Grilled Tofu with Summer Squash and Soba Noodles

by Marla on June 27, 2011 · 60 comments

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Vegan vegetarian summer squash with grilled marinated tofu For this week of Get Grillin’ we are going meatless. Cookin’ Canuck and I have grilled up some vegetarian vittles for you and we can’t wait to see what recipes you will be linking up. Our summer grill event has been so much fun so far. As we roll into week four Dara and I have enjoyed meeting so many new online friends and welcoming back folks we have known for a while.

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Up until recently I had never grilled tofu. I have admired it for some time on Foodgawker and Tastespotting, and couldn’t wait to experiment with it. I love the way it gets clearly defined grill marks and it is a great alternative to meat, poultry or seafood.

Tofu on the grill for summer barbecue party

If you cannot find super, extra firm tofu then please take the time to press it the night before. To get the most flavor out of tofu and to keep it from being mushy and bland it must contain as little water as possible. The blog Sweet Cheeks in the Kitchen has great tips on how to press your tofu. Averie at Love Veggies and Yoga also has amazing Tofu Tips and a hugely popular recipe for Peanut Sauce Baked Tofu.

Vegan vegetarian summer squash with grilled marinated tofu

With July 4th around the corner this would be a wonderful option to serve your vegetarian or vegan guests. I also have these Almond Butter Chickpea Cookies if you want to stick with the vegan theme. My Telluride Trail Bars make a great dessert or snack to have available too.

Vegan vegetarian summer squash with grilled marinated tofu

You could even slice this tofu into little squares and serve them on skewers for appetizers.

Vegan vegetarian summer squash with grilled marinated tofu

It is always fun slurping up noodles. You can use buckwheat based Soba or gluten free pasta.

Dried buckwheat soba pasta noodles in white cup

There are a few ways you can prepare these veggies on the grill. Usually I use my grill basket as I did for these Balsamic Grilled Vegetables. In this recipe I wanted to try out my new ManPans and see how it cooperated on my grill. I am in love with the results, a bit different than the basket but a wonderful option. If you want some char then go with the basket. If you want steamed and saucy than the pan is a great option. Either way is a win.

Vegan vegetarian summer squash with grilled marinated tofu

Have you ever grilled tofu? What is your favorite way to prepare it?

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Grilled Tofu with Summer Squash and Soba Noodles

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Grilled Tofu with Summer Squash and Soba Noodles

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Soba Noodles
  • 4 tablespoons Tamari (gluten free) or low salt Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 4 tablespoons Orange Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Mirin (sweet cooking wine) or Rice Vinegar
  • 2 smashed and dice Garlic Cloves
  • pinch of ground Ginger
  • a few drops of Hot Chili Oil or Sriracha Sauce
  • 16 ounces Extra Firm Organic Tofu, slice into 1/4 inch pieces and pat dry with paper towels
  • 2 Yellow Summer Squash, cleaned and cut into bit sized pieces
  • 2 Zucchini, cleaned and cut into bit sized pieces
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, smashed and diced small
  • 6 Green Onions, cleaned, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces + extra for garnish
  • Optional Garnish
  • chopped Green Onions
  • chopped salty Peanuts, Cashews or sliced Almonds
  • Hot Chili Oil or Sriracha Sauce
  • unsweetened Coconut Milk

Method

  • Cook Soba noodles according to package directions, rinse with cool water, toss with some sesame oil. Set aside.
  • Combine tamari, sesame oil, orange juice, mirin and garlic in a small bowl, divide into two portions. In a shallow 8x8" baking dish cover tofu with 1/2 of the sauce mixture, marinate for about 30 minutes. Make sure the tofu is as dry as possible before marinating. Put vegetables in a pan that is grill tolerant. Cover with the other half of the sauce, marinate for about 30 minutes as well.
  • Wipe a light layer of canola oil onto your grill grates. Pre heat the grill to medium temperature. On one side put marinated tofu directly on grill grates. The pot or grill basket goes on the other side of the grill. Tofu will grill for about 6-7 minutes per side. Carefully flip with tongs or a flipper. If the tofu sticks to the grill, brush with some more oil. The vegetables will stay on the grill for a total of about 20 minutes or until cooked to your liking, stir occasionally. Serve with soba noodles and any desired garnish.
  • Notes
  • You can cook your veggies in a pan like I did here or use a grill basket If you want more of a steam then go with the pan. For a little char go with the basket. If using the pan than you will have some sauce to pour over the dish when serving.
  • The Trader Joe's extra firm tofu just needs to be pat dry with a towel. The firmer the tofu the better it will grill. The heartier & tastier your results will be too. I suggest [pressing your tofuhttp://sweetcheeksinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2010/08/making-baked-or-grilled-tofu.html] overnight in the fridge if it is not extra firm.
  • This recipe can be served cool, room temperature or hot.
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2011/06/27/grilled-tofu-with-summer-squash-and-soba-noodles-recipe/

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Our awesome sponsor ManPans is providing one lucky reader with a 10 inch Stir Fry Wok and Steamer Set valued at $135.00. These pans are red hot in the culinary world for many good reasons. They are eco-friendly, made in the USA and extremely durable, They can take the heat too, ManPans are safe up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit. The finish on these pans won’t cook, chip or flake off. You can even use it on the grill as I did.

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This week’s theme is anything Vegetarian. Remember, your recipes do not have to be made on the grill. Any backyard barbecue-appropriate recipe will do.

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1 Rosa June 27, 2011 at 12:34 am

A delicious and very summery way of preparing tofu!

