Impress your guests with these Chewy Blackened Tofu Steaks. Made with extra-firm tofu marinated in a mixture of sauces and spices and then grilled to perfection for a wholesome vegan and gluten-free meal.
Happy March! I, for one, could not be more excited.
I have so many exciting new recipes come to you this month. There will be “Chicken” Alfredo Pizza, Eggplant Meatballs (a recipe that I’ve been sitting on since 2019!), and an AMAZING White Wine Alfredo Pasta that I cannot wait to share with you.
But before we get to that, I’ve got two words for you. Tofu Steaks. And I think you’re going to love them. These Blackened Steaks are made with extra-firm tofu that is marinated in a salty and spicy sauce and then grilled to charred perfection for an impressive vegan meal that is also low-carb and gluten-free.
Now that’s hard to beat!
What are Tofu Steaks
Tofu steaks are just as they sound. Delicious plant-based steaks made from marinated and grilled tofu. When roasted, tofu becomes chewy and delicious. On top of that, tofu is the perfect canvas for flavor. Tofu Steaks can be made with spice rubs, a variety of sauces, or simple citrus and herbs. Regardless of how it’s seasoned, tofu steaks make a delicious and impressive plant-based meal for any occasion.
Best Tofu to Use
For this recipe, look for extra-firm tofu that is not water-packed, such as Trader Joe’s High-Protein Tofu or Super Firm Sprouted Tofu. These types of tofu do not have excess water and do not need to be pressed.
If you have to use water-packed tofu make sure to press as much water as you can out of it first by using a tofu press or a weighted, towel-lined cutting board. Press the tofu for at least 1 hour.
How to Make Grilled Tofu
As you might imagine, these vegan steaks are super simple to make! To begin, whisk together the ingredients for the marinade in a shallow baking dish. Add thickly cut slabs of tofu to the marinade, ensuring the tofu is fully submerged. Marinade the tofu for at least two hours.
Once the tofu has marinated, add it to a preheated grill. You can either use an electric grill or outside grill. Grill the tofu for 6-8 minutes per side, until the tofu is slightly charred and cooked all the way through.
My Favorite Electric Grill
Recently I bought an electric griddle so that I could grill food during the long winter months and I love it! I’ve been grilling everything from pizzas to portobello steaks. It gives me that charred crispy grill taste that reminds me of summer while bringing out all the flavors of the vegetables.
which is under $30 on Amazon and it’s something I’ve been using nearly weekly!
With the electric grill, I can make these steaks in just 15 minutes and get the luxury of setting the temperature to exactly what you want. That means not having to worry about burning the steaks. However, if you don’t have an electric grill, you can do this on an outdoor grill or a skillet.
Can this blackened tofu be baked?
Yes! Before I got an electric grill, I baked these steaks all the time.*
To bake the tofu, preheat the oven to 400F. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Once the tofu is firm and cooked all the way through, remove it from the oven. Brush extra marinade on tofu steaks and let sit 5 minutes before serving.
*While baked tofu is good, you will not get the charred edges with offer so much delicious flavor. I do recommend grilling these tofu steaks if possible!
Tips and Tricks
Tofu Steaks are fairly straight-forward but here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- If you get water-packed tofu, make sure to press it for at least one hour first to drain any excess water.
- Marinate the tofu for at least 2 hours. Consider marinating overnight for the best results.
- Be generous with your flavors. Tofu is an empty canvas and can handle a lot of bold flavors. Feel free to taste and adjust seasonings for the tofu marinade.
- Serve these tofu steaks alongside grilled vegetables or roasted potatoes.
- This recipe does not store well. They should be eaten within 30 minutes of grilling.
Serving and Storing
Serve these steaks immediately. Unfortunately, they do not store well. However, if you do have uneaten blackened tofu, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To serve, reheat the steaks in a hot skillet with 1 tablespoon of oil until the tofu is heated all the way through.
More Vegan Tofu Recipes
Whether you love tofu or are on the fence about it, here are some recipes that you’ll LOVE.
- Hawaiian Teriyaki Tofu Skewers
- Vegan Kung Pao with Tofu
- Crispy Peanut Ginger Tofu
- Tofu Banh Mi Sandwich
- Vegetable Fried Rice with Tofu
But before you go, let’s take a look at these savory blackened tofu steaks below.
Impress your guests with these Juicy Blackened Tofu Steaks. Made with extra-firm tofu marinated in a mixture of sauces and spices and then grilled to perfection for a wholesome vegan and gluten-free meal.
Keyword: Tofu Steaks
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 386 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
If you are using water-packed tofu, first press out the water using a tofu press. You can skip this step if you are using vacuum-sealed tofu. Cut the tofu into 3 even slices (about 3/4" thick) and cut each of those slices into half (see picture above).
In a large shallow dish, combine all the remaining ingredients. Add the tofu to the dish, ensuring the tofu is completely submerged in the marinade. Alternatively, you can marinate the tofu in a Ziplock bag. Place the tofu in the refrigerator to marinate for 2 hours.
Preheat your grill to 400F. You can either use an electric grill or an outdoor grill. Once the grill is hot, carefully remove the tofu from marinade, reserving the marinade for later, and place the tofu on the grill and cover with a lid. Grill tofu on each side for bout 7 minutes, until the sides are blackened and the tofu is cooked all the way through.
Remove tofu from the grill and brush on a generous coat of excess marinade. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.
- If you'd rather bake these steaks, preheat the oven to 400F. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Once the tofu is firm and cooked all the way through, remove it from the oven. Brush extra marinade on tofu steaks and let sit 5 minutes before serving.
- If you do have uneaten tofu, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat the steaks in a hot skillet with 1 tablespoon of oil until the tofu is heated all the way through.