Tofu marinated in an Asian-inspired garlic sauce that’s packed with savory, delicious flavor! An easy dish that’s perfect with a side of rice & steamed veggies.
I love that this dish is so simple, yet booming with flavor. The tofu marinates in a sticky sweet sauce made with hoisin, garlic, and tamari. If you’re not familiar with hoisin sauce, I hope you get familiar! It’s like a thick, flavorful Asian-style BBQ sauce. (Yes!) The first time I used it was for this Vegetable Lo Mein and knew I had to start working it into more meals. The flavor and texture is perfect for an easy marinade like this one.
How to Make Asian Garlic Tofu
First, remove the excess liquid from the tofu by lightly pressing between towels. (Or use a tofu press if you have one.) Then prepare the easy garlic marinade sauce in a shallow pan:
Next, cube your tofu and give it a good toss it in the garlic sauce. At this point if you have time, chill it for 30+ minutes in the fridge to let the beautiful flavors soak up. (No worries if you don’t have time to marinate – the flavors won’t be quite as bold, but it will still taste great.)
Then just heat on a skillet and you’ve got a delicious, savory meal! (We love pairing it with brown rice and broccoli.) Modify the sauce as you see fit. Freshly grated ginger is also a lovely addition, or try red pepper flakes for a spicy version. Plus it’s an easy dish to prepare beforehand. Since the tofu can marinate in the fridge, feel free to make it a couple hours ahead of time. A little extra marinating time will only help it soak up more flavor. Hope you enjoy as much as we do!
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Asian Garlic Tofu with Rice
- 14 oz. extra-firm tofu
- 4 green onions
- 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
- Optional for serving: cooked brown rice, quinoa, noodles, sesame seeds for topping
For the Asian Garlic Sauce:
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce (see notes for gluten-free)
- 2 Tbsp. tamari (or soy sauce)
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- Remove excess moisture from the tofu by gently pressing it between towels. Then cut it into bite-sized cubes. (I cut mine about 3/4-inch.) Set aside.
- Make the Asian Garlic Sauce: mince garlic. Then in a shallow pan, (I use an 8×8" glass baking dish) add the three ingredients for the garlic sauce. Stir to combine.
- Add tofu cubes to the sauce and gently toss until thoroughly coated. (*Optional: if you have time, cover and refrigerate to marinate for at least 30 minutes or a few hours.)
- When ready, cook the tofu: in a medium/large skillet, heat sesame oil over medium heat.
- Once oil is hot, carefully add the marinated tofu (with any remaining sauce) and spread out the cubes in a single layer. Simmer and cook without stirring for 5-7 minutes or until lightly seared on one side. Flip, and cook for another few minutes.
- Meanwhile, slice green onions and add to the pan during the last 1-2 minutes of cooking. (Sometimes I add a little more hoisin or tamari if the pan becomes dry. The sauce should almost completely absorb into the tofu however.)
- Great served warm over brown rice/quinoa (and garnished with sesame seeds or more green onions if desired).
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Enjoying this Asian Tofu? Feel free to also check out the full “Asian-Inspired” recipe archives on the blog for more plant-based inspiration! (Or other tofu favorites like: Easy Baked Savory Tofu & Teriyaki Baked Tofu)