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Marinated Grilled Tofu

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It’s summertime, and thoughts of grilled food often turn to meat. In fact, slabs of firm tofu are perfect for grilling – they take on flavors well, absorbing any marinade you choose. They hold up over the intense heat of a grill, becoming caramelized and char-marked and flavorful, just like a piece of meat. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about cooking it through properly! Tofu has no medium-rare.

You can start with a block of firm or extra firm tofu – but I like to give it a quick press to get rid of any excess moisture. This will ensure a nice crispy crust.


  • Start with firm or extra firm tofu. 1 of 5
    Start with firm or extra firm tofu.
  • Place it on a paper towel-lined plate, put more paper towels on top and set a skillet on top to weigh it down. 2 of 5
    Place it on a paper towel-lined plate, put more paper towels on top and set a skillet on top to weigh it down.
  • Cut crosswise into slabs and marinate however you like. 3 of 5
    Cut crosswise into slabs and marinate however you like.
  • Pat dry and toss on a preheated, oiled grill. 4 of 5
    Pat dry and toss on a preheated, oiled grill.
  • This should win over even those who dislike tofu. 5 of 5
    This should win over even those who dislike tofu.

Marinated Grilled Tofu

Use any bottled marinade or use your favorite recipe – tofu takes on flavors well, so you can customize it to suit your taste.

1 brick firm or extra-firm tofu
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp brown sugar or honey
2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp. sesame oil
pinch dried red chili flakes

Set a brick of firm tofu on top of a double layer of paper towels; top with another double layer and set a cast iron skillet or other weight on top. Let stand for 10 minutes to press out any excess liquid. Cut the tofu crosswise into 6-8 slices and place in a shallow bowl. Whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, grated ginger, garlic cloves, sesame oil and red pepper flakes and pour over the tofu; set aside to marinate for 10-20 minutes, turning once or twice.

Remove the tofu from its marinade and cook on a preheated grill until crisp and char-marked on both sides. (Alternatively, cook in a drizzle of oil in a hot skillet until golden and crisp on both sides.) Serves 2-4.

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