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Plate of Marinated Tofu with Herbs on Top and Spoon on the Side
Sesame Ginger Marinated Tofu
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Marinating Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

This easy marinated tofu is loaded with flavor. Bake it, grill it, or pan-fry it...it will be delicious any way you cook it up!

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Asian
Servings: 4
Calories: 101 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
  • cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon powdered ginger
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 (14 ounce or 400 gram) package extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • High-heat oil, as needed (only for pan-fried or grilled tofu)
  1. Whisk the soy sauce, maple syrup, rice vinegar, ginger, onion, garlic, and sesame oil together in a small bowl or cup.

  2. Cut the tofu into smaller pieces. This can mean dicing it (1-inch cubes work well), cutting it into triangles, strips or slabs.

  3. Place the tofu into a shallow dish or bowl and pour the marinade over it.

  4. Allow the tofu to marinade for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. Be sure to cover and chill it if marinating for more than 2 hours. Gently stir the tofu periodically while it marinates.

For Baked Tofu
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Arrange the tofu cubes in an even layer on the baking sheet.

  3. Bake the tofu pieces for 30 to 40 minutes, flipping them halfway through and drizzling some excess marinade on top.

  4. The tofu is done baking when the pieces have darkened and shrunk.

For Pan-Fried Tofu
  1. Coat the bottom of a medium skillet with oil and place it over medium heat.

  2. When the oil is hot, remove the tofu pieces from the marinade. Gently shake or blot off any excess marinade, then place them in an even layer in the skillet.

  3. Cook the tofu for about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the pieces are browned and crispy.

  4. Drizzle the tofu with some excess marinade and continue cooking until it dries up and caramelizes on the surface of the tofu pieces.

For Grilled Tofu
  1. Lightly oil a barbecue grill and build a medium flame.

  2. Remove the tofu pieces from the marinade and place them on the grill.

  3. Close the grill and cook the tofu for about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through, until darkened and lightly charred.

Nutrition Facts
Sesame Ginger Marinated Tofu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 101 Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.5g7%
Saturated Fat 0.9g5%
Sodium 612mg26%
Potassium 190mg5%
Carbohydrates 7.9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5.3g6%
Protein 8.9g18%
Calcium 209mg21%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.