Pineapple Glazed Tofu

BY : PUBLISHED : March 29th, 2021 UPDATED: November 22nd, 2021

Yes, it is another amazing tofu recipe, and this one is very special. This Pineapple Glazed Tofu is sweet and smoky in flavor, and a real treat once you get the hang of how to make it. It’s our take on a Pineapple Glazed Ham, and your guests will love it! The juices of the pineapple, the sweetness of the sugar caramelize and create a super delicious crust. Don’t be deterred by the idea of pineapple in your tofu, we can assure you that it is a divine combination!

Glazed tofu slices and pineapple rings in a white baking dish.

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Pineapple Glazed Tofu

Toni Okamoto
This delicious plant-based take on glazed ham will expand your tofu horizons. Prepare this Pineapple Glazed Tofu for the family on special occasions!
4.23 from 18 votes
Prep Time 3 hrs 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 168 kcal


For the tofu:

  • 2 16-ounce packages of extra firm tofu, drained
  • 2 whole cloves
  • ½ cup of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of hickory liquid smoke
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice

For the glaze:

  • ¼ cup of reserved pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Tofu topping:

  • 4 pineapple rings
  • 5 maraschino cherries


  • Wrap the drained tofu blocks individually in clean hand towels and stack some books on each of them for 10 minutes. For extra weight, I also take my 8-pound dumbbells and place them on each stack of tofu and books. After 10 minutes, change the towels and continue pressing them for another 30 minutes.
  • While the tofu is being pressed, place the soy sauce, liquid smoke, and garlic powder in a bowl and whisk together. 
  • After 30 minutes have passed, place the tofu blocks side-by-side in a rectangular storage container and score the tofu by making 1/2-inch deep diagonal cuts that create a diamond pattern. At the tip of each diamond, stick a whole clove. Pour the soy sauce mixture, add the lid to the storage container, shake it up. Let it marinate for 30 minutes, shake it again, and allow it to sit for another 15 minutes. 
  • Preheat the oven to 390 degrees F. 
  • Transfer the tofu to an oven-safe dish and bake for 45 minutes, checking every 10 to 15 minutes to prevent burning. 
  • While tofu is baking, prepare the glaze by mixing the pineapple juice from the can, brown sugar, and a pinch of cinnamon.
  • After 45 minutes, remove from heat and add the pineapple rings and maraschino cherries, as well as half of the glaze using a basting brush and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and use the basting brush to add the remaining glaze before serving.


Calories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 14gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1181mgPotassium: 357mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 22IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 3mg
Keyword glazed ham, glazed tofu, pineapple, pineapple tofu, sweet tofu, tofu, vegan glazed ham
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Pineapple Magic

Pineapple is a water-rich and delicious tropical fruit that happens to look like a pine cone, therefore its name. But the fun doesn’t end there, this incredible fruit has so many incredible health benefits, you’ll be stocking up next time they’re on sale! They are packed with essential vitamins like A, K, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc, and their Vitamin C content is high enough to meet our daily requirements with only one cup.

Our favorite pineapple trait? They contain a natural digestive enzyme, called Bromelain, which breaks proteins and makes them easily digestible. This is why pairing this fruit with protein is a good idea.

Another amazing idea? Add frozen or fresh pineapple to your green smoothies, it will add some amazing freshness and sweetness!

How to Press Your Tofu

If you’re new to tofu, or simply are new to the simple science of pressing it, we are here to help. Why do we recommend pressing your tofu? When it comes to firm (or extra firm) tofu, the less water content it has, the better. If our goal is to achieve a certain “meaty” texture, the dryer the better.

The question is, how to press your tofu? In the instructions in the recipe below, you’ll find the simpler no fancy equipment needed version of the process but you can purchase many affordable tofu pressing devices to make the process a bit more seamless, and (let’s face it) less messy.

Let us know if this Pineapple Glazed Tofu surprised you or your loved ones!

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About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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