This grilled tofu marinade with lemon juice, garlic, and rosemary imparts a wonderfully dimensional flavor profile. Add some grill marks and dive in! Vegan & gluten-free.
Grilled tofu with lemon & rosemary is the perfect summertime main dish. While I love vegan grilling with veggie burgers as much as the next person, sometimes you want something a little prettier for your outdoor soirée.
Served with a kale salad with lemon tahini dressing, grilled asparagus, or roasted potatoes, this is the kind of meal that might encourage you to bring the cloth napkins outside to the deck.
I’ve been making my lemony tofu for years.
In winter months I slow cook the tofu in the oven until it is tender and chewy. The smell of rosemary fills the house. I’ve made a simplified version that requires no marinating with this easy baked tofu recipe. I’ve put it into salads, Buddha bowls, and wraps.
This version, which involves letting the tofu sit in a grilled tofu marinade with lemon and rosemary, really rewards you.
Grilled tofu marinade with lemon & rosemary
How to make vegan grilled tofu
Vacuum packed, super firm tofu is soaked in a grilled tofu marinade with lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, tamari, grated garlic, and rosemary.
(I recommend using a microplane zester for the garlic, so that it becomes almost like a garlic paste. That helps the tofu to really absorb that flavor.)
Then the marinated tofu takes a turn on a hot grill to achieve those dark grill marks that makes everyone salivate.
Several years ago I made a video demonstration of this grilled tofu when vacuum packed tofu wasn’t as widely available.
So in the video version, I used a 14 ounce package of water packed tofu instead and pressed it first. I also used a bit more extra virgin olive oil in that version.
Feel free to go either way with the tofu & oil. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Grilled tofu with lemon & rosemary (with grilled tofu marinade)
- Combine lemon juice, tamari, extra virgin olive oil, rosemary, garlic, and pepper for the marinade in a shallow pie dish or small baking dish. Soak the tofu slices in marinade for 1 hour, flipping once halfway through.
- Set the grill to a medium heat and grill slices for about ten minutes on each side or until they have nice, brown grill marks.
Here are some more vegan grilling ideas I know you’ll love:
Buffalo corn on the cob with vegan blue cheese dressing
Grilled mushroom fajitas with asparagus
Grilled banana splits with chocolate peanut butter sauce