Eager to move away from the veggies and frozen burgers that have been gracing the racks, I decided to try out grilled tofu this week. I also decided to throw in a bit of my Cajun heritage by adding a blackened seasoning to the mix.
Tofu works wonderfully with this method of preparation and, in my opinion, achieves its best texture this way—a firm or crunchy crust with a juicy interior. I first soaked the tofu in a soy sauce marinade to add a little more depth to the flavor, and the marinade acted as a way to hold the seasoning onto the tofu. You can use the recipe below for blackened seasoning or buy it already mixed from the store. Either works just fine. I went with a rather light dusting of seasoning—being afraid it might be too spicy for me—but if you really pile it on, you'll be left with a thicker, crunchier crust.
The finished tofu pieces looked a lot like pieces of grilled fish and had a wonderful flavor. Honestly, even I was surprised that it turned out so good. Because of the results, I'll even venture to say that I would serve this to nonvegetarians. Normally I would think long and hard before serving meat-eaters a hunk of tofu, but this preparation made the tofu so yummy that I wouldn't even hesitate.
Grilled Tofu With Blackened Seasoning1 16-oz. pkg. extra firm tofu1/3 cup soy sauce1 Tbsp. brown rice vinegar1 Tbsp. minced garlic1 Tbsp. paprika2 tsp. black pepper1 1/2 tsp. salt1 tsp. garlic powder1 tsp. cayenne pepper1/2 tsp. dried oregano1/2 tsp. dried thyme
Makes 4 servings
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