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Feb 9, 2005 11:27 AM

marinated tofu recipe needed

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Anyone have a good marinade for tofu? I'm trying to eat more of it and to get my son more into it... both of us prefer our tofu with some flavor, instead of plain. I'm looking for something easy I can throw together and keep in the fridge for a quick protein burst or to top a salad.


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  1. I haven't marinated tofu myself, but would you be interested in a vegetarian meatloaf made mostly of tofu? It's surprisingly good alone, with mashed potatoes, or in a sandwich. I'll post the recipe if you like, or you can search this board. I posted it about a week ago.

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    1. re: nooodles

      Noodles- would you mind re-posting? I did a search but couldn't find that post, and it sounds good! Thanks!

      1. re: Weiszguy

        The link below is to a recipe used by Sri Chinmoy's restaurants, including Ananda Fuara in San Francisco.

        Changes I've made and that have worked include:

        -adding a cup of cooked,drained, and squeezed spinach
        -not adding brown rice but upping the tofu/cereal
        -using onion powder instead of lipton's (which I find gross). I also halve the suggested amt. of powder
        -using more fresh onions and not adding any powder

        The recipe is very forgiving. If you tweak it here and there the end result is fine. Just remember to keep the egg/tofu amount high, since that's what keeps the whole loaf together. Otherwise, you'll have a tofu scramble instead (but it will probably be tasty). Post back and let us know what you think!


    2. This isn't really a marinade but its quick and easy. I usually buy the firm tofu and when I'm ready to eat it, slice it into pieces and sprinkle just a bit of soy sauce or magi on top (a little goes a long way) and top it off with some of the seaweed/seasoning/rice cracker stuff in the jars (you can find it in the seaweed asile at asian Japanese friends sprinkle it on rice but I think it adds a little extra flavor to the tofu). Linked below.


      1. Also not a marinade, but frequently I'll just top a block of tofu with grated ginger, chopped scallions, and shaved bonito. Sprinkle a little soy sauce on top, and eat it accompanied with a bowl of rice or two. Now, I serve this as an appetizer course for a family meal, but when I was single, a block of tofu, a pot of rice, and a cold beer made a complete dinner!

        1. Tamari, sesame oil, ginger and garlic. Fry it up with peppers and onions.

          1. use extra firm tofu and cut into bite size pieces. (the smaller the pieces, the more flavoring).
            My normal marinade changes depending on my mood and what I have in the house, but the basic is soy sauce, a little bit of honey (mix it into some warm water), and minced garlic. you could add shallots, or replace the honey with mirin. add water to cover the tofu and let marinate for at least an hour. You can eat it straight out of the fridge or stir fry it with mushrooms and sugar snap peas.

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            1. re: Tamar G

              oh yes- a little sesame oil