Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Grilled Marinated Tofu



Delicious Spicy recipe for Grilled Marinated Tofu

Yesterday, I found out that school here starts on August 1st, due to the expansion of Spring break. As much as I am happy that kids are getting one extra week over Spring break, I am that much sad because the summer break is shortened. 
They are just starting to have fun when they will be soon waking up early in the morning carrying heavy backpacks...I don't even know how my oldest one can carry that heavy backpack-seriously that weighed a tone last school year, plus his saxophone. I always feel sorry for his shoulders and back. 
This year I will have 7th, 4th and 1st graders, and I can't believe that my girl will be done with Elementary this school year-- it feels like yesterday when she started with Kindergarten. If you have a child just now starting with Elementary, please cherish every single moment while they are there; go and join them for lunch, help them with homework and lock those memories forever because they do grow up so fast. Ok! I am bit on emotional side, always have been that way but I know that every parent that have kids out of Elementary school feels the same way, and yes those are precious moments even when I shed the crocodile tears while watching them enter every school year. 




Easy homemade recipe for Grilled Marinated Tofu

Today recipe is as simple as you can read in the title. The key is in the marinade and after it's grilled the taste and aroma is just perfect balance of very satisfying, delicious and I must say easy side dish. 
I loved the spiciness of the marinade, but it is always optional to use and how much you add to satisfy your taste buds. I love spicy, but I know it's not everybody's cup of tea so you can always adjust. 

Grilled Marinated Tofu 
Serves 4
Ingredients:
  • 1 Pk of Firm Organic Tofu, cut into thick slices
Marinade:
  • 1 Tablespoon Gochujang (or 1/2 tablespoon red hot chili pepper)(reduce for less spicy)
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice vinegar 
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame oil 
  • 2 Tablespoon Soy Sauce, low sodium {lite}
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 Scallions, chopped
Garnish:
  • Scallions 
  • Sesame seeds
  • and optional drizzle bit of marinade over it. 
Directions:
  1. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade and place it in the wide long container.
  2. Cut the tofu in thicker but equal slices and place in the marinade for 15-20 minutes; you can keep it covered in the fridge. 
  3. Preheat your grill, either in the house or outside grill. 
  4. Take out tofu carefully out of the marinade and pat dry with kitchen paper towel each tofu slice and put it on the preheated grill.
  5. Grill for minute or two on each side. 
  6. You can reserve the marinade for the dip of few drizzles over the tofu when it's served. 
  7. You can serve it with a simple salad. 
Note*
  • You can cut in equal cubes and put it on skewers before you grill them.
  • You can saute the tofu and serve over rice. 
  • If you don't like too spicy use less gochujang in the marinade-reduce to 1 teaspoon.
  • If you do not use sugar at all in your diet, try replacing it with natural agave nectar, pure maple or honey-The sweetness balance the flavor of heat. 
  • If you are not going to use Gochujang, and only hot chili pepper flakes/powder then increase the soy sauce by 1 Tablespoon (3 TBS. all together). 
  • You can also use instead of the soy sauce teriyaki sauce or oyster sauce since they are high on sodium. 
  • SODIUM LEVEL OF YOUR FOOD {PDF} CHART click here 


Summer recipe for Spicy Grilled Marinated Tofu

I wish you an amazing mid week!

Your friend,
I wish you an amazing week ahead!

your friend,

Sandra
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39 comments :

  1. Beautiful photos, Sandra! Your marinade sounds so tasty!

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    1. Thank you so much Laura! Glad you like the marinade :)

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  2. I don't think I've ever seen tofu look so mouthwatering, Sandra! This looks lovely and delicious!

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    1. Aww thank you dear Georgia, I appreciate your kind comment!:)

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  3. Never had tofu like this.. Almost looks like grilled chicken with those nice grill marks... =)

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    1. Yea, it's replacing of the meat proteins hehe..thank you, I love grill marks!:))

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    1. I said it many times, but feel like saying it again...it just tastes better with bit of gochujang! :)) Thank you Hyosun!

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  5. Hi Sandra!
    I absolutely LOVE this tofu. . looks delicious. . this is like one of my favorite things to eat! Thank you for the great advice re: my kids. My oldest just finished kindergarten so I will try to cherish every single moment . . and now that my youngest will be starting pre-school in september, I hope to volunteer and go and join my daughter for lunch! I hear you on being emotional. . I was emotional yesterday watching my daughter graduate from Kindergarten. . last year, for her pre-k, graduation, she didn't make it on the stage. she saw me and ran to me in the audience. But yesterday, she owned that stage, walked across, shook her teacher's hand and turned and smiled so I could snap a photo. Needless to say, I was a very proud momma! :) so much growth this last year!! and wow, you have a 7th, 4th and 1st graders?! so awesome! :)

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    1. Oh Alice, I have also one Kindergarten graduate so I know exactly how you feel. When we think "oh it's ok, I got this, it's not my first time" then when tears start again..especially the youngest one is my baby, but those are tears of joy and happiness. I am glad that you are one of those like me that realize how precious those moments are. Thank you for your kind comment--oh we love tofu too!:) Have a lovely rest of the week!

