A plate of tofu with peanuts over rice.
Easy,  Entrées,  Recipes,  Vegan,  Vegetarian

Sweet and Spicy Marinated Tofu

I wanted to come up with a marinade for some tofu that I had in the fridge, and this one turned out really well. The combination of sweet and spicy is great with the tofu, and we loved the way the tofu caramelized around the edges. I served this over brown rice, and it made a nice, easy and healthy meal.

A plate of tofu with peanuts over rice.

Sweet and Spicy Marinated Tofu
Ashley Covelli

1 package extra firm tofu
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 T honey
1 t chili garlic sauce
2 T rice vinegar
2 T vegetable oil, plus more for frying
cilantro, chopped, for garnish
peanuts, chopped, for garnish

Slice tofu into 8 pieces, and then cut each piece in half so you end up with 16 squares. Whisk ingredients (through vegetable oil) together and pour half into the bottom of a container (I use a long rectangular tupperware) to marinate. Add the sliced tofu, and pour the rest of the marinade on top. Let marinate for an hour (or as long as you can).

Heat some vegetable oil in a large, nonstick skillet. Add the tofu slices, reserving the remaining marinade. Fry tofu on both sides until golden. Add the rest of the marinade to the pan and let it reduce. Serve tofu over rice and sprinkle with chopped cilantro and peanuts.

Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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