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grilled tofu recipe

Chipotle Grilled Tofu Recipe

Spicy and tangy, this chipotle grilled tofu recipe is super easy to make, and is a great way to jazz up a salad or noodle bowl!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • Blender or food processor


  • 16 oz extra-firm tofu
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for grilling
  • 1/8 tsp table salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled
  • 1 chipotle in adobo pepper, along with 3 tbsp of the chipotle sauce from the can


  • Drain the tofu, and place between two wads of paper towels. Place something heavy over the top (a pot of water works well), and press the tofu for around 15 minutes.
  • Once drained, slice the tofu crosswise into 1/3 inch slabs, and then slice those in half. You will get about 8 per block.
  • While the tofu is draining, make the marinade. In a food processor or blender, add the olive oil, lime juice, chipotle pepper and sauce, light brown sugar, salt, cumin, garlic and ginger. Process until smooth.
  • Lay the tofu in a shallow dish or pan, and brush with the marinade, reserving about 2 tbsp of marinade for later. Allow it to marinate for at least 15 minutes at room temp or up to 1 hour in the fridge.

If Grilling On Grill Pan On Stove Top:

  • Place the grill pan or griddle over a burner on high heat. Allow it to heat up for 2-3 minutes, until very hot. Pour a little olive oil into the grill pan and move it around to coat the bottom. Place the marinated tofu steaks on the grill pan. Allow them to cook on one side without being disturbed for 4-6 minutes before flipping with tongs and cooking for the same amount of time on the other side. There should be nice brown grill marks before flipping. Brush with remaining marinade and enjoy!

If Grilling On Gas Grill:

  • Preheat a gas grill over medium-high heat with the lid closed for at least 10 minutes. Pour olive oil into a small bowl, and place a wad of paper towels in the bowl with the oil so it all gets absorbed by the paper towels. Using tongs, rub the preheated grill grates with the oil-soaked towels. Let the oil smoke for 40 seconds before repeating the process. Do this 3-4 times. Add the tofu to the grill grates, and turn the burners to low heat and close the lid. Grill for 4-6 minutes per side, using tongs to flip them. Brush with remaining marinade and enjoy!
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