Garlic Grilled Tofu? Some of our most strident fans of this website are scoffing right now. And while I realize that some of you would rather eat a couch cushion than eat tofu, I also think you should take a second look at this. I’m the biggest carnivore there is, but the reality is, by being so, I open myself up to all sorts of health risks. I’m never going to a complete plant based, vegetarian or a vegan diet, but I definitely see the benefit of eating more foods like tofu. I could use more plants and fiber in my diet the older I get. That and StlVegGirl has been asking me for close to two years to grill some tofu:
And this isn’t just any tofu. It’s Mofu, as in tofu made locally right here in Missouri. I love using local products as much as possible. We all should do a lot more of that.
Garlic Grilled Tofu Ingredients:
16 oz extra firm Mofu (sliced into four portions)
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp garlic infused olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp white pepper
Place all ingredients into a resealable plastic bag and marinate over night. I didn’t carve the block of tofu I used in this before marinating because I wanted you to see that there is little penetration of the marinade into the tofu itself. I was worried about over penetration when I started this process, but it turns out there was little penetration, which is fine as there isn’t much penetration when marinating meat either. As you can see, the middle is still lily white:
Next, prepare the grill for two zone grilling with coals on one side and nothing on the other. Target temperature inside the grill is 300 degrees. I tossed a chunk of peach wood onto the coals and the Mofu/tofu onto the side with no heat:
Remember to buy extra firm Mofu or your brand of tofu or you’ll make a mess in a minute when it falls apart.
At the 15 minute mark there is some nice browning and the tofu is already picking up some smoke flavor:
At the 30 minute mark, it is roasting up nicely:
Now that we have some smoke flavor infused into the Mofu, time to see if we can put some grill marks on it, so over to the hot side of the grill:
It takes a little longer to get good grill marks on tofu than on a steak, which was not something I expected. I was checking this every 30 seconds, expecting it to char really fast. I believe I let it sear for about 4-5 minutes before rotating and searing for another 4-5 before flipping over and repeating the process on the other side. I removed the garlic grilled tofu from the grill and plated it:
And here is the Mofu/tofu sliced:
But now we get down to the brass tacks. How was it? The garlic grilled tofu had a nice smoky flavor and there was a wonderful flavor crust, just like I would want in reverse seared steak or pork chop. The consistency of the inside of the tofu is sort of like an extremely hearty egg casserole. I enjoyed it. I ate two of these that day and one more when I made them again on a local TV news show the following Saturday.
As a bonus, you can sear the other two sides, putting grill marks on all four long sides. It will actually concentrate the flavor of the tofu by drawing more moisture out.
If you’re a hard core carnivore, I doubt you’ve gotten this far. For you plant based/vegetarian/vegan peeps out there, I’m guessing you’re still with me. I hope you like this recipe. I’m in the carnivore camp, and I enjoyed it. Here are more grilled vegetarian or vegan recipes.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below or shoot me an email. I’m particularly interested in any tips or tricks from the vegans out there on grilling as I plan on doing more vegetarian or vegan stuff, but I need some inspiration.
Garlic Grilled Tofu
- 16 oz Mofu divided into four portions
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp garlic infused olive oil
- 2 clove garlic minced
- ½ tsp white pepper
- Combine all the ingredients in a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate overnight
- The following day, remove from the marinade and prepare the grill
- We're going for two zone grilling with coals and smoke wood (peach) on one side and nothing on the other
- Target temperature inside the grill is 300 degrees
- Place the Mofu on the side with no heat and close the lid
- After 30 minutes of smoke, place on the side with the coals and sear for 4-5 minutes
- Once grill marks appear, rotate 45 degrees and sear another 4-5 minutes
- Flip over and repeat on the other side
- If you wish, you can sear on the other two sides as well
- Remove from the grill and serve