Friday, July 29, 2011

Szechwan Style Grilled Tofu

When it comes to tofu, many people hold their nose, even vegetarians. My theory is folks just don't know what to do with it. My first recommendation is to check out good Chinese cookbooks, like this one, or simply browse a decent Asian market and see the diversity of tofu products available. But in the meantime try this recipe and get hooked on the stuff!

This is a great go-to recipe when you want a meatless protein for the grill. It's inexpensive - 5-6 slices per package that for organic tofu probably cost $2.99 - and so so satisfying! Garlic, soy, sesame marinade soaks into the tofu in a flash, grills up to create a crispy crust and then pour extra marinade on top for a delicious finish! Although I didn't picture it, marinading green onions with the tofu and then grilling them is the perfect accompaniment!

Szechwan Style Grilled Tofu

1/2 lb extra firm tofu
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, sliced thinly

Cut tofu in 1/2 inch slices and lay on paper or dish towels to dry. In dish large enough to just accommodate the slices, mix liquid ingredients and garlic and beat with a fork or whisk to blend well. Place tofu slices in sauce and marinate for at least 30 minutes, turning once or twice to ensure even coating. Grill over hot coals until crispy on outside and serve with marinade as sauce if desired.


Recipes currently inspiring me:

Herbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peaches at Simply Recipes
Blueberry, Lime and Thyme Pound Cake Muffins at Eats Well With Others
Seafood Boil at Proud Italian Cook


tori said...

You're completely right. As long as you put some great flavours and add some other textures, tofu is fantastic. Nb, I've just stumbled onto your blog and have spent the most divine hour this afternoon trawling through your archive with a cup of tea. Thank you!

Joanne said...

I actually ADORE tofu. I could totally eat it plain! But I also love it infused with big flavors as well...this sounds delicious!