Easy Tofu Marinade

The secret to making delicious tofu is a good marinade. These three tofu marinades are so easy and perfect for grilling, baking, or pan frying.
cilantro lime tofu

It took me a LONG time to come around to the idea of eating tofu. Something about the texture and bland taste was off-putting, but the key to making it delicious is using an easy tofu marinade.

So fire up the grill because you’ll be making these all summer long!

Key Ingredients for marinades:

Tofu soaks up flavor like a sponge. For something that literally tastes like nothing, a simple marinade can turn tofu from drab to fab in 15 minutes. A typical marinade is made up of three essential components: acid, fat, and seasoning.

  • Acid: lemon, lime, vinegars, and citrus will absorb flavor and retain the natural juices.
  • Fat: olive oil, sesame oil, avocado oil, canola oil are used to prevent moisture loss.
  • Seasoning: herbs and spices, salt, sugar, garlic, shallots, etc. will infuse flavor.

Best tofu for grilling

Extra-firm tofu is a great choice for marinating and cooking. It’s firm, yet porous enough to soak up a lot of flavor. You will need to press it before marinating – and no, you don’t need a tofu press! Then let it soak for at least 15 minutes before cooking.

How to press tofu:

  • Drain the liquid and give the tofu a little squeeze. 
  • Place tofu between two dish towels.
  • Press it by using a tofu press or a flat, heavy object (books, cutting boards, plates).
  • Sit for at least 30 minutes. 
  • Pat it dry and you’re ready to go!

Three Easy tofu marinades

Tofu is so versatile. You can experiment with a variety of flavors and incorporate it into almost any dish. These foolproof marinades will blow your MF socks off… and are just as delicious as a marinade for meat.

three tofu marinades

Cilantro Lime

  • Fresh cilantro
  • Olive oil
  • Lime juice
  • Honey
  • Fresh garlic
  • Salt & pepper

Fajita

  • Olive oil
  • Lime juice
  • Maple syrup
  • Ground cumin
  • Smoked paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Fresh garlic
  • Salt

Honey Balsamic

  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Honey
  • Fresh garlic
  • Salt

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cilantro lime tofu

Easy Tofu Marinade

The secret to making delicious tofu is a good marinade. These three tofu marinades are so easy and perfect for grilling, baking, or pan frying.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Author Kelsey Sackmann

Ingredients

  • 1 block extra-firm tofu

Cilantro Lime:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

Fajita:

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1-2 tbsp chili powder

Honey Balsamic:

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice (optional)

Instructions

  • Press the tofu for about 30 minutes or until completely drained. Cut it into your desired cubes or strips.
  • In a small bowl, add all the marinade ingredients and whisk until fully combined. Add the tofu and marinade for at least 15 minutes or even overnight.
  • Grill, bake, or pan fry until golden and crispy!
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