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Jun 8, 2010 07:39 PM

Looking for more grilled tofu ideas

I am a notorious tofu hater, but recently grilled some tofu kebabs with peanut sauce and actually loved it. Wondering what other sauces might be good on grilled tofu. Barbecue sauce....what else?

Here's the recipe for the tofu kebabs. Loosely based on a recipe from Diana Shaw's Essential Vegetarian cookbook. I've never used that cookbook much, but this recipe was great.

Tofu Vegetable Kebabs with Peanut Sauce

1/2 c. smooth, unsalted peanut butter
1/2 c. hot water
2 T. reduced sodium tamari, or soy sauce
2 T. mirin (sweet Japanese cooking wine, available in most supermarkets)
2 t. sesame oil
1/4 t. red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
14 oz. extra firm tofu, cubed
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 small zucchini, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 medium onion, quartered and cut into chunks
8 oz. mushrooms, quartered (or halved if small)

Soak 10 bamboo skewers in water for 20-30 minutes. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl and stir until the peanut butter is mixed in. Place the cubed tofu in the sauce and marinate for 20 minutes. Remove the tofu from the sauce, then thread the tofu and vegetables onto the skewers. Start a fire in your grill. When the coals are nice and hot, grill the skewers for 7-10 minutes, turning several times and brushing liberally with the peanut sauce. Drizzle any additional sauce over the skewers just before serving.

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  1. There's a good recipe on epicurious for a "grilled veggie and tofu stack" - it's tofu cut into big slabs (and other veggies like eggplant, zucchini, red onion, etc. cut into planks) and tossed in a mixture of balsamic, olive oil, garlic, and mint. It's really easy and really tasty - makes a great sandwich in ciabatta too!

    1. try marinating in pesto or ponzu sauce!

      1. unfortunately i posted this to your duplicate post so the mods removed it. let's try again...

        back in my soy-eating days, i used to marinate tofu in rice wine vinegar, soy (or tamari), garlic, scallion and ginger, and brush with a glaze of sesame oil, wasabi & honey before grilling. garnish with toasted sesame seeds, and serve with grilled baby bok choy.

        you're also really missing out if you've never had tofu dengaku. i have to stick with nasu (eggplant) dengaku these days, but the sauce/glaze is the same:

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I marinate tofu in similar asian style mixture.

          Another good marinade- lemon juice, fresh chopped herbs, splash of red wine vinegar, olive oil

          Usually I bake my tofu, rather than grill it. No cleanup-- I line a pyrex with foil and dump the tofu and a bit of marinade in it and bake for 40 minutes.

        2. Cooking Light had a whole section on this recently (maybe Fall of 2009?).

          1. Do a search in Chow for "how to roast tofu". Very short video, but it might give you some ideas.