Roasted Tofu with Kale & Pine Nuts

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 1 vote
Chili and Lemon Roasted Tofu with Kale & Pine Nuts. A One tray vegan supper that's easy to prepare and super satisfying.
Chili and Lemon Roasted Tofu with Kale & Pine Nuts

Inspiration and big change is always floating around in the back of the mind, in the atmosphere, everywhere really. Like an iceberg that looks so small and unassuming on the surface of dark water, there’s a giant waiting to be seen underneath. It is impressive, surprising; its potential builds up over weeks and months. Maybe even years. Just waiting and growing.

…I saw roasted kale on a menu recently and was kind of taken aback at first. I thought it would be weird, nonsensical, all that; even though I absolutely love kale in any form I’ve tried. So I tinkered with it at home out of curiosity. Wow. Really good. Surprising. That reaction and the whole lead-up to it kind of summarizes life right now, lots of delicious surprises. They were kind of there all along in whispers and hums, developing and getting bigger and louder and then whoa. Right there. Hello.

Other than that, not much else to chat about. I just received Bryant Terry’s fantastic new book and was feeling so inspired flipping through the pages and looking at the gorgeous photos. I remembered a technique I learned from his first book Vegan Soul Kitchen for roasting tofu. I was so thrilled to see a new rendition in The Inspired Vegan. So here’s my take for you to play with and be inspired by (hopefully). Big hugs :)

Chili and Lemon Roasted Tofu with Kale & Pine Nuts

Roasted Tofu & Kale with Pine Nuts

Chili and Lemon Roasted Tofu with Kale & Pine Nuts. A One tray vegan supper that's easy to prepare and super satisfying.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 2 -4


  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, leaves removed and chopped
  • 4 sprigs thyme, leaves removed and chopped
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package (227g) firm/extra firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 bunch kale, leaves removed and torn into 2-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup pine nuts


  • I make this dish all on one sheet pan. Choose one thats big enough to accommodate everything and just add the components as time winds down.
  • Also, any strong spice or flavour would be great here, this dish is pretty open to interpretation.


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Combine the lemon zest, sliced garlic, chili flakes, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper in the bowl of a mortar and pestle. Grind it up until a dry paste is achieved. Add the lemon juice and oil and grind until mixture is unified.
  • Pour about half of the oil and lemon juice mixture into a large bowl. Toss it with the cubes of tofu very gently. Place onto  the parchment-lined baking sheet in one tight section. Roast for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and gently toss the tofu cubes with a fork or spatula. Place back in the oven and roast for another 10 minutes.
  • Toss the kale with the remaining oil and lemon juice mixture in the large bowl. Remove the tofu from the oven and place the kale on most of the remaining space of the tray. Roast for 10 more minutes. Place pine nuts on the tray and roast for another 2-3 minutes, until tofu is quite browned, kale has wilted and crisped a bit and the pine nuts are golden.
  • Serve hot or at room temperature.
09/02/2012 (Last Updated 28/01/2024)
Posted in: autumn, earthy, gluten free, grain-free, kale, main course, refined sugar-free, roasted, salty, side dish, tofu, vegan, winter


Recipe Rating

  • Nanc

    I was very apprehensive about this recipe, as I am just learning to eat Tofu or cooked kale. But I was very happy with how it turned out, however was that the tofu was not as flavorful as I would want. Next time I make it I am going to try smaller pieces and allow it to marinate a little longer.

    I also roasted some carrots to go with this dish.Their sweetness perfectly balanced the acidity of the kale.

    Loved the recipe, cant wait to try this and other recipes on the site again.

  • Jess | Jessica Cox Nutritionist

    Yeeeeaaah!! Roasted foo is da bomb!

  • Reeve

    Oh man, this sounds good! QUick question though, do you press the tofu first for this recipe? My gut says yet, but I’ve never roasted tofu so I thought I would ask.

    • Laura Wright

      Hi Reeve! You can if you want, but I don’t think it’s necessary. The high heat of the roasting takes most of the moisture away. Super easy! :)

  • Reesa

    How am I just finding your website now?! Shame on me. I’d better get moving through the archives stat… there are so many wonderful things to try!

  • Katie (The Muffin Myth)

    You know, I had some kale in my hands yesterday (which is *extremely* tough to find in Sweden) and I was going to toss it in the oven along side a spaghetti squash I was roasting, but I thought, nah, roasted kale? That sounds crazy. Now I’ll definitely come back to it. The tofu looks great as well! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Meg

    I just wanted to say that I had been eyeing this recipe for sometime. Finally made it this evening, and it was the perfect combination of flavors. The only change was that I added half the kale for 10 minutes and the other half for 5 minutes so there was a nice mix of crispy and soft kale. Delicious!

  • Elizabeth (Greens & Seeds)

    Roasting the entire meal on one baking sheet? Brilliant!

  • Diane

    I made this and will be remaking it for my daughter who is visiting this week. The kale is absolutely wonderful, the tofu delecious and the pine nuts were just another layer of flavor. Also easy to make once you get through the first part. This is definitely something I will be adding to favorite recipes.

  • raechel @ the rebel grrl kitchen

    Love love love Bryant Terry! Just ate his creamy grits & tempeh last night for dinner. : ) (This looks amazing, ps.)

  • Judy

    oh wow this is beautiful.. I love tofu and am glad that everybody’s starting to get into it. There are just so many ways to spice up this wonderful treat and this chilli lemon recipe is awesome! Now only if I can get kale….

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I need this. For reals.

  • Margarita

    Love all these ingredients… Never thought of using lemon to flavor tofu… So good!

  • Michelle

    Looks delicious lady! Totally my kind of meal on top of some brown rice!

    Question: If one doesn’t have a mortar and pestle….what does one do?

    • Laura

      Michelle, If you’re feeling lazy, blend it all. If not, just chop the herbs, garlic, zest etc all fine and stir it into the lemon juice and oil :)

  • Jacqui

    I’ve never thought to roast kale either! Sound absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely be trying this soon.

  • dana @ my little celebration

    I WILL be making this as I just picked up some tofu at TJ’s. Lovely!