Pan Grilled Tofu With Balsamic

balsamic marinated tofu on white plate

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.

Helpful Tools

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

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.

balsamic marinated tofu on cast iron

Grilling: Preheat the grill to medium. Grill tofu for 3-4 mins per side.

Tofu Balsamic Marinade grilled in cast iron

Finishing Touch: Drizzle the remaining marinade on the cooked tofu. Serve on your favorite salad, wrap, or with a dipping sauce.

grilled balsamic tofu on cast iron
Pan Grilled Tofu With Tofu Balsamic Marinade

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.


Can I use a different type of vinegar in the marinade?

While balsamic vinegar adds a distinct flavor, you can experiment with red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar for a unique twist.

Is pressing tofu necessary for this recipe?

Pressing tofu removes excess water, allowing it to absorb marinades better. It contributes to a firmer texture.

Can I grill the tofu without a grill pan?

Absolutely! A regular grill or even a grill pan on the stove works well. Adapt based on your kitchen setup.

How long can I store leftovers in the refrigerator?

Leftover pan-grilled tofu can be stored for up to 3 days in the refrigerator for optimal freshness.

balsamic marinated tofu on white plate

Balsamic Pan Grilled Tofu With Tofu Balsamic Marinade

Indulge in the savory delight of Pan Grilled Tofu with Balsamic. A vegan, gluten-free marvel combining the richness of tofu and the tanginess of the Tofu Balsamic Marinade. Try it today!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinate 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main, Topping, Vegan Basics
Cuisine American, Asian, Fusion
Servings 4


  • 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!
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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.

14 thoughts on “Pan Grilled Tofu With Balsamic

  1. Janelle says:

    5 stars
    The tofu and the balsamic flavor was very delicious. I made 2 bricks of tofu of these to add to my salads for the week.

    • spicyveganfood says:

      I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tofu with balsamic flavor! Preparing ahead for the week with two bricks for your salads is a fantastic idea. Thanks for trying out the recipe and sharing your positive experience! 😊

  2. Jamila says:

    5 stars
    This pan grilled tofu was great. Simple and delicious 😋

    • spicyveganfood says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the pan-grilled tofu! Simple and delicious is the way to go. Thanks for the positive feedback!

  3. Riley says:

    5 stars
    Loved this tofu recipe so great to add some extra protein to my plant based meals.

    • spicyveganfood says:

      I’m glad you loved the tofu recipe! Adding extra protein to your plant-based meals is always a win. Thanks for sharing your positive experience!

  4. Ash says:

    5 stars
    The balsamic marinade on the tofu was bangin! Great recipe

  5. Alex says:

    5 stars
    This was a great clean meal with high protein loved it and added it to my salad 🥗

    • spicyveganfood says:

      So glad you enjoyed it! Adding it to a salad sounds like a delicious and nutritious choice. Keep enjoying those clean, protein-packed meals!

  6. Avery says:

    5 stars
    Very nice and simple pan grilled tofu. Perfect 👍 high protein and clean meal.

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