Six Tofu Marinades

Tofu is a terrific substitute for meat whether you are a vegetarian, taking part in Meatless Mondays, or just trying to increase your intake of heart healthy soy.  Additionally, tofu is also extremely affordable, packed with protein, low in fat, and in some studies is shown to help reduce cholesterol.  This makes it the perfect new addition to any diet.

However in order to make tofu the star of a dish and be full of flavor, it is essential to marinate your tofu and let it absorb flavors. Luckily tofu works with tons of different marinades and since it has a sponge like texture, you only need to marinate it for 20-30 minutes before preparing it.

Thai Tofu:Combine 1 minced garlic clove with 3 tbsp. cilantro, 1 tbsp. soy sauce, ½ tsp. Asian chili sauce, ½ tbsp.sesame oil, and 1 tbsp. reduced fat peanut butter.
Citrus Rosemary Tofu:  Combine 2 sprigs fresh rosemary with 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 minced garlic clove, 3-4 tbsp. fresh orange juice, salt, and fresh pepper.
Sweet and Sour Tofu:  Combine 1/2 tbsp. fresh grated ginger, 1 minced garlic clove, 1.5 tbsp. sesame oil, 3 tbsp. soy sauce, 2 tbsp. of seasoned rice wine vinegar, and 1 tbsp. brown sugar.
Sesame Tofu:  Combine 3 tbsp. soy sauce with 2 tbsp. sesame oil, 1 tbsp. brown sugar, 3 tbsp. vinegar, a pinch of red pepper flakes, 2 tbsp. cilantro, 1 minced garlic clove, and 2 tbsp. sesame seeds.
Lemon Basil Tofu: Combine 4 tbsp. fresh lemon juice, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 2 tbsp. fresh chopped basil, 1-2 minced garlic cloves, salt, lots of freshly ground pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
Balsamic Tofu:  Combine 4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar with 1 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tbsp. agave, 1 tsp. rosemary or thyme, 2 minced garlic cloves, and 1 tbsp. olive oil.