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Grilled tofu recipe
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5 from 4 votes

Grilled Tofu

It's chillin' and grillin' time! Grilled tofu is a fresh summery meal! The citrus marinade combined with the mango salsa makes this grilled tofu recipe the perfect meal for a spring or summer night.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time31 mins
Course: Entrees
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 100kcal

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces extra firm or sprouted tofu

Citrus Mojo Marinade

  • ½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 8 cloves garlic minced YES 8; this is not a typo
  • 1 Fresno chili pepper sliced thin or 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cumin

Instructions

PRESS AND PREPARE TOFU

  • 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 for about four turns. Finally, I usually place the tofu press in the sink on a plate to drain.
  • Turn the knobs every two minutes equally until you have the result (the last picture).
  • Most people stop here…NOT YET. Keep turning until the knobs are screwed as far as they can almost touch the other end.
    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 ¾ cup fluid.
  • Now, remove the press from the plate, and I give it another press with a paper towel for excess fluid removal.
  • Next, cut tofu into 4 identical slabs.

GRILLED TOFU: (OTHER COOKING OPTION)

  • Preheat the grill to low
  • Place a grill mat on the grill (you can also use a grill pan, or if you are careful, 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

  • Follow the same pressing and marinating process. 
  • Then, preheat the 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 15minutes. 

AIR-FRYING TOFU

  • Follow the same pressing and marinating process. 
  • Set air fryer temperature at 375 degrees
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes, shaking the basket a couple of times through the cooking.

CITRUS MOJO MARINADE

  • Whisk all ingredients together and place in a shallow dish with a sealed cover
  • Add the pressed tofu squared.
  • Seal the top and shake the marinade to cover all the tofu
  • Place in a refrigerator overnight if possible (the minimal time a few hours)
  • I flip the container over every time I enter the fridge to ensure the tofu absorbs the marinade.

Notes

Since I'm a huge salsa fan, I recently started making different Fruit Salsa Recipes to add summer freshness to my recipes. My Watermelon Salsa, for example, brings out incredible flavors of grilled vegetables. 
To enhance the citrus flavors in my grilled tofu recipe, I decided to make a mango salsa recipe with many colors and a hint of spice. So, I gathered my favorite ingredients. As a result, the mango salsa was a huge success. 

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg