The Happy Gluten-Free Vegan’s Boss Marinated Grilled Tofu

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We call this ‘Boss’ marinated grilled tofu because it’s the boss of all marinated and grilled tofus. It’s so easy, and so delicious, and it goes with almost anything. It lets you tofu like a boss. :~)

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For this recipe you will need to press your tofu. You can either use a tofu press (we love this one) or you can use the ‘two plates’ method, by placing a few layers of paper towel on a plate, placing the tofu in the middle, putting another layer of paper towels on top, and then putting a second, inverted plate on top of that, and then putting a weight on top of the top plate (such as a heavy book, a mason jar filled with water, etc.).

We use the House brand tofu (that’s the actual name of the brand) which we get at Costco.

House brand tofu
whole foods tofu house brand

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Now, to grill this, we use our Griddler, which we loooove, but you can use any indoor electric grill such as a George Foreman grill, or panini press, or you can pan fry it (although it will turn out a bit differently). You could even use your waffle iron!

The earlier you can get the tofu marinating the better it is going to be when you cook it. We start ours in the late morning to make it for dinner, but as long as it gets at least a few hours to marinate it will be tasty!

The Happy Gluten-Free Vegan’s Boss Marinated Grilled Tofu


1 block firm tofu (it must be the sort of tofu that is refrigerated and packed in liquid, not the shelf-stable kind from a box; we use the House brand tofu available at Costco)

2 Tablespoons liquid aminos (we use Bragg’s for this, coconut aminos will bring a different, sweeter flavour to your marinade)
2 Tablespoons vegan worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons olive oil (we get organic olive oil from Costco)
2 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon maple syrup (we get organic maple syrup from Costco)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (the fine powder, not granules)


Press the tofu for at least a half hour, increasing the pressure a couple of times, to remove as much water from the tofu as you can.

While the tofu is pressing, prepare the marinade by mixing, and then whisking, all of the other ingredients.

Once the tofu is done pressing slice it into 1/2-inch slabs. Then stack them back together and put them into a Ziploc-type bag – it should be the smallest size bag that will accommodate the tofu.

Pour the marinade into the bag over the tofu, squeeze most of the air out of the top, and zip the bag. Gently massage the marinade around the tofu, and between the slabs, and then put the bag with the tofu into a bowl or onto a plate (because it’s going to leak).

Tofu Slabs Marinating
marinated grilled tofu marinating

Flip the bag with the tofu every half hour or so, or whenever you think of it, so that it gets evenly coated.

When you are ready to cook the tofu, remove it, piece at a time, and put it onto a plate lined with a paper towel (so that the tofu isn’t sopping wet when you put it on the grill or in the frying pan).

If you are using an electric grill or panini press (or waffle iron!), heat it to its second highest or highest setting (on the Griddler that is ‘sear’). If you are using a frying pan, put a little bit of cooking oil in it and place it over medium-high heat.

Place the tofu slabs on the grill or in the frying pan.

grilled marinated tofu on the griddler gril

Grill / fry the tofu slabs until they are golden brown on the outside, remove, and enjoy!

grilled marinated tofu

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