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  6. I love your tofu! I agree, food tastes better with a bit of gochujang. :)

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    1. Double yes, gochujang rocks!:)) Thank you dear!

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  7. Sandra, I loooove tofu so much (and I'm far from being a vegetarian!) and especially when it's seasoned with bold stuff like gochujang and garlic. It looks divine! PS I totally agree: everything tastes better with a bit of gochujang!

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    1. hehehe...I am glad we are on the same page! Thank you Sissi!:))

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  8. Wow, Sandra... This tofu dish looks wonderful! I love grilled tofu... and that sauce looks delicious!

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    1. Thank you Soon, I am happy to hear that you like it!:)

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  9. Love the look of these slices tofu that are perfectly seared. It looks really delicious. You know I feel the same way when my kids were in school that they used to carry all of these books. With all the technologies that we have like ipads, kindles, etc. Why can't they just put all of these books in there and save all the trees in the process and save our children's backs.

    Thank you Sandra and I hope you are having a wonderful week. :)

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    1. It is quick side dish and very delicious, I guess grill do make everything more tasty! Thank you!

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  10. This is my absolutel favourite way to devour tofu :D
    Delicious recipe! :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Thank you, I am glad you like it too!:)

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  11. What? August 1st? That's so short... you pretty much have one more month and that's it. :/ Enjoy your summer to the fullest! Your marinade and the char of the tofu is amazing! Tofu is our family's favorite and we eat it almost everyday (or maybe every other day). :) Love this dish. Very beautiful close up shot too. :D

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    1. Oh tell me about it, I was shocked when kids told me, and couldn't believe it! Hehe, we love tofu too, so I have to make it so it can be more interesting, plus this was really tasty. Thank you for your comment!

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  12. Sandra, your tofu looks really good and I think that is kind of difficult to do. The marinade sounds delicious.

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    1. Thank you so much, it was easy once i got it hehe...It takes little practice to get the right angle so I can photoshoot it! Have a great weeke!

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  13. Such yummy looking pics, as usual! Sometimes it seems like you make Korean food more yummier than a lot of other Koreans I know. Did you live in Korea at one point? I'm having this for lunch tomorrow. The salty/sweet/spicy flavors are what my palate craves when the weather screws my appetite.

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    1. To answer your Question--No, I have never lived in Korea, but wish i was, because i wouldn't miss all Korean delicious food. :) I fell in love with cuisine, culture and tradition so I studied a lot about it from history to language. I am definitely with you on sweet/salty/spicy flavors...just had today bulgogi with grilled kimchi and extra ssamjang, satisfied my cravings to the fullest :D
      Thank you Ms. Kim for your comment and have a great weekend!

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  14. I remember when we used to get a full 3 months off for summer, but I hear that school goes almost 'year-round' now in the US. This recipe looks simple, healthy and delicious!

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    1. Oh i know...they put this short summer break last year, but it was almost mid August when they were starting, but now it's too early in my opinion. Thanks Fran for your comment! Enjoy your weekend!

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  15. I am not a fan of soya anything except soya sauce but you have made this look super tasty. I feel for your son too. There is research now about the damage done to growing kids from heavy school packs. It's ridiculous they have to carry all that stuff around with them.

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    1. I am opposite of you, I love soy anything so I use it a lot. I heard about that research and I don't like the idea of them carrying all that weight on their shoulders, because it is really heavy and I can imagine sends stress to the back. I wish they just start using some kind of electronics to replace at least half of the books. Thank you for your comment and enjoy your weekend!

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  16. Gorgeous photos Sandra! I love seared or grilled tofu dressed with a simple dressing. It's probably my favorite way to eat tofu. And I know what you mean about kids growing up fast. I can't believe my niece is already in the second grade. It seems just yesterday that she was just a toddler following me around! Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

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    1. I love tofu in anything from stews to grilled so i can't say i like it this way better, because i pretty much like it any way possible haha
      Yes, they are growing so fast, i feel like an old lady now...
      Thank you for your comment, and welcome back from vacation! Enjoy your weekend, and relax some more before working week!

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  17. Thanks for the recipe! This is my new favorite way to eat tofu!

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    1. Fantastic! I am Glad you liked it, I really enjoyed eating it this way, too-- Thank you!

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  18. These look delicious and perfect! I'd love for you to share them at Mix it up Monday:

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