Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Barbecued Tofu

MD was amused that my July 4th post was a Jamaican-inspired dish rather than a traditional US dish more typical for the holiday. I can be rather oppositional unconventional at times, and am not really big on tradition. Remember those Cinco de Mayo burgers in June?

For those occasions when you want to enjoy a vegan barbecue dish, actually on a summer holiday or several days later, this one is a winner. Of course, barbecue isn't just for the 4th of July, and we'll be enjoying this recipe for months to come. The tofu becomes chewy from pan frying, and then soaks up the tangy barbecue sauce while baking. The original recipe is linked below and I've written up the version we enjoyed too.

By the way, I updated my Vegan blogroll. Take a look to see whether there are any unfamiliar blogs you want to check out! There is so much vegan wit, creativity, and delicious eating out there.

Barbecued Tofu
adapted from Bryant Terry in Satya

2 blocks extra-firm tofu, cut as directed below and pressed
6 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
juice from 1 lime
3/4 cup tamari
1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
2 Tablespoons cumin
5 Tablespoons maple syrup

For each block of tofu, turn it on its side and cut into thirds. Keep the thirds together and turn the block back over so the larger surface area faces up. Make two cuts diagonally (like an X) so that you have 12 triangles for each block. Press the triangles for 30 minutes by wrapping them in clean kitchen towels, putting a cookie sheet on top, and piling on some cans.

While the tofu is pressing, make the barbecue sauce in a food processor. Add 3 tablespoons of the oil, the apple cider vinegar, lime juice, tamari, ketchup, spices, syrup, and 2 tablespoons of water. Process until smooth.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the tofu pieces and cook for about 10 minutes on each side to brown lightly. Drain on clean kitchen towels and pat them a little.

Put the triangles in a large casserole dish and cover with the barbecue sauce. Cover with foil. Bake for 1 hour, turning once halfway through.


  1. Great (and easy!) recipe! Thanks for updating your blogroll; I'm going to go hunt for new blogs now.

  2. I want a piece of that tofu! Thank you for posting the recipe, I recently discovered how great barbecue sauce is.

  3. oh wow! this looks just like the bbq tofu i splurge on (sometimes) that the deli at my local health food store offers. i'm going to try this one out - then i can stop paying so much for it! thanks again for another glorious recipe! i can't wait to try this with a side of slaw and some corn on the cob. dayyyyyum! :D

  4. Mmm....BBQ Tofu is one of my favorite things! And to hell with tradition!

  5. Jennycestcake, happy blog hunting!

    Mihl, it's nice to know that vegans can enjoy BBQ sauce too - not just for omnivores!

    Jessy, that sounds like a great down home meal you're planning (if tofu were down home food, that is.)

    Bianca, to hell with tradition indeed! I'll bet plenty of our vegan buddies share that philosophy.

  6. this is exciting my BBQ tofu usually involves a jar of sauce. i'll try this instead.

  7. This sounds mighty tasty. Homemade bbq sauces are so much better than store bought!

  8. We're not vegan, but we really enjoy a nice slice of tofu. Usually our bbq-ing involves tempeh, but this is a nice take on an old standard that we'll have to try on for size.

  9. okay, now I'm drooling... I'm going to substitute the ketchup with tomato paste, and trying this asap. Hopefully over the weekend!

  10. Miss Yvonne, sometimes I do bottled sauce too, but this one is nice to try when you have a little more time.

    Erin, so true!

    Lo, I've yet to BBQ tempeh, but we liked this so much that I'm sure I'll try it soon.

    Alice, hope you like it! I might have to make it again this weekend, MD liked it so much.

  11. Cool! I have a bunch of tofu right now & this recipe looks so simple & delish! Thank you.

  12. Destiny's kitchen, hope you enjoy it!

  13. Tastes great, super easy, just got these out of the oven and had a few pieces. Flavorful and not too spicy, and next time I'll be sure to remember to add the lime juice. Would reccomend these; you might find a new favorite and even if you don't like them it's not too much time lost.

  14. I've used this wonderful recipe about 4 times now. The last time, instead of using tofu blocks, I grated super-firm tofu with a cheese grater, soaked it in the sauce for that "shredded beef" style for sandwiches.


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