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Grilled Tofu Recipe: Easy and Delicious Summer Dish

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Scrumptious homemade Grilled Tofu

Grilled tofu is a delicious, plant-based option perfect for any barbecue or dinner. The key is to press the tofu to remove excess water and then marinate it in a mixture of flavors like soy sauce, olive oil, and garlic powder.

By cutting the tofu into thick slices and grilling it until golden brown, you’ll end up with a perfectly crispy and flavorful dish. Pair it with your favorite veggies for a complete meal that’s both healthy and satisfying. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just looking to try something new, this grilled tofu recipe will not disappoint.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)


  • Firm or extra-firm tofu: This type holds its shape well on the grill.
    Possible substitute: Tempeh, which has a nutty flavor and firm texture.


  • Soy sauce: Adds salty and umami flavor.
    Possible substitute: Tamari for a gluten-free option, or coconut aminos for less sodium.
  • Olive oil: Helps the tofu crisp up on the grill.
    Possible substitute: Avocado oil or canola oil.
  • Garlic powder: Adds a nice flavor boost.
    Possible substitute: Minced fresh garlic or garlic salt (reduce additional salt).


  • Paprika: For a smoky, sweet flavor.
    Possible substitute: Smoked paprika for a deeper flavor.
  • Ground coriander: Adds a hint of citrus and spice.
    Possible substitute: Cumin for a more earthy taste.
  • Black pepper: Basic spice for heat.
    Possible substitute: White pepper for a milder touch.

Optional Add-ins

  • Honey or maple syrup: For a touch of sweetness.
    Possible substitute: Agave syrup or brown sugar.
  • Lemon or lime juice: A splash of acidity to balance flavors.
    Possible substitute: Vinegar (apple cider or white wine).

This combination makes your tofu flavorful and ensures it cooks beautifully on the grill.


1. Prepare the Tofu

Start by pressing the tofu to remove excess water. Wrap the tofu block in a dish towel and place it on a plate. Put a heavy object like a pot or books on top. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes.

2. Slice the Tofu

Once the tofu is pressed, slice it. You can cut it into 4 slabs or cubes, depending on your preference.

3. Season the Tofu

Mix the seasoning blend in a bowl. Use 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 3/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Coat each tofu slice evenly with the seasoning.

4. Preheat the Grill

Get your grill ready by preheating it to medium-high heat, about 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. Grill the Tofu

Place the tofu slices on the grill. Cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side, until you get nice grill marks and the tofu is crispy.

6. Optional Herb Sauce

If you like, prepare a herb sauce. Mix together some vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, garlic powder, and salt to taste. Drizzle it over the grilled tofu before serving.

Enjoy your delicious grilled tofu!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Press the Tofu: Before grilling, remove excess water from the tofu. Wrap it in a dish towel and place it under a heavy object like a pot or books.

Use Oil: Oil the grill grates with a paper towel dipped in vegetable oil. It helps prevent sticking and adds flavor.

Cut Thick Slices: Slice the tofu into thick slabs or cubes. Thicker pieces hold together better on the grill.

Marinate Well: Marinate tofu for at least 30 minutes. This allows the flavors to soak in. Popular marinades include soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil.

Preheat the Grill: Make sure your grill is hot. This helps in getting good grill marks and prevents the tofu from sticking.

Flip Gently: Use a thin metal spatula to flip the tofu carefully. This helps prevent breakage.

Storing Leftovers: Place leftover grilled tofu in an airtight container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Reheating Tips: To reheat, use a microwave or warm the tofu in a skillet over medium heat until heated through.

Flavor Boosters: Add a finishing touch with sauces like teriyaki, BBQ, or a sprinkle of sesame seeds for extra flavor.

Press TofuRemoves water, prevents crumbling
Use OilPrevents sticking, enhances flavor
Cut Thick SlicesKeeps tofu intact on grill
MarinateInfuses flavor
Preheat GrillCreates grill marks, prevents sticking
Flip GentlyPrevents breakage
Store LeftoversMaintains freshness
Reheat ProperlyKeeps tofu flavorful
Add Flavor BoostersEnhances taste

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Here are some fun variations and serving ideas for your grilled tofu:

Teriyaki Tofu: Marinate the tofu in teriyaki sauce for a sweet and savory twist. Serve with steamed rice and broccoli.

Spicy Tofu Skewers: Thread tofu cubes onto skewers with bell peppers and onions. Brush with a spicy marinade and grill.

Herb-Crusted Tofu: Coat tofu slices with a mix of herbs like rosemary, thyme, and oregano before grilling. This adds a fresh and aromatic flavor.

BBQ Tofu: Slather tofu in your favorite BBQ sauce before grilling for a smoky, tangy taste. Pairs well with coleslaw and cornbread.

You can serve grilled tofu in many creative ways:

  • Tofu Tacos: Fill soft tortillas with grilled tofu, shredded lettuce, avocado, and salsa.
  • Tofu Sandwiches: Use grilled tofu slices in place of meat for a hearty sandwich. Add lettuce, tomato, and your favorite sauce.
  • Grilled Tofu Salad: Toss mixed greens with grilled tofu, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and a light vinaigrette.
  • On Rice: Serve the tofu on a bed of jasmine or brown rice, topped with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and chopped scallions.

Simplicity is key. Drizzle tofu with a bit of soy sauce, lemon juice, or balsamic glaze before serving for extra flavor.

Using these variations and serving suggestions, you can enjoy grilled tofu in new and delicious ways!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.