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No matter your culinary orientation, having a vegetarian recipe on hand is like stocking vermouth in the liquor cabinet. It may be seldomly used or frequently tapped, but a good host knows that being prepared for his guests means anticipating a range of requests, whether they be meatless or martini.
The cookout-friendly grilled tofu recipe below is not only easy for the uninitiated, but it can also be made under the broiler for year-round application. Keep the following tips in mind and soon you'll be grilling tofu at every barbecue -- and seeing it on every plate.
Tips for Grilling Tofu
- Use extra-firm tofu -- anything softer won't hold up to the direct heat of the grill.
- Marinate tofu for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
- Pat dry marinated tofu before placing it on a lightly oiled grill. Both of these steps will help prevent the tofu from sticking to the grates.
- Cook tofu over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes on each side to heat through and form distinct grill marks.
- Unlike animal proteins, tofu does not need to rest after cooking; it can be served immediately.
- Serve grilled tofu in sandwiches, wraps, or over grain or vegetable salads.
Grilled Teriyaki Tofu by Whole Foods Market
1/4 cup low-sodium tamari
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
Olive oil cooking spray
1 (14-ounce) package extra-firm tofu, drained and patted dry, cut crosswise into 8 slices
- In a wide, shallow dish, whisk together tamari, sesame oil, honey, rice vinegar, ginger and garlic. Add tofu, turn to coat all over, cover and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- Pat tofu dry, then oil lightly with cooking spray. Grill over medium-high heat or broil on a foil-lined baking sheet until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes on each side.