Tofu Marinade

This flavor-loaded tofu marinade recipe is quick and easy to make. It transforms tofu into a crave-worthy dinner or lunch. If you’re on the fence about whether or not you like tofu, this simple marinade is a must try.

Tofu is naturally bland and soaks up flavors like a sponge, which is why it’s perfect for marinating. It’s a staple in vegan and vegetarian diets and is loaded with protein and essential nutrients.

Ingredients and substitutions

Soy sauce adds a salty, umami flavor to this marinade. For a gluten-free version you can easily substitute tamari, which is just gluten-free soy sauce.

I like to use fresh ginger and fresh garlic in this marinade, but you can substitute jarred chopped garlic and ginger if you prefer. Or you can substitute garlic powder and ground ginger instead, in which case you should reduce the amount to half a teaspoon each.

Maple syrup adds a hint of sweetness to this marinade that balance the other flavors. You can substitute honey if you prefer (or agave).

Smooth, natural peanut butter adds richness and flavor to this tofu marinade. You can substitute almond butter if you prefer, or just omit it altogether for a nut-free version.

A pinch of dried chili flakes adds a little spice to this marinade. You can omit this if you prefer. Or you can substitute fresh, finely chopped chili peppers. Or a teaspoon of sriracha sauce would be a delicious alternative.

Cooked tofu pieces in a white bowl.

How to make this tofu marinade

Add the soy sauce, peanut butter, maple syrup, garlic, ginger, and dried chili flakes (optional) to a bowl.

Ingredients for a marinade in a white bowl.

Use a whisk to mix well.

Thick brown marinade in a white bowl.

Use immediately to marinate tofu, or store the marinade in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. This recipe makes enough marinade for one block of tofu (4-5 servings).

Tofu marinating in a large glass bowl.

How long should you marinate tofu?

Tofu should marinate for a minimum of thirty minutes up to a maximum of twenty-four hours. If you have the time, at least an hour or two is ideal.

How to cook marinated tofu

My favorite method of cooking tofu once it’s done marinating is to bake it in the oven (350 degrees Fahrenheit for twenty minutes is perfect). Or you can grill it on the barbecue or cook it in a bit of coconut oil in a pan on the stovetop.

Optional additions

Give this tofu marinade an extra flavor boost by adding one teaspoon of curry powder, if desired.

Triangular cut cooked tofu pieces in a bowl.

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Tofu Marinade

This tofu marinade is loaded with flavor from fresh ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and peanut butter. It's quick and easy to make. If you're on the fence about whether or not you like tofu, this recipe is a must try.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 68.3kcal

Equipment

  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons smooth, natural peanut butter (omit for a nut-free marinade)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or substitute honey)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • Pinch of dried chili flakes (optional)

Instructions

  • Add the soy sauce, peanut butter, maple syrup, garlic, ginger, and chili flakes to a bowl.
  • Use a whisk to mix well.
  • Use immediately to marinate tofu, or store the marinade in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.

Notes

  • This tofu marinade recipe makes enough for one block of tofu (4-5 servings).
  • Optional addition: 1 teaspoon of curry powder.
  • Tofu should marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes up to a maximum of 24 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 68.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2.8g | Fat: 4.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.1g | Sodium: 504.7mg | Potassium: 80.1mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 0.1IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 12.6mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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