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Grilled Tofu with Vegetables

Posted by Hilary on March 20, 2010

In celebration of impending spring, and in the spirit of Katie’s tofu article, here’s how Kelly and I grill out tasty vegan fare.

1. You must use extra firm tofu. I recommend buying organic in this case, as GMO soybeans have taken over zee world (i.e. “roundup ready soybeans”), but this works well with any extra firm tofu.

2. Drain the block of tofu and slice it into about 6 slices. Lay a clean dishtowel on the counter or on a cutting board, then put the slices in a single layer on the towel, and cover them with another clean dishtowel. On top of all of this put a baking sheet or large cutting board, and on top of that put some weight (we’ve used hand weights, a couple gallons of water, jars/cans of food, heavy books, etc.) The idea is to press as much water out of the tofu as possible. Leave the tofu to be pressed for 30 minutes.

2. The next thing you need is a marinade. There are a ton of store bought marinades available, although making your own is laudable as well. We tend to buy the LaChoy Garlic Ginger marinade and add a small can of pineapple juice to it.

3. Once your tofu is pressed, submerge it in the marinade. Getting all that water out of the tofu will allow it to soak up the marinade more readily. Allow it to marinate for about 30 minutes.

4. Along with the tofu we usually grill a red onion (sliced), red/orange/yellow peppers, and pineapple. Pineapple is conspicuously absent here, since getting good pineapple this time of the year in Idaho is not easy or cheap. Generally, in the summer, we buy a whole pineapple and grill about half of it (in big slices).

5. Grill! Use the marinade to brush on the veggies and tofu throughout grilling. Serve with rice (jasmine rice, white or brown).

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2 Responses to “Grilled Tofu with Vegetables”

  1. kathleenerindavis said

    in this picture it looks like you “grilled” in the oven. It’s not quite outside grilling weather yet..does it work in the oven? Would I just turn it to “broil”?

    • Hilary said

      Nope, we grilled on a grill. I just transferred to the toaster oven to keep the food warm while Kelly grilled meat. You could bake the tofu in the oven after marinating, but I wouldn’t broil (I think it might burn then).

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