Grilled Buffalo Tofu Steaks

Well, it’s been summer for quite some time now – especially in Arizona – we’ve been hitting over 100 since May! The sweltering heat gets us in the mood for grilling on the patio. I had some tofu steaks on hand and Nick had just picked up his meat selection from some Groupon deal he bought awhile ago. Even though I don’t eat meat, I must say his steak choices were gorgeous and had perfect marbling. So perfect, that he didn’t even mess with it before putting it on the grill – just a dash of salt and pepper and he was good to go.

I had a hankering for something spicy and tangy – I think you see where I’m heading. Frank’s Red Hot “Buffalo” style sauce. The great thing about tofu is that it can pick up marinade flavors really well and in a very short amount of time. I just marinated the tofu for about 20 minutes, tossed it on the grill with Nick’s steak and let the grill do it’s thing. I served my tofu with a quick Garlicky-Lime Aioli; it was a nice cooling element with the spiciness.

Here’s a a picture of Nick with his prized steak:

Here is my recipe:

Buffalo Tofu Steaks

Ingredients:

  • 1 16-ounce block of extra-firm tofu
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
  • 1/8 cup Earth Balance Soy-Free Butter, melted

The Method:

  1. In a bowl, combine the oil, salt,  paprika, hot sauce and melted butter.
  2. Cut the tofu into steaks and gently toss to coat with the mixture. Let the steaks sit in the mixture for 20 minutes before grilling.
  3. Place each tofu steak in a single layer on the grill. Grill for 5 minutes on each side. (Nick’s steak needed to be cooked for 6 minutes on each side, so we timed it accordingly)

Garlicky-Lime Aioli:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • pinch of paprika
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper

The Method:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix and serve.

It was so yummy that even my well-mannered pit bull, Eleanor was begging for table scraps:

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21 thoughts on “Grilled Buffalo Tofu Steaks

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the tofu idea! Here is one of my tasty grilling ideas……cut avocado in half…..remove pit…leave skin on!……..s&p, onion power, dash garlic powder……..brush with olive oil…..grill face down……remove after a quick flash of heat………. spoon in some corn salsa in the little cup where the pit was removed. The entire dish screams I’m cute, unlike my ugly cousin guacamole.

    • Oh. My. Goodness. That sounds absolutely fabulous! Nick and I will have to try that next. We have A LOT of grilling to do! :) Say, we should have a BBQing date with you and Tim soon!!

      Plus, how cute would that photograph be?

    • She usually never begs, too! She’ll just lay down under the table and wait until Nick and I are done with our food. And sometimes we let her lick the plate. But this time, she couldn’t restrain herself!

    • Absolutely! I usually have vegan mayo at home but I was at the boyfriend’s house and he’s only got the real stuff :). Honestly, I can’t even taste the difference but I’m a Vegenaise girl for sure!

  2. I was just racking my brain for vegetarian ideas for this week. My husband agrees we should eat vegetarian more often but he’s not thrilled with the idea. So I’ll lure him over by adding some blue cheese crumbles- what man can resist Buffalo wings? By the way, I also LOVE aioli!
    Love the idea!

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