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. Tofu satay, for instance, is one of my favorite tofu recipes!
HOW TO KNOW WHAT TOFU TO BUY FOR TOFU SATAY
Since then, of course, I have learned a thing or two. First, and foremost, the type of tofu you buy 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.
TOFU SATAY MARINADE FOR GRILLING AND DIPPING
Once the tofu is pressed and cut into 1/2 inch sticks, I place them in a lite peanut marinade overnight. Despite my preference to marinate overnight, I suggest at least a couple of hours.
So, the marinade soaks into all the tofu, pour a small amount of marinade in the bottom of the container, then layer tofu, and repeat.
Next, place it in the refrigerator and let it soak for as long as you can. When it is time to grill, simply remove each piece of tofu and gently insert a stick.
Also, I also keep the extra marinade and place the tofu back in the container to get the extra sauce, or set aside to use later.
Again, tofu satay can be served hot, right off the grill, or cold!
GRILLING TIP FOR VEGAN KABOBS AND TOFU SATAY
If using wooden grill sticks when grilling tofu satay or any kabob, be sure to soak your sticks in water.
For example, I soak my grill sticks for at least an hour before I plan to use them. Then, right before grilling, I remove them from the water. As a result, the tofu, or any food, slides right off the stick without breaking apart.
And, it prevents anyone from eating a sliver of wood as well.
GRILLING INSTRUCTIONS FOR TOFU SATAY
Although tofu can be baked, sauteed or air-fried, for this tofu satay recipe, I grilled my tofu.
But, if you wish to choose a different way, click this link to help Pressed Tofu for Grilling, Baking, Air-frying or Cooking in a Skillet.
As a rule, my favorite method of cooking tofu is using the grill. Without a doubt, I love the grill lines and the deep flavors of grilled tofu.
In order to grill the perfect tofu on the grill, first, pre-heat the grill to medium or 400 degrees. Then, arrange the tofu directly on the grill for a total of 20 minutes, flipping four times to get the pretty grill marks.
TOFU SATAY RECIPE CAN BE USED DIFFERENT WAYS
Without a doubt, I love a recipe I can use for different dishes and in versatile ways. Tofu satay recipe, for instance, can simply be served with a side of peanut sauce for dipping.
Or, tofu satay added to a favorite salad, or noodle bowl works as well. Because I prepared a fabulous zucchini slaw salad, I decided to use the tofu satay as my protein for my salad.
Of course, tofu satay can be added to any of these dishes as well:
- Grilled Asian Sesame Tofu with Vegetable Slaw
- Spicy Tofu Asian Salad
- Kale Asian Pasta Salad
- Yum Yum Noodles
- Vegan Spicy Thai Drunken Noodles
- Vegan Zoodle Pad Thai
TOFU SATAY MARINADE IS ALSO THE DRESSING
Since I marinaded the tofu first, I reserved half to use as a dip, or in this instance a dressing.
Subsequently, with very few ingredients, you can make a great marinade and dressing. All you need is a high-speed blender and common ingredients in your pantry:
- Homemade Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
- Lime Juice
- Rice vinegar
- Low Sodium Soy Sauce or Tamari
- Pure Maple Syrup or agave nectar
- Fresh Ginger Root
- Red Pepper Flakes
Regardless of how you choose to serve tofu satay, I promise you won’t be disappointed in the results.
If you love grilled tofu as I do, give these grilled tofu recipes a try:
- Lemongrass Tofu Recipe
- Grilled Maple & Stone Ground Mustard Tofu
- Teriyaki Tofu
- Pressed Tofu for Grilling, Baking, Air-frying or Cooking in a Skillet