Tofu is such an incredible ingredient… Completely animal-product and cruelty-free, this unassuming block of white soya is the perfect receptacle for absorbing delicious flavors and can be transformed to take on the properties of almost anything you put with it.

Whether you want crispy tofu, a soft and chewy delicacy, or almost anything else: properly prepared tofu is limitless!

Here are three of the most delicious and (more importantly) easy marinated tofu recipes we can find so you can create delicious vegan meals in the blink of an eye!

Easy Marinated Tofu Recipe

1. Sesame, Soy, and Ginger

Marinated in plenty of soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and more, this delicious Asian-inspired tofu marinade doesn’t even need to be cooked! This marinade can be created in minutes and guarantees an incredible flavor every time.

Ingredients 

  • 12-16oz block of extra-firm tofu
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tsp gochujang sauce 
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp green onion, minced

Method

  1. Remove tofu from the packaging and drain any excess liquid before cutting the block in half lengthways.
  2. Place the tofu in a tofu press (like this one by Tofubud)or use a DIY method of tofu pressing. 
  3. Once your tofu has been thoroughly pressed, and no excess liquid remains, cut each block into 16 evenly sized pieces: 32 squares in total.
  4. Mix together all the other ingredients in a bowl.
  5. Add the tofu to your bowl of marinade and gently toss to ensure each piece is completely coated.
  6. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 5 days, stirring gently before serving.

2. Cider, soy, and cayenne

This simple yet effective tofu marinate recipe uses just 8 ingredients and is ready in as little as 20 minutes!

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Ingredients

  • 10oz firm tofu, pressed and diced
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Method

  1. Press your tofu until there is no liquid remaining, then dice into cubes.
  2. Mix the water, tamari or soy, vinegar, syrup, garlic, and cayenne powder together in a baking dish or mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add your pressed and diced tofu to the marinade, tossing to coat.
  4. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. The longer you marinate, the more powerful the flavor will be.
  5. Strain the tofu and reserve the liquid for later.
  6. Sautee your tofu in a frying pan; you can use a splash of olive oil if you like. Cook until the tofu turns golden brown.
  7. In the meantime, add the cornstarch to the remaining marinade liquid and mix together.
  8. Pour the marinade and cornstarch blend into the frying pan and cook until the sauce thickens.
  9. Serve with chopped chives to garnish or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 5 days.

3. Simple Tofu Marinate

This incredibly quick and easy marinate uses everyday pantry ingredients to create versatile and flavourful tofu that perfectly fits any dish! Try it with rice, noodles, or even in sandwiches or salads!

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Ingredients 

  • 16oz extra-firm tofu
  • 4 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated OR ½ tsp dried ginger
  • 2-3 tbsp natural oil (for example, canola or olive)

Method

  1. Cut the tofu into small squares and press for approximately 15 minutes or until no liquid remains.
  2. While your tofu presses, prepare the marinade by combining the soy sauce, vinegar, syrup, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic in a small bowl.
  3. Place your pressed tofu in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over the top.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  5. Drain the tofu pieces and reserve the marinade sauce for later.
  6. Fry the tofu until golden brown, then pour the leftover marinade sauce into the frying pan.
  7. Toss to combine and allow the tofu to absorb the sauce.
  8. Store any leftovers for up to 4 days.

Tofu Marinate Top Tips

Tofu is an incredibly versatile and delicious ingredient, particularly for vegan cooking. Prepare it correctly, and you’ve got an incredibly flavorful protein, but forget to press the liquid out or rush the marinading process, and you’ll just be setting yourself up for disappointment!

Be patient with your tofu and give it plenty of time to marinate (the longer you allow the tofu to marinate, the more flavor will be absorbed) for incredible dishes that are sure to impress.

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