Grilled tofu is easy to prepare and is a great alternative to that hunk of meat on your plate. Tofu easily soaks up whatever flavors it is cooked in, so a quick soak in a delicious marinade is just the ticket for this fully flavored recipe. Delicious served with brown rice and a side of stir-fried veggies. For variations, try grilled tofu using your other favorite marinades.
1 14 oz. block firm or extra firm tofu, drained
¼ cup soy sauce or low sodium soy sauce
4 tsp vegetable, canola, or olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1 ½ tsp dark brown sugar, packed
1 ½ tsp fresh ginger, finely grated
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes or hot sauce
PREPARE: Cut tofu crosswise into 6 slices. Place in a single layer on top of 3-4 paper towels. Top with another layer of 3-4 paper towels and set a baking pan or cookie sheet on top to press out the extra water. Take care to choose a pan that is not too heavy. After about 2 minutes, repeat the process with fresh paper towels twice more.
MARINATE: Stir together all marinade ingredients in a large pie plate. Place tofu slices in a single layer and let marinade for 8-10 minutes, turning over every couple of minutes.
GRILL: Heat up either a George Foreman type grill or a ridged grill pan over medium heat. Lightly oil the surface. With a spatula, carefully place tofu slices onto the grill and let cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until grill marks appear. Turn only once.