Grilled Tofu With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Grilled Tofu With Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe

Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Ginny Branch

This grilled tofu dish gets its spicy notes from fresno chiles and also gets a smokey tang from the grill. A key to flavorful tofu is in the sauces and seasonings used, and this spicy peanut sauce pairs exceptionally well here. 

Serves: 6


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2 14.5-oz. packages water-packed extra-firm tofu, drained
Grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons salted peanuts
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 clove garlic
1 red Fresno chili, seeded and chopped
2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice


Active: 10 Minutes
Total: 20 Minutes

1. Preheat grill to high (450°F to 550°F). Cut each tofu block in half lengthwise to make 4 (about 1-inch-thick) slabs. Wrap each slab in several layers of paper towels or kitchen towels. Let stand 10 minutes to drain excess liquid. Remove towels. Lightly brush tofu with grapeseed oil. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar evenly over tofu. Sprinkle with pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt.

2. Pulse cilantro, peanuts, olive oil, sesame oil, vinegar, garlic, chili, ginger, lime juice and remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor until finely chopped.

3. Generously oil grill grate with grapeseed oil. Grill tofu until grill marks appear, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Cut each slab into 3 triangles. Serve with peanut sauce.

Created date

May 2016

Nutritional Information

Calories 298
Fat 22 g
Satfat 3 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 14 g
Carbohydrate 12 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 421 mg
Calcium 106 mg