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Learn to Cook: Grilling Tofu

Grilling is a fantastic way to infuse flavor using marinades and smoky fires, and in this video Healthy Eating Chef Chad Sarno shows us how to grill marinated tofu with delicious results. Grilling lean proteins indoors or out makes for healthy and tasty summer meals.

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Angelica says …

Grilling tofu! Didnt know that it can be done. Hmm, it looks so easy the way you've done it there

Allie says …

Can we get the recipe for the marinade? Or steps to marinating the tofu? This video seems kind of incomplete. I have problems preparing the tofu, and I thought this would be a walk through of that, not just how to physically move tofu from a pan to the grill.

Kayla Campbell says …

Can't wait to go home tonight, get my ExerciseTV workout in and get the grill going!

Ruth says …

Looks pretty easy. I am going to try it. I have always had problems with my tofu and hope it turns out as yummie as it does at Whole Foods. Even going to use my cast iron:)

Brad says …

Why is tofu "Health Starts Here?" That stuff is not a health food.

Misty says …

I used to really dislike tofu because the texture made me sad. Then I discovered Wildwood Organics Super Firm Tofu! It isn't packed in water and it has the consistency of cheese.. Now - I can marinade/broil/bake/grill/fry/saute/stir-fry it exactly the same way I would meat! No slimy "silken" texture... I never thought I liked tofu until I found this stuff.. It changed everything!

Rebecca says …

A really good recipe/ way to grill tofu is to do a marinade w/ fresh grated ginger, soy sauce, brown rice vinegar, and a little bit of red chili sauce to give it a spicy kick if you want! or even a peanut sauce marinade Then serve it over soba/buckwheat noodles and if you want add some nori/dried seaweed to increase the health benefits.

Harmonious says …

Wow, throw it in the hot pan, turn it and put it on a plate. Genious!!

Jan says …

What kind of tofu was used in this demo? The silken kind definitely would not hold up like this one did. Here in C'ville, you sell Twin Oaks Tofu in maybe soft, hard and extra hard??? Will these work? Does it need to be the hardest?

Tony says …

Any tips for keeping the tofu from getting stuck to the grill? I find this is especially a problem with marinades that have sugar in them.

Misty says …

I used to really dislike tofu because the texture made me sad. Then I discovered Wildwood Organics Super Firm Tofu! It isn't packed in water and it has the consistency of cheese.. Now - I can marinade/broil/bake/grill/fry/saute/stir-fry it exactly the same way I would meat! No slimy "silken" texture... I never thought I liked tofu until I found this stuff.. It changed everything! I have yet to find something this super firm tofu won't hold up to! I've even cut it in long square "tubes," marinated it in ketchup and mustard, grilled it and served it on a hotdog bun with sauerkraut and onions! Tofu-brat! Also - you have to make sure you're cooking anything very wet over a very high heat. That way - the actual grill grates will sear the food shut rather than melt it onto the metal so you can't turn it.

Linda says …

I also didn't like the spongy texture of tofu (even the extra-firm) until I purchased a tofu press from TofuXpress. This has made so much difference. Now I can press tofu until it is very firm, and by pressing out all the excess water, marinades soak up much better. Thanks for the grilling tips! I think I wasn't letting the pan get hot enough before adding the tofu.

Vicki says …

I appreciate everyones comments. I have never cooked with tofu but would love to try it. It would have been nice to have more information on the marinades used as I understand that it is imperitive to flavor your tofu prior to cooking.

Bobby H says …

@Alice: This is what Chad uses for the marinade. Thanks! Asian tofu marinade: 1/4 c brown rice vinegar 3 T low sodium tamari 1/4 c orange juice 3 T date paste (dates blended with water) 2 cloves garlic minced 2 T ginger minced 1 T fresh chile minced Place all in small bowl and whisk well. Slice xtra firm tofu into 3/4-1 inch steaks. Place in ziplock bag, or shallow pan. Pour over marinade and allow to marinate for 2-3 hours. Best if you can allow to marinate over night. Another great option is to add 1/4 cup almond or peanut butter, whisk until smooth.

Alibaster says …

This is the least helpful cooking demo I've ever seen. Can I have his job? My videos will be at least 1 min 30 sec.

Gina says …

I think the important part is to marinade over night. I have been grilling it after marinading for a few hours and it is less than perfect. It seems to hold together...and I'm sure become more flavorful with a longer marinade time. Can't wait to try it again.

Tofu_tummy says …

Can you please make these videos work for the iphone/ipad? Geez

Alice says …

What marinade did he use? Also, do you have a recipe for baked tofu? Thanks!

janice bubnick says …

Don't forget to mention to viewers that if you have a thyroid condition you might have to limit your servings of soy per week. Check with your doctor or endocrinologist. I think I will try this grilling technique; it looks good.

Azel says …

Pressing the tofu into a thin form before the marination is an important step.

Serena says …

I had the grilled barbecue tofu from the salad bar, and I kid you not I dream about that stuff. It was absolutely amazing. I plan on making it sometime soon now that I know how to grill tofu.