Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Simply Marinated, Grilled Tofu

Simply Marinated, Grilled Tofu
There are bunches of recipes for Grilled, Marinated Tofu out there. I've tried a lot of them - probably 10 to 15 different recipes over the years, both purchased and homemade. Some were too sweet, some too bland, some too greasy, some too fruity, and many of the home made varieties were just too labor intensive or time consuming! The store-bought varieties were, almost without exception, WAYY too expensive.

This is my all-time favorite. It is SOOO easy to make, delicious, and perfectly seasoned. No need to press or use a lot of fancy techniques.

I adapted the marinade from a recipe for Chicken from Betty Crocker.

Simply Marinated, Grilled Tofu
Use 1 pound (14-16 ounces, or 1/2 Kilo) Firm or Very Firm Chinese Style Tofu (not silken Tofu), the variety that comes in a plastic box in the refrigerator case. Cut the plastic film from the top, all the way around, and pour off the liquid. Allow to stand for a few minutes while you mix the marinade, and then pour off the liquid again. Cut the tofu once lengthwise, and then in about 7 crosswise slices (see picture). My little one likes to eat Tofu straight from the box, so I gave her the end slice in the picture.

After slicing, pour marinade right into box, slightly separating pieces so that the marinade can get between the slices. If you plan to marinate for longer than 1/2 hour (which is optional), cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge to marinate.

Stir Together
3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Water
½ Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
½ teaspoon Fresh Garlic
Dash Cayenne
Tofu Marinating right in its box.
Marinate briefly (20 minutes to overnight - it's up to you), then lift pieces out of the marinade and grill in an indoor electric grill, which has been lightly oiled,  such as the George Foreman grill.

I cook these slices till golden brown - I don't really time it, but it takes about 10 to 15 minutes. If you try to remove it  from the grill too soon, it may stick. The grill both cooks and presses the tofu, eliminating the need to press before marinating! You may drizzle with a little extra marinade, if desired.

Alternate Cooking Method:
If you don't have an electric grill, the tofu may alternately be baked on a nonstick cookie sheet for 400 degrees for 1/2 hour, broiling to brown at the end if desired.

Serving Suggestion: I like to serve this with Szechuan Green Beans, Steamed Rice & Sliced Cucumbers. It also makes a nice sandwich filling.

Tip for Dining with Omnivores: This marinade is also good for Chicken before it is baked or roasted!

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1 comment:

  1. Yeah! I know what you mean - my trials with Marinading tofu have been hit and miss at times, too! This sounds lovely, tho!


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