You can watch the video in the post for visual instructions.Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Press tofu for at least 15 minutes (read the blog post above to find out how to press it without a tofu press), then cut into 1-inch (2 1/2 cm) pieces.
Put the cornstarch, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt to a bowl and stir. Add the tofu and carefully stir to coat the tofu from all sides.
Transfer the tofu to the lined baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray, then bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Meanwhile, cook rice or rice noodles and fry veggies of choice, if using.
To make the sauce, add the maple syrup into a saucepan, stir in the ginger and garlic. Also add soy sauce, water, and lemon juice. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer.
Mix cornstarch with 2 tbsp water and add it to the saucepan. Let simmer for a few minutes until thickened.
Add the baked tofu and stir to cover the tofu with the sauce from all sides.
Serve with cooked rice noodles or rice. Top with fried veggies, sesame seeds, and chives. Enjoy!