Let’s face it: if you don’t enjoy some grilled food during the fleeting late spring, you are totally missing out. And even if you are a committed vegan or a plant-based eater you should not stay grill deprived.
I’ve already showed you how to make phenomenal grilled portobello mushroom steaks, and flavorful grilled eggplant. Today is the day when we cross the Rubicon of vegan grilling with a Grilled Tofu recipe. Trust me: once you try it, you will not be going back!
Before I dive into the details, I have to give credit where credit is due. In this case it all comes down to a fabulous Tofu Bacon recipe developed by The Buddhist Chef. I made that bacon quite a few times and it is absolutely amazing. That recipe inspired me to look for other ways to cook tofu and get it taste and look in a way you would never expect. So here I decided to see whether I can optimize tofu for grilling.
What I discovered is that for successful grilled tofu you do need to cut thicker slices, so I recommend slices that are about 1/2 in (1.5 cm) in thickness. What you’ll need to do is start from extra firm tofu and drain it really well. I left my block of tofu in a strainer and put a heavy can on top to help the draining. Let it sit for one to two hours then pat dry and slice.
The sliced tofu goes into a marinade, and this is a critical step because no matter how good your grilling skills are, tofu is so subtle tasting that grilling it as is will not produce a rich flavor. The marinade I use builds on the Tofu Bacon recipe by using liquid smoke, smoked paprika, chili powder, and cumin, which all work together towards giving tofu the extra smoky aroma. You will need a bit of oil in this marinade, as well as a bit of steak sauce or vegan Worcestershire sauce. Let the tofu marinate for about an hour, then grill it on high and enjoy with your favorite add-ons.
On this occasion I went with a simple steamed corn on the cob, toasted bread, and vegan spicy cole slaw. For this cole slaw you can use any vegan mayo you like, including store bought one. I recommend adding some ground mustard for extra punch. The cole slaw and grilled tofu work incredibly well – they are match made in heaven!
Grilled Tofu Sandwich with Spicy Cole Slaw
What you’ll need:
FOR GRILLED TOFU
14 oz. (400 g) extra firm tofu
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
Vegetable oil (to oil grill grates)
For Spicy Cole Slaw
16 oz (454 g) bag of Cole Slaw mix (or 2 cups shredded green cabbage plus 1 cup shredded carrots)
1/2 cup vegan mayo
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons ground mustard seeds
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
What you’ll do:
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