I love tofu, and what do I love more than tofu? Grilled tofu! Summertime is grill time, so I fired up the grill for some fresh grilled orange tofu recipe. This week, at the farmer's market, the oranges were too beautiful to ignore. As a saucy girl, I much prefer homemade orange sauce as opposed to a jar or bottle version with a bunch of unnecessary sugar. So, when the farm market's oranges call out, I make orange tofu.
What is my secret to my orange tofu recipe? As with all tofu recipes, it is all about preparing the tofu correctly. If you are new to cooking with tofu, it is extremely important to not only understand the different types of tofu but also how to press it correctly.
When cooked the right way, tofu is a vegan delicacy! With the right marinade and cooking technique, you can turn tofu into any main or side dish. I, for example, think tofu is like a sponge. Not only does it absorb flavors, but it can also be cooked in a variety of ways. Orange tofu recipe, for instance, is one of my favorite tofu recipes!
HOW TO KNOW WHAT TYPE OF TOFU TO BUY FOR GRILLED TOFU
Since then, of course, I have learned a thing or two. The type of tofu you buy, for instance, is extremely important. For instance, soft tofu is used for dressing, dips, and sauces.
Extra-firm tofu, the other hand, is made for entrees and can be baked, air-fried, grilled, or sauteed. As a general rule, I always buy the firmest tofu I can find.
Additionally, sprouted tofu is the firmest tofu, and it does not require pressing. To be honest, this one is my favorite, simply because I don’t have to press it. I just use a paper towel to dry it off, and it’s ready to go.
For years I avoided eating tofu. Every time I made tofu, I ended up moving it to the side of the plate, because it was either fried or mushy. Most restaurants fry it, which doesn’t interest me, and those who bake and grill it seemed to have the same issues I did; soft tasteless tofu.
Then, I figured it out with the help of my EZ Tofu Press. I bought it on Amazon, and in the beginning, I made the same mistakes. I didn’t follow the directions ( a problem I have haha); I was in a hurry as I usually am, and I got the same results….tasteless tofu I didn’t like.
I have many friends who share the same frustration, and although I have posted recipes with similar instructions, this post is literally all about the proper pressing and cooking, so you can enjoy tofu as much as I do.
HOW TO PRESS TOFU FOR ORANGE TOFU RECIPE
First, carefully remove the tofu from the package, discarding the fluid from the package.
Then, place the tofu in the middle of the press and turn both knobs equally about four turns. I usually place the tofu press in the sink on its side, but for this visual post, I placed it on a plate to drain.
- Turn the knobs every two minutes, equally until you have the end result (the last picture).
- Most people stop here…NOT YET. Keep turning until the knobs are screwed as far as they can to almost touch the end like this:
- Although I have never tried this, I decided this time, I would measure the amount of water I got from the bottom of the plate at the end.
- The amount was 3/4 cup fluid
- Now, remove the press from the plate, and I give it another press with some paper towel for excess fluid removal.
- Next, cut tofu into 4 identical slabs
THE SECRET TO PERFECT GRILLED TOFU IS THE MARINATE
Making a great marinade, for example, is the secret to fabulous grilled tofu. For this recipe, for instance, I chose to make a fresh orange marinade and sauce. Of course, if you can squeeze fresh juice, rather than using bottled juice, always use fresh fruit.
Another suggestion is to allow the tofu to marinate overnight to absorb all the flavors from the marinade.
ORANGE MARINADE AND SAUCE FOR ORANGE TOFU RECIPE
- Rice vinegar
- soy sauce
- Fresh ginger
- Arrow root powder
Even though I prefer grilled tofu, not everyone has a grill or the climate to grill outdoors. For that reason, other cooking options are available, so you don't miss out on this fabulous orange tofu recipe.
- Preheat the grill to low
- Place a grill mat on the grill (you can also use a grill pan, or if you are careful, you can place the tofu directly on the grill.
- Cook for about 8 minutes on each side
- Remove from the grill and place back in the marinade until ready to use.
- Then, cut it into strips or cubes
BAKING TOFU IS JUST AS EASY
- Simply follow the same pressing and marinating process.
- Then, preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Place cut or uncut tofu on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper
- Cook for 15 minutes
- Remove from oven and flip tofu over; cook for an additional 15 minutes.
- Simply follow the same pressing and marinating process.
- Set air fryer temperature at 375 degrees
- Cook 10-15 minutes, shaking the basket a couple of times through the cooking process.
Although I love grilled tofu on its own, I love adding bright stir-fried vegetables and quinoa! The orange marinade, for instance, pairs perfectly with stir-fried vegetables and red quinoa.
STIR-FRIED VEGETABLES AND QUINOA FOR ORANGE TOFU RECIPE
Even though I chose to add red quinoa to the center of my bowl, get rice, farro, or any type of grain could be replaced. Or, the vegetables and tofu make a great bowl on their own.
Since the orange marinade and sauce have Asian flavors, I chose vegetables to compliment those flavors.
- White Onion
- Red Bell Pepper
- Pea Pods
- Bok Choy
- Purple Cabbage
In order to stir-fry the vegetables correctly, I cook them in a particular order, so the vegetables are cooked perfectly.
Using a wok, begin cooking the mushrooms and onions until the onions are translucent and the mushrooms are browned.
Then, add the red bell peppers and pea pods and continue cooking. At this point, you can add 1/4 cup of the orange sauce. Next, add the bok choy and purple cabbage. Once the bok choy and purple cabbage begin to wilt, it is time to assemble the bowls.
- Place a half a cup of quinoa in the center of each bowl
- Surround with stir-fried vegetables
- Add grilled orange tofu to the top
- Drizzle with orange tofu sauce
Not only is orange tofu recipe one of my favorites, but this recipe is also a powerhouse of nutrition with quinoa, and a rainbow of vegetables.
IF YOU ARE A TOFU LOVER LIKE ME, CHECK OUT THESE TOFU RECIPES
- Tofu Skewers
- Grilled Tofu
- Jerk Tofu
- BBQ Tofu
- Tofu Banh Mi
- Tofu Feta Cheese
- Grilled Maple Stone Ground Mustard Tofu
- Grilled Asian Sesame Tofu with Vegetable Slaw
- Lemongrass Tofu Recipe
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