dressing. Serve the tofu along with some rice, a vegetable, and salad and you have a great tasty, healthy, fast, easy dinner.

If that’s too much work for you, you can just open the package up and just slice it into cubes and throw it on top of a bed of arugula, Power Greens, spinach leaves, etc., and drizzle your favorite sauce or dressing on top, maybe add some peanuts or cashews and voila – you have a nice Lunch or Dinner in seconds.

Chinese Style Tofu with Broccoli

Roughly I would say one 7 oz. package serves about 2 people, if you serve with above other stuff. So get another package if you are 4. Some readers report just slicing it up thinly and using in sandwiches, as one might use sliced chicken. As the package says “be creative”.  This would be good with the SOBA STIR FRY KIT. You could also use this, or the Sriracha version, as your “main protein” plus veggies with TJ’s very good  THAI CURRY SIMMER SAUCE for a Thai curry.  In short I find this is great stuff to always keep on hand in the fridge, and I almost always have a package in mine, as it’s already cooked it has a long BEST BY date (about 5-6 weeks) so its not like a meat product. Some more uses: cut into strips, sprinkled with more seasonings (chili powder and garlic powder), stir fried, then added to lots of veggies in an asian stir fry. A 7 oz. package has gone up in price now to $3.69 (current price, May 2019, NYC)

Recipe – Chinese Tofu and Broccoli; cut up broccoli into bite size pieces (don’t throw out the stem! Just peel the stem and slice it up thinly) Par-boil the stems first for one minute in salted water. After a minute throw in the rest of the broccoli and cook for another minute or so till bright green. Immediately remove and rinse veg with cold water; put aside. Cut up the tofu into bite size pieces and saute in a wok (or pan) 4-5 minutes till brown then flip and do the other side. While the tofu browns, make the sauce (2 teaspoons soy, 1 tsp oyster sauce, 2 cloves garlic crushed, 1 inch ginger sliced julienne, 1/2 cup water. Mix in a large rounded tsp of corn starch and stir. After the tofu is all brown remove. Add another tsp oil and stir fry the broccoli till crispy tender. Add the tofu and sauce and cook for about one minute until the sauce is slightly thickened and serve with rice. Optional: top the dish with Lao Gan Ma or TJ’s Chili Crisp.


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sumit Jaitely
    Jan 15, 2019 @ 13:34:06

    Tofu is awesome in taste. Keep sharing more great blog post.

    Liked by 1 person


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  3. Ttrockwood
    Feb 04, 2019 @ 21:56:27

    This is a regular purchase for me, i like that the teriyaki flavor isn’t overwhelming- i eat slices as is for a snack, add it diced to soups, or most often to my daily lunch salads.
    I just wished TJs carried a smoked tofu!

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    • Tammy
      Sep 14, 2019 @ 23:13:49

      I agree! TJs needs smoked tofu!!

      Liked by 1 person


      • promacnyc
        Sep 27, 2019 @ 11:44:16

        I have used a simple Chinese cooking method for smoking food that might work, should anyone one want to try. In a wok with a cover, place a square of aluminum foil. Put a teaspoon of loose Oolong or Lapsang Soochong tea on the foil. Put a steamer basket or wire rack over the tea. On the rack, place your food to be smoked in a dish that will fit. Cover the wok with lid. Its now a closed smoker. Turn on a heat set to LOW. The tea will start to smoke in a few minutes (open the windows!) Let it smoke for 5-10 minutes, then turn off the heat and let it cool without opening the lid. Keep windows open when you do this! It will get smokey in the kitchen. If someone tries this to smoke the tofu, let us know how it turns out.

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  4. Deb
    Feb 18, 2019 @ 22:58:58

    I get the container of Bench and Field cat treats for my friends’ cat and IT’S BECOME THE ONLY TREAT THE CAT WILL EAT.

    Me, I have a Beagle Mix… and she looooves TJ’s beef liver treats ($2.49). Her love for them has prompted me to buy them for friends’ dogs, too.

    Thank you for your product reviews!



  5. Amber
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 12:53:00

    I love the teriyaki marinated tofu. I love to just plop a block on my salad. I am planning to try it in some stir fry noodles/veggies soon. Haven’t tried the sriracha yet, but next time I go I’ll pick some up! Btw, where you do live? It’s $3.69 where I live!



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