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Grilled tofu

Easy Grilled Tofu

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Here’s how to make the best grilled tofu! It tastes simply irresistible when charred to perfection, then drenched in a sweet and savory marinade.


  • 2 blocks extra-firm or firm tofu (12 to 16 ounces each)*
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce (optional)
  • Kosher salt


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Remove the tofu from the package and drain the liquid. Cut each tofu package into half lengthwise and place it in a large bowl. Microwave it on high for 2 minutes; this helps to extract liquid.
  3. Drain off excess liquid released in the microwave. Place the pieces on a towel and place another folded towel on top. Top with a cutting board and a heavy object. Allow to press for 15 minutes until the water is drained.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mirin, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and olive oil.
  5. Cut each slab into 3 large slices, or 12 slices total. Brush all sides of the slices with the sauce (reserving the remainder for after grilling), and sprinkle generously with kosher salt.
  6. Place the tofu slabs onto the grill and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, until lightly browned with grill marks, and the tofu releases from the grates. Remove from the grill. Transfer to a serving plate and brush on remaining sauce, pouring any leftover over the top. Taste and if necessary, add a few more pinches kosher salt.


*Do not use soft or silken tofu! This type will not hold up on the grill.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Vegan
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Grilled tofu, How to grill tofu