Easy Tofu Marinade Recipes

You think tofu is boring and features a plain taste? Then do this tofu marinade! It’s super easy to form and it’s full of flavor. I really like serving my marinated tofu over rice and don’t forget to top it off with some green onions and a touch of sriracha.

When I first tried tofu years ago, I wasn’t too impressed! It didn’t taste like much and that i thought I definitely don’t need it in my life. Boy, was I wrong! When prepared the proper way, tofu is super versatile and it’s so delicious! My easy tofu marinade makes tofu a true star in your kitchen!

Easy Tofu Marinade Recipes
Easy Tofu Marinade Recipes

To make marinated tofu, you ought to use firm or extra-firm tofu. it's already been pressed enough to carry its shape fairly well once you pip out .

Please don't use soft or silken tofu for this recipe. It'll disintegrate when pressing. Unlike firm tofu, soft or “silken” tofu is typically used for vegan sauces or mousses that are blended.

Easy Tofu Marinade Recipes

  • 14 oz firm or extra-firm tofu
For the tofu marinade:
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • red pepper flakes
  1. Start by pressing your tofu. Remove the tofu from the packaging.Then wrap it with a clean dishtowel. Alternatively, you could also use paper towels.
  2. Cover with a baking sheet and then place something heavy on top. I usually use a stack of cookbooks. But you could also use cans of beans, a cast iron skillet, or smaller weights you use for weight lifting exercises. 
  3. Let it press for about 10-15 minutes. 
  4. In the meantime, make the tofu marinade. 
  5. Cut the garlic and the ginger into thin slices. In an airtight container or a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and whisk well. 
  6. After the tofu has been pressed for about 10-15 minutes, cut it into cubes.  Then add it to the tofu marinade and carefully stir with a spoon until all of the tofu cubes are covered. 
  7. Cover the container and store it in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours. If you have enough time, I recommend letting the tofu marinate overnight. This way it will be even more flavorful. 
  8. To pan-fry the marinated tofu:
  9. Heat some oil in a frying pan or in a cast iron skillet.Add the marinated tofu, but leave the rest of the tofu marinade behind (you can use it later if you want). Fry the tofu until golden brown. 
  10. How to bake the marinated tofu:
  11. Preheat your oven to 350 °F. After the tofu has been marinated for at least 1-2 hours, place it in a bowl leaving the remaining tofu marinade behind.
  12. Add two tablespoons of corn starch (for 14 ounces of tofu). Make sure all cubes are covered in corn starch. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the tofu cubes on top.
  13. Bake for 25 minutes, tossing halfway. 
  14. Serve over brown rice and sprinkle with chopped green onions. I also like to add a bit of sriracha on top. 

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