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6 Tofu Marinade Recipes (for more than just tofu too)

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Prep

10 minutes

Yield

6 servings

Tofu is, of course, one of those go-to plant-based proteins that are a staple in most vegetarian or vegan diets. For me, I find tofu can be pretty bland and unexciting, however, I look at it as more of a base to create whatever you want with. There are so many delicious ways to prep tofu and cook tofu. You can fry it, make it crispy or soft, and BBQ it, the options are endless. That’s why I wanted to share some of my favorite tofu marinade (that can be used on more than just tofu.. read more to find out) recipes to help inspire you this summer. The best part? You can use these marinades on more than just tofu. Put them on veggies, feta, chicken/meat, etc.

Tofu marinating in containers with veggies

Why you’ll love these tofu marinade recipes:

  • Versatile: You don’t just have to use these with tofu, in fact, you’ll see I use them with feta too, and you can also use them on meat, other proteins, or veggies too
  • Easy: All of these recipes are easy to make but have no lack of flavor
  • Quick: These are great recipes to quickly prep lunches for the week or an easy, healthy meal
Ingredients for tofu marinade

Ingredients:

Honey Garlic: This is the perfect sweet but savory marinade. I love the sweetness of honey combined with the flavors of garlic and other spices. It’s unique, and it’s delicious.

Chipotle: Combining chipotle seasoning with the sweetness of maple syrup, this marinade also has a sweet and savory flavor to it. It’s a great vegetable marinade for grilling too!

Cilantro-Lime: I find the combination of cilantro and lime in the summertime to be so refreshing. This makes for a great chicken marinade as well!

Thai Peanut: Peanut butter, chili paste, tamari, this beautiful marinade is perfect for marinating tofu or protein to throw into a Thai noodle bowl or salad.

Pickled: In my recipe below I used this one on radishes and it was so good and dilly. However, you can also use it on any veggie or protein you wish!

Herbed: A mix of a bunch of herbs makes for the most flavorful of marinades. This can be used on peppers as I used it, or you can put it on tofu, or anything you like.

Tofu marinade being mixed in a container

How to make tofu marinade:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients except the base item. Ex: tofu. 
  2. Add the base item to your Zwilling container or bag. 

Expert Tips & FAQ:

How do I use marinated feta? Use the marinated feta cubes in salads, mix them into omelets, add to sandwiches, melt on pizza, OR make it a star on your appetizer platters!

How to use marinated tofu: Bake, cook, grill or air-fry! Use for kebabs, in salad or satay bowls, as an appetizer with dips scramble with veggies, ANYTHING!!!

What do I do with pickled radishes or herbed peppers? Add the pickled radishes to your sandwiches, salads, avocado toast, etc. The herbed peppers are awesome to sauté and add to pasta dishes, stir-fry, quiches, as a filling for soft-shell tacos, SO MANY OPTIONS! 

Get creative: All of these marinades are interchangeable to use with any base ingredient- ex: use vegan feta! Be creative, adjust seasonings to taste, and LET’S SPICE IT UP THIS SUMMER!

Storage: You can store all marinated items in any container or bag (if you do not have a Zwilling)! Make any bases and even combine beforehand, allowing them to sit in the fridge for 2 – 24 hours. The LONGER you let it sit, the stronger and more delicious the flavors will be. 

Close up of tofu marinates in a container

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Tofu marinating in containers with veggies

6 Versatile Tofu Marinade Recipes

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Mediterranean
  • Method: Combine
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean-Inspired, Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten Free
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Sharing my 6 favorite tofu marinade recipes that can be used on feta, protein, veggies, and more!


Ingredients

Scale

Honey Garlic Feta

200g feta or vegan feta (cubed)

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. honey

1 ½ tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

Chipotle Feta

200g feta or vegan feta (cubed)

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. maple syrup

1 tbsp. chipotle spice

juice of ½ lemon

Cilantro-Lime Tofu

350g extra firm tofu (cubed)

3 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. honey

1 tsp. garlic

1 tsp. salt

juice + zest of 1 lime

3 tbsp. cilantro (chopped)

Thai Peanut Tofu

350g extra firm tofu (cubed)

¼ cup peanut butter

2 tbsp. sesame oil

1 ½ tbsp. maple syrup

1 tbsp. white wine vinegar

1 tbsp. sambal or garlic chili paste

1 tbsp. tamari 

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

Pickled Radishes

1 bunch radishes (thinly sliced)

3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. lemon juice

2 tsp. honey

¾ tsp. salt

2 tbsp. fresh dill (chopped)

Herbed Peppers

2 sweet bell peppers (thinly sliced)

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. white wine vinegar

1 sprig rosemary (chopped)

1 tsp. dried thyme

½ tsp. garlic powder

½ tsp. onion powder

½ tsp. dried oregano

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper


Instructions

In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients to except the base item. Ex: tofu. 

Add the base item to your Zwilling container or bag. 

Pour in the marinade and mix to combine.

Use the Zwilling device to vacuum seal the container or bag.

Allow to sit in the fridge for 2 – 24hrs until ready to use.

Enjoy!!!

Notes

Use the marinated feta cubes in salads, mix into omelets, add to sandwiches, melt on pizza, OR make it a star on your appetizer platters!

How to use marinated tofu? Bake, cook, grill or air-fry! Use for kebabs, in salad or satay bowls, as an appetizer with dips, scramble with veggies, ANYTHING!!!

Add the pickled radishes to your sandwiches, salads, avocado toast, ETC! SO 

delicious!!

The herbed peppers are awesome to sauté and add to pasta dishes, stir-fry, quiches, as a filling for soft-shell tacos, SO MANY OPTIONS! 

ALL of these marinades are interchangeable to use with any base ingredient- ex: use vegan feta! Be creative, adjust seasonings to taste, and LET’S SPICE IT UP THIS SUMMER!

You can store all marinated items in any container or bag (if you do not have a Zwilling)! Make any bases and even combine beforehand, allowing to sit in the fridge for 2 – 24 hours. The LONGER you let it sit, the stronger and more delicious the flavours will be. 

HAVE FUN!!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 152
  • Sugar: 7.2g
  • Sodium: 306.4mg
  • Fat: 11.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.7g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 4.9g
  • Cholesterol: 29.7mg

Keywords: tofu marinade, vegetable marinade for grilling

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