This Easy Marinated Balsamic Tofu is perfect for the Grill Season
I’m always on the hunt for quick weeknight dinners that can be prepared in advance. The last thing you want to do at 5:26pm is decide what you’re making for dinner. This Easy Marinated Balsamic Tofu recipe is prepared almost entirely in advance, taking the guesswork out of your meal planning. Add a couple of easy side dishes, and you have an effortless, yet impressive meal.
Pair this dish with some marinated grilled asparagus and rice salad for an uncomplicated complete meal. Your family will devour it in about the same time it took you to prepare it!
Main ingredient: tofu
There are two categories of tofu – silken or firm. They are both made with fresh curdled soy milk, which is pressed into blocks. The health benefits and nutrients, like extra calcium and protein, remain the same, and both neutral in taste making them versatile bases for flavor. However silken and firm tofu are processed differently, and contain different amounts of water.
Silken tofu is soft and falls apart easily, and is best used in sauces or desserts. Firm tofu, also called regular or Chinese-style tofu, is the more common version and holds its shape much better when cooking. It can be bought at different consistencies like medium, firm, or extra firm. For this recipe I'm using firm or extra-firm.
Dry your tofu out as much as possible by pressing it firmly with a clean towel. This will allow the marinade to penetrate the tofu without being watered down. Add the marinade at least two hours in advance of dinner, or you can place it in the fridge overnight. When you’re ready, put the tofu on the grill for 7-10 minutes per side. The tofu will develop grill marks, and become crispy on the outside.
Tofu has a neutral flavor that easily adopts any seasonings you want to add.
Yes, place the tofu on a baking sheet and cook at 400˚F for 20 minutes
- Pat the tofu dry to remove as much water as possible.
- Cut the Tofu into about ½ inch slices
- Mix the rest of the ingredients to make the marinade
- Coat the tofu well with the marinade and let marinate at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Cook on the BBQ at medium high temperature for 7 to 10 minutes per side.