Sweet & smoky BBQ Tofu

by Romy

Sweet & smoky BBQ tofu - vegan & gluten free

Has the BBQ bug bitten you already?

It definitely has with us. As we do not have a garden, our little kettle grill is used on our balcony as often as possible. 😊

Meat, fish and cheese are going nowhere near my BBQ for sure. But what are you actually putting on the grill, if you live a vegan lifestyle? Are you asked that regularly, too?

Sweet & smoky BBQ tofu - vegan & gluten free

This year, my favorites for the BBQ season clearly are fresh corn on the cob (the nibbling is almost as satisfying as the sweet taste 💛), fresh mushrooms, homemade patties, feto (fermented tofu) or even marinated tofu. But vegetable skewers or sweet potato slices are always a good idea, too.

Do you want to marinate your tofu yourself? I got you covered with this recipe for homemade tofu bliss.

The marinade for the tofu is super quick and easy. And in contrast to many store bought products, it doesn’t contain any sugar, no gluten, no flavor enhancers, no palm oil. Excellent! 🙌

Sweet & smoky BBQ tofu - vegan & gluten free

Sweet & smoky BBQ tofu - vegan & gluten free

And it is delicious as well. The marinade has a smoky-sweet, slightly spicy aroma and easily turns boring tofu into the star of your BBQ.

Sweet potatoe-quinoa-mango-salad and sweet & smoky BBQ tofu - vegan & gluten free

And what about a fresh & fruity summer salad to go with your tofu? My sweet potato quinoa mango salad is just the perfect match to this marinated tofu. Quickly get yourself a crispy baguette at the bakery around the corner and then there is nothing left between you and an extensive vegan BBQ feast this evening. Bon Appetit!


Sweet & smoky BBQ Tofu
This delicious smoky-sweet marinade turns boring tofu into the star on the BBQ. It is quickly prepared and goes without refined sugar or any other nasties. It's BBQ time!
2 poeple
Cook Time
5 mins
Time to marinate at least
1 hr
Course Tags: Main Course, Side Dish
Tags: bbq, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, plant-based, smoky, tofu, vegan
  • 200 g tofu*
For the marinade:
  • 2 Tbsp native coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp tamari**
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp tomatoe paste
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  1. Take the tofu out of the package, rinse it briefly and then press it between 2 kitchen paper towels for about half a minute to let the liquid run out. 

  2. Cut the tofu lengthwise into 0.5 cm thick stripes. For me 1 tofu block equals 6 stripes.

  3. Mix all ingredients for the marinade in a shallow dish, then put in the tofu stripes one after the other, and cover them well with the marinade.

  4. The tofu should now marinate for at least 1 hour in the fridge. The longer it marinates, the more it absorbs the taste of the marinade.

    If you have the time, you can marinate the tofu a day in advance and leave it overnight.

*Please pay attention to buying organic quality. Only then can you be sure that the soybeans in your tofu are GMO free or free of pesticide-contamination. 
**You can also use regular soy sauce, if the dish doesn't have to be gluten-free.
I always choose organic produce whenever possible. It's not only much better for my health (and yours, too), but also for our environment. 🌍💫💚


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