Are you a tofu lover, hater or are you altogether indifferent to it? Check all of the above for me. I find that it really depends on how the tofu is made. If I were to eat tofu straight out of the package I’d think it was dull and insipid, and pre-marinated tofu can be overpowering and too salty. The best option is to make your own marinade and then eat it plain as in this spicy marinated tofu, oven roasted, or grilled.
A couple of months back I posted a recipe for tempeh bacon, which I make all the time to use in sandwiches. Yesterday I had to cook some tofu before it spoiled and I got to thinking, why not make tofu bacon? Tofu bacon is a very healthy alternative to real bacon and it tastes good. OK bacon lovers it’s not bacon—that’s true. But it tastes pretty darn good and it’s a very good source of protein when you want to eat lunch but you don’t want to eat luncheon meats. It only takes 5 to 10 minutes to get the marinade made, and once it’s fully saturated in the sauce, cooking time on the grill or in the frying pan is just 6 minutes.
Tofu is high in protein and calcium, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free (if using gluten-free Tamari) and low in fat and cholesterol. And as far as the taste being bland, well…there is a remedy for that—it’s called marinade. Like the song goes “give marinade a chance”. Hmm, somehow that doesn’t sound quite right, but anyway that’s the idea. Let it soak up some good flavors. Try tofu bacon and see what you think.
- 14 ounce block firm organic tofu
- 1/4 cup Tarmai soy sauce, or low sodium soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1-1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, for brushing on before grilling
- Slice the tofu crosswise so each slice will be 1/4-inch thick.
- Make the marinade by combining the following ingredients in a 7-1/2 by 9-1/2 inch glass baking pan: the Tamari soy, maple syrup, liquid smoke, and smoked paprika. Place the tofu slices in the marinade and refrigerate. After 30 minutes, turn the strips over and return the pan to the refrigerator for at least another 1/2 hour. (Marinade up to 24 hours turning once, if you prefer.)
- Heat the grill on high. When it is hot, lightly brush the tofu slice with oil and then place each slice on the grill. Lower the heat to medium and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the slices over to finish cooking the other side, another 2-3 minutes.