To make baked tofu, slice firm tofu into 1/2-inch thick slices, and bake the slices on an oiled baking sheet at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes, flipping the tofu occasionally. Serve the tofu on a sandwich or in salad.
To make crispy pan-fried tofu, slice the tofu to the desired thickness, salt both sides of the slice, and press the slices between paper towels to remove the excess moisture. To make crispy pan-fried tofu, use firm or extra-firm tofu cut into slices that are 1/2 inch thick. Coat the tofu lightly in flour, and heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons sesame oil to the hot skillet, and fry the tofu until it is golden brown on both sides. If desired, serve the tofu with a soy sauce and balsamic vinegar glaze.
To make spicy marinated tofu, combine 1/4 cup soy sauce, one to two minced garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Add 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger, 1 teaspoon mirin and 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil to the mixture, and stir well to combine. Soak sliced tofu in the mixture for at least 10 minutes before cooking.