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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

BBQ Heresy: Grilled Tofu

I have a friend who is a vegetarian. I don't know why and I don't understand the lifestyle. But then again, she doesn't understand my lifestyle either. When we talk about barbeque she's always after me to include vegetables in the cook.

So, here today, to make Maria happy, here's a recipe for Grilled Tofu. May Aetna, Balder, Belenus, Camaxtli, Futsu-Nushi, Hine-i-tapeka, Eate, Gerra, Ometecuhtli and all the other fire gods forgive me.

Grilled Tofu With Ginger-Soy Dressing
  • 3 pounds firm tofu, each cake cut crosswise into six 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 scallions, trimmed and cut into paper-thin diagonal slices (both white and green parts)
  • Red pepper flakes for garnish
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
Line a plate with a double layer of paper towels, then place the tofu slices in a single layer on top. Place another double layer of paper towels on top and refrigerate for 2 hours.

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, the sesame oil and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Brush each tofu slice with vegetable oil on both sides.

Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill, or preheat a gas grill to 500 F (high). Grill the tofu slices, turning them once, until heated through and golden, about 2 minutes per side.

Place the tofu slices on a serving plate. Spoon the dressing over and around each piece of tofu. Sprinkle lightly with red pepper flakes and toasted sesame seeds and serve.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

(Adapted from "The Asian Grill" by Corinne Chang, Chronicle, 2006, $22.95)


At 11:23 AM, Blogger BlueMule said...

Duck and cover Robert! I think the Gods of fire are going to start raining fire and brimstone on ya! Either that, or all your turn-ins will be charred and ugly. ;-)


At 1:13 PM, Blogger Curt said...

Um... the only way I can see actually grilling/smoking tofu is if it's stuffed inside an armadillo egg... Just about everything gets improves with some good old pork sausage!

At 3:42 PM, Blogger Backyard Chef said...

Duuuude-- that's not bbq!!

Aw, whatever. There's something about tofu that I just can't get...I had it once in this spicy red asian sauce in little cubes and it wasn't like eating tofu. Other than that...ick.

I do it cook it for losers, tho. I mean, vegetarians... :-)>

At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All That work and then NOTHING to eat afterwards.

At 7:54 AM, Blogger Gustad said...

i have that same problem... when people want a veg meal on the grill.


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