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6 gallon baggies filled with tofu cubes and varies flavors and colors of tofu marinade

Tofu Marinade (6 ways!)


  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

See how easy it is to make TRULY delicious tofu by marinating it using one of my 6 delicious tofu marinades!


Ingredients

Scale

Cilantro Lime marinade:

  • 14-16 ounce block of tofu
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 ½  tablespoons maple syrup/ honey
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

BBQ marinade:

  • 14-16 ounce block of tofu
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup favorite BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Dash of liquid smoke (optional)

Teriyaki marinade:

  • 14-16 ounce block of tofu
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of  fresh grated ginger 
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup 
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

Balsamic marinade:

  • 14-16 ounce block of tofu
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil 
  • 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt 

Fajita marinade:

  • 14-16 ounce block of tofu
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil 
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 12 tablespoons chili powder
  • Optional: dash of liquid smoke

Thia Peanut marinade:

  • 1416 ounce block of tofu
  • ¼ cup of peanut butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of maple syrup
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons of  fresh grated ginger

Instructions

  1. Prep your tofu: Follow my instructions HERE for pressing tofu and cut it into your desired shapes. I like to cube mine into bite sized pieces but really anything works! Set side.
  2. Make the marinade: I like to whisk together my marinade directly in the dish/ bag that I plan to marinate the tofu in. A plastic baggie, stasher bag, or really any kind of shallow resealable container works well. Add all of the ingredients (minus the tofu) and whisk until fully combined.
  3. Add the tofu: add in your tofu pieces and let marinate for 30 minutes or even overnight. See notes above for freezing. Ideally this will marinate for a good few hours but even just 30 minutes makes a big difference.
  4. Cook as desired and ENJOY! As desired, you can use the leftover marinade to make a sauce for your tofu (this works with all of the marinades EXCEPT the peanut marinade). Add it into a saucepan with a cornstarch slurry (2 tablespoons of water + 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch) and cook over medium heat until thickened (about 3-5 minutes). It makes for a great sauce to put on top of the tofu!
  • Category: Tofu
  • Method: Marinade
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: tofu marinade, how to marinade tofu, flavorful tofu