Miso Glazed Tofu

This savory Miso Glazed Tofu has quickly become our new favorite! It is savory, sweet, sticky, crispy, and basically an umami bomb in your mouth. It’s super easy to make and you only need 8 ingredients. It pairs well with brown rice and veggies for a balanced and nutritious meal!

miso glazed tofu

The BEST Miso Glazed Tofu

I’ve been working on this recipe for a while now and I’m happy to present your favorite new tofu recipe! The tofu itself is absolutely delicious, crispy, savory, and addicting. I love making it in my air fryer to get maximum crispiness but I also list a baking option.

Make this recipe for anyone that says they don’t like tofu because I can almost guarantee that they will truly enjoy it! I’ve given this recipe to the pickiest of eaters and have had zero complaints. Meat eaters, picky eaters, EVERYONE will love this miso glazed tofu. AND it’s made with only 8 ingredients:

miso glazed tofu ingredients

8 Ingredients

Tofu: I highly recommend getting “high protein tofu” if possible. It saves you labor because you don’t have to press it AND the texture is insanely firm and meaty. If you can only manage to get “extra firm” tofu – just make sure you press it really well.

Soy Sauce/Tamari: This helps bring more flavor to the tofu as well as color. If you are gluten-free make sure to use Tamari. If you are watching your sodium choose low-sodium.

Miso Paste: The star of the show! Miso paste is the star in this delicious Miso Glazed Tofu so I recommend using the best of the best. If you have your favorite miso, go ahead and use it. If you’re vegan, make sure your miso paste is vegan (not all of them are, I KNOW UGH). This is my favorite miso paste.

Maple Syrup: For sweetness! Don’t have any? That’s okay, you can also use brown sugar, coconut sugar, cane sugar, or sugar in the raw. If using granulated sugars, make sure to whisk into a tablespoon of boiling hot water before marinading the tofu in it. Tofu marinates best in liquids.

Sesame Oil: I love adding it for flavor but you can also use avocado, canola, or vegetable oil. You can also avoid it all-together and sauté garlic in a little bit of water.

Garlic: I don’t think I need to say much here besides, don’t skip it! This recipe (like many others) gets lots of flavor from garlic.

Nutritional Yeast: YES, USE IT. It adds extra nutty/meaty flavor to the tofu as well as extra “bread-like” coating to make it extra crispy. I recommend buying it at Trader Joe’s or online to get a better deal because it can get pricey.

Corn Starch: Adds to the crispy factor! You can also opt out and just use extra nutritional yeast.

miso glazed tofu

Tips for the BEST Tofu:

Freeze it for 1-2 days and then full defrost it before cooking it. The texture is unreal and more “chicken-like”. 

Don’t forget to marinate it. For best results, marinade overnight!

Air fry it! If you don’t already have an air fryer, what are you waiting for? Click here to check out the one I have been using for almost 2 years now.

vegan tofu recipe

If you love this Miso Glazed Tofu, you will also love:

Vegan Orange Chick’n (Tofu)

Sweet and Sour Tofu

Sweet Ginger Tofu

Peanut Sauce Tofu

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miso glazed tofu

Miso Glazed Tofu

  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Diet: Vegan


This savory Miso Glazed Tofu has quickly become our new favorite! It is savory, sweet, sticky, crispy, and basically an umami bomb in your mouth. It’s super easy to make and you only need 8 ingredients. It pairs well with brown rice and veggies for a balanced and nutritious meal!


Units Scale
  • 1 packet high protein tofu (or extra firm)
  • 23 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoon miso paste
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/41/2 cup water


  1. Dice tofu into 1-inch cubes. Marinade for 30 minutes in 1-2 tbsp soy sauce/tamari (adjust to taste, if you are sensitive to salty foods just 1 tbsp) and 1 tbsp maple syrup.
  2. After 30 minutes, add nutritional yeast and 2 tbsp of cornstarch to coat the tofu. Use a small spatula to toss it and assure it is evenly coated.
  3. Air fry at 375 F for 18-20 minutes (or until desired crispiness). You can also bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes. Make sure to flip or toss halfway through cooking.
  4. Set a pan on medium heat and add sesame seed oil. Once hot, add garlic and fry for 30 seconds.
  5. Next, add the rest of the soy sauce (1 tbsp), maple syrup (2 tbsp), miso paste (2 tbsp), and 1/4 cup water. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add 1 tbsp cornstarch to the simmering sauce to help thicken. Stir consistently for 1 minute until fully dissolved and the sauce begins to thicken.
  7. Check the consistency of the sauce and add more water if desired. The sauce should be thick and viscous but still a bit runny.
  8. At this point, tofu should be done cooking. If tofu has met your desired level of crispiness, add it to the pan and toss it into the sauce.
  9. Serve over rice and vegetables, enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Tofu
  • Method: Air Fryer, Stove
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Keywords: miso glazed tofu, miso tofu, crispy tofu, easy tofu recipe

11 thoughts on “Miso Glazed Tofu

  1. Seamus says:

    Made this tonight, it was a big hit with the family! This will be our go-to todo prep method from now on, it’s much easier, healthier, and less messy than pan frying. The tofu method would work just as well with a teriyaki or orange glaze. Thanks so much!

  2. Ida says:

    How much soya sauce does this recipe require for 1 person? In point 1 it says use 2 tbsp for marinate. Then in point 5 it says to “add the rest of the soy sauce (2 tbsp)”. That sums up to 4 tbsp. But in the list of incidents it says 2 tbsp.

  3. Bel says:

    I made this recipe and it was a hit!, I love baked tofu, with these ingredients it was
    sweet and savory. I definitely will make it again. Love

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