Vegan Grilling Tofu
Grilling tofu is a delicious plant-based option that’s easy to make and pairs well with any side dish. It also doesn’t take long to prepare and is versatile enough for a variety of seasonings and marinades.
Start by oiling your grill grates and skewers before cooking. This helps keep tofu from sticking and allows it to absorb more flavor during the grilling process.
1. Grilled Tofu Marinade Recipe
If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to grill your favorite plant-based protein, look no further than this grilled tofu marinade! It’s the perfect addition to any meal, and will leave your guests begging for more. Plus, this recipe will keep up to five days in an airtight container, making it a great meal prep option!
Start by pressing and draining your tofu, then slicing it into large slices that will cook easily on the grill. Use extra firm tofu for best results, as this type is the only variety that can handle the high heat of the grill without falling apart.
Pressing your tofu will remove all the water, leaving it dry and ready for a delicious grilled dish! Once you’re done, cut the tofu into pieces that will be about 1/2 an inch thick. You can serve it on top of a bed of rice, in a salad or on a sandwich.
You can also eat this grilled tofu over a bowl of veggies, like asparagus, broccoli or cabbage. These will soak up the marinade beautifully, making each bite packed with flavor.
Add a little more spice by using cayenne pepper or paprika. It’s also fun to experiment with different seasonings and flavors for the perfect grilled tofu!
Another great way to prepare this grilled tofu is to make it into skewers. This is a quick and easy recipe that makes it perfect for a party or get together, as you can have guests eat their way around the kebabs!
While the kebabs are cooking, prepare your marinade. Combine all of the ingredients in a mason jar and shake vigorously to combine, or whisk them all together in a bowl.
Once the kebabs are finished marinating, grill them on both sides until they’re cooked through and have some nice charring on them. You’ll know it’s done when you can nudge them with your finger and they move freely on the grill.
You can also turn your grilled tofu into a sandwich or wrap by tucking it in some whole grain bread with pickled vegetables and cashew mayo! This is the perfect light meal when you’re in a rush and want to grab something healthy.
2. Grilled Tofu Skewers
When it comes to vegan grilling, you can get really creative. You can make veggie burgers, grill some corn on the cob, or try this delicious recipe for grilled tofu skewers!
Tofu is an excellent choice for a vegetarian grilling recipe, and it’s much easier to marinate than meat. Tofu is also a very high-protein, low-fat food that won’t overcook on the grill.
You can even find pre-flavored tofu at some grocery stores, such as Naysoya brand garlic, and onion tofu or White Wave baked flavored tofu. These are great options, but you should still use a strong, flavorful marinade to help mask the flavors of the tofu.
Once you have your tofu marinated, assemble the skewers, alternating between the tofu and veggies. You should be able to fit at least 8 pieces of tofu and vegetables on each skewer.
Place the skewers on the grill and cook until the tofu has a dark char on some parts, and the vegetables are tender. To avoid overcooking, rotate the skewers about every 3 1/2 to 4 minutes.
These grilled tofu skewers are the perfect addition to your next barbecue or party. They are easy to prepare ahead of time and can be served alongside rice, a salad or grilled veggies.
The key to grilled tofu is using extra-firm tofu. This type of tofu is more likely to hold up on the grill, and it will absorb more of the marinade. You may also want to press the tofu before grilling, as it will remove a lot of the excess water that is naturally in the tofu.
After pressing, cut the tofu into 1 inch cubes. Combine the marinade ingredients in a bowl, and then transfer the tofu to the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
While the tofu is marinating, preheat a grill to 425 degF. You can also use a grill pan if you have one.
If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water before you assemble the kebabs to prevent them from burning on the grill.
3. Marinated Tofu Barbecue
Tofu is an excellent choice for a smoky BBQ, and you can grill it to perfection using this gluten free marinated tofu recipe. It will give you a nice, tangy flavor, and it’s also easy to make and delicious!
The best tofu for grilling is firm or extra-firm, which has little moisture and therefore absorbs the marinade better. But you can also use a soft tofu for this recipe, just be sure to press it to drain off the liquid before you marinate it.
For a quick, simple marinade, mix vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne in a bowl. Cover and let the tofu soak in it for about 20 minutes or so, and then grill it.
If you’re not using a grill, you can also try baking the tofu in the oven or on a skillet on the stove. Just be sure to press it to drain off any excess moisture before you cook it, and season well with salt to help it hold up on the grill.
Tofu should be grilled very low and slowly for optimal texture. This means that the outer layer will be crispy, and the center of the tofu will have a bouncy texture.
You’ll want to grill the tofu for about 10 minutes, or until it’s browned but still moist. It’s important to turn it over a few times during this cooking time, and once you can nudge it with your fingers and feel that it moves without sticking, it’s done!
Once grilled, serve the tofu with some fresh veggies like cucumber, pineapple, and bean sprouts. Toss them together with the grilled tofu and some bbq sauce for a delicious summer meal!
The recipe is very easy to double or triple, but you don’t need quite as much marinade. You can also add a few more ingredients for additional flavour, such as lemon juice, garlic powder, or apple cider vinegar.
When you’re ready to serve, place the grilled tofu on a platter and drizzle with some of the leftover marinade for added smoky flavour. This is a delicious vegan, gluten free, and dairy free dish that will be a hit at your next barbecue!
4. Marinated Grilled Tofu
Grilling tofu is an easy and delicious way to turn this plant-based protein into a hearty and flavorful meal. You can serve it over rice, tuck it into a wrap alongside fresh vegetables, or just eat it as a snack!
The key to making grilled tofu that’s bursting with flavor is using a good marinade. The one we use is a blend of soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, maple syrup, garlic, and cilantro. It’s a simple and delicious recipe that’s perfect for any occasion.
You can also add a bit of BBQ sauce, teriyaki sauce, or Buffalo sauce to this marinade for extra flavor. If you do, brush it on during the last few minutes of cooking to give it a smoky flavor.
This grilled tofu is a great main dish for summer grilling parties. It’s satisfying and packed with plant-based protein, so it’s a great option for those who want to cut down on calories and fat while still enjoying a tasty, healthy meal!
It also goes perfectly with a salad, and is easy to reheat in the microwave or on the grill. It makes a delicious and light meal that’s sure to please even your most picky eaters!
Soak the tofu in the marinade for at least 30 minutes. You can also leave it overnight for the most intense flavors.
The best type of tofu to use for grilling is extra firm. It’s a high-protein tofu that’s already dense and will hold up on the grill much better than soft tofu. It will also absorb the marinade and retain its shape better.
If you’re not sure whether your tofu is firm enough, try pressing it out using a tofu press before grilling it. This will help to get it to hold up on the grill and absorb more of the marinade, which will create a juicier and more flavorful tofu!
Tofu is also a popular vegan and vegetarian food that’s low in saturated fat and calories. It’s high in protein, which is an essential amino acid that your body needs for muscle growth and repair. It’s also high in fiber, which helps you feel full and keep your weight in check. It’s also a great source of potassium, which is important for cardiovascular health.