In the realm of vegetarian delights, Pan Grilled Tofu with Balsamic stands out as a scrumptious and healthy option. Tofu, known for its versatility, combines seamlessly with the rich and tangy notes of balsamic, creating a dish that tantalizes taste buds. The key to the flavor is with the Tofu Balsamic Marinade.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Extra firm tofu
- Balsamic vinegar
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Soy sauce or tamari
- Maple syrup (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Substitutions: Feel free to experiment with alternative oils or sweeteners to suit your taste.
To prepare this delectable dish, you’ll need:
- A shallow dish for the Tofu Balsamic Marinade
- Cast Iron, Grill, or grill pan
These tools ensure a seamless cooking process.
How To Make This Recipe
Preparation: Cut the drained and pressed tofu into 8 equal slices.
Tofu Balsamic Marinade
Tofu Balsamic Marinade: Mix balsamic, olive oil, soy sauce, maple syrup, salt, and pepper in a dish. Marinate tofu for 10-30 mins, flipping halfway.
Grilling: Preheat the grill to medium. Grill tofu for 3-4 mins per side.
Finishing Touch: Drizzle the remaining marinade on the cooked tofu. Serve on your favorite salad, wrap, or with a dipping sauce.
Tips & Tricks
- Ensure thorough Tofu Balsamic Marinade for enhanced flavor.
- Use a cast iron grill pan for indoor grilling.
- Save some marinade for a flavorful finishing touch.
Why Choose Pan Grilled Tofu?
Pan-grilling adds a delightful char and smokiness to the tofu, enhancing its texture and taste. It’s a quick and efficient method that suits various culinary preferences. The Tofu Balsamic Marinade adds depth to the flavor of this recipe.
While balsamic vinegar adds a distinct flavor, you can experiment with red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar for a unique twist.
Pressing tofu removes excess water, allowing it to absorb marinades better. It contributes to a firmer texture.
Absolutely! A regular grill or even a grill pan on the stove works well. Adapt based on your kitchen setup.
Leftover pan-grilled tofu can be stored for up to 3 days in the refrigerator for optimal freshness.
Balsamic Pan Grilled Tofu With Tofu Balsamic Marinade
- 1 block extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
- 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cut the drained and pressed tofu into 8 equal slices.
- In a shallow dish, mix together balsamic, olive oil, soy sauce, maple syrup salt and pepper. Add tofu in and allow to marinate for 10-30 mins, flipping tofu halfway.
- Preheat grill to medium then grill 3-4 mins per side. (I grilled mine on a cast iron grill pan on the stove)
- Drizzle any remaining marinade on top of cooked tofu, and serve on top of your favourite salad, wrap, or with your favourite dipping sauce. Enjoy!
Conclusion: Pan Grilled Tofu
Pan Grilled Tofu with Tofu Balsamic Marinade offers a delightful fusion of flavors and textures. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a home cook, this recipe is a testament to the simplicity and versatility of plant-based cuisine. Try it today and embark on a culinary journey that celebrates health and taste.