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 yummychunklet June 27, 2011 at 12:50 am

I love grilled tofu! I’ll have to link up some grilled goodness from this weekend’s 4th of July picnics!

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3 Maris(In Good Taste) June 27, 2011 at 1:33 am

Ever since my visit to @Danatreat in Seattle I have been enjoying lots of tofu! Yours looks delicious and will be my next tofu dish

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4 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 27, 2011 at 1:40 am

I have so many vegetarian/vegan recipes.

As in, 99.99% of them are plant based. I have 1 fish recipe and 1 turkey recipe on my entire site of 400+ recipes so anything I have is veggie friendly pretty much.

But I dont have any pics as pretty as yours :)

Stunning. Just LOVE THAT PINK plant underneath…did you make that? Buy it? I need to really go to home depot and get it going with the DIY wood plank painting projects but kinda busy for all that these days!

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5 Marla June 27, 2011 at 5:37 am

Averie I am afraid those boards need to be more distressed but for now they will do. Looking like a paint job & not an old farm table. But….that takes a lot more muscle and time. Guess they get the job done ;) I am not sure what pink plate you are talking about. The wood?

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6 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. June 27, 2011 at 5:32 am

Great way to cook tofu in the summertime!

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7 Jeanette June 27, 2011 at 7:00 am

Gorgeous pictures of your grilled tofu! I love cold soba noodles in the summer – and your marinade sounds delicious!

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8 Grace@ Food-Fitness-FreshAir June 27, 2011 at 7:16 am

I LOVE grilled tofu, and this recipe looks like a good one. Unfortunately, my grill is currently broken at the moment, or I’d totally enter the meatless portion of this contest! I’ve been loving following the themes, even if I can’t participate.

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9 Marla June 27, 2011 at 7:37 am

Grace, we are accepting all recipes for each category. Not just grilled. The idea is to build community, share great recipes and not leave anybody out. So please go ahead and link up those recipes. I know you have tons of great ones!

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10 Maria June 27, 2011 at 7:16 am

I love this meal and Mans Pans are awesome!

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11 The Duo Dishes June 27, 2011 at 7:45 am

We have so many friends who do not understand just how tasty tofu can be if you prepare it right. The super firm tofu can do just about anything, and it works with so many different flavors. Great recipe for this one!

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12 Marla June 27, 2011 at 10:49 am

Hopefully we can convince all of those disbelievers that tofu can taste as great as any animal or creature of the sea. Though I will be keeping those in my bag o’ tricks too ;)

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13 Georgia Pellegrini June 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

These looks SO delicious Marla! This is one of my favorite things to eat. I think I should live with you. And I’m glad Man Pans signed on to be part of this great event you and Cookin Canuck are doing!

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14 Marla June 27, 2011 at 9:12 am

Georgia, if you live with me then I need some of your elderflower fritters pronto! Deal?

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15 Lucy June 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

Feeling so summery – and this looks very light and tasty

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16 teresa June 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

Marla~marla!
Just pinned this!
You make everything look YUMMY…and CUTE!
You are my favorite cook!
I adore YOU!
YOU know that…right!
Hugs from Bainbridge!
xo

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17 Marla June 27, 2011 at 10:38 am

Hi Teresa! Thanks for stopping by friend. Also, thanks for pinning this recipe. You know me, always trying to pretty up all that healthy food.
For some reason Pinterest does not set up my account & I would LOVE to join the party over there….hmmmm
Hope your summer is fabulous so far. I need to pop over to BIB to check out your Canadian travels.

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18 Cookin' Canuck June 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

What a beautiful recipe (and photos), Marla! I’m excited to see the recipes for this week’s Get Grillin’ event – I need more vegetarian meals in my rotation.

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19 Marla June 27, 2011 at 10:40 am

Dara, howdy partner! I know it is always great to have lots of vegetarian recipes available in the recipe box. They are so quick, easy and tasty. I nice diversion to all the meat, fish & poultry we eat around here.
Can’t wait to see everyone’s links :)

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20 Kalyn June 27, 2011 at 9:56 am

That does look like a fabulous way to cook tofu!

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21 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets June 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

Wow that looks so good thanks for including this veggie recipe!

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22 Angie's Recipes June 27, 2011 at 11:56 am

Looks fresh, simple and delicious!

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23 Katrina June 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Grilling tofu is such a good idea! Love this.

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24 Maria @ Scandifoodie June 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I love tofu and love it grilled too! This sounds like a perfect vegetarian meal :-)

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25 averagebetty June 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I love — alright — crave tofu and I’m all about the TJ’s extra firm come summertime! Your photos are beautiful!

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26 Sandy June 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Wow! You and Dara are giving tofu a whole new reputation. Beautiful dish.

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27 Faith June 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I love grilled tofu but I haven’t made it in so long! Yours sounds really delicious with that balance of flavors — love the oj in there! And what a pretty dish, Marla!

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28 Michelle June 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Tweeted the giveaway from @thekidcancook!

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29 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit June 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I’ve never grilled tofu, but after seeing this dish I’ll make a point to find some in the grocery this week. Looks yummy! :)

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30 Jennie June 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Here’s my recipe (it’s roasted in the oven, but you could probably achieve the same result on a grill.)

–Roasted Fennel–

Ingredients:
2 Fennel Bulbs, cut into wedges
olive oil
parmesan cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss fennel wedges with olive oil. Spread on a baking sheet in a single layer. Generously sprinkle fresh parmesan cheese over the fennel. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the fennel turns a lovely light caramel color.

Enjoy!

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31 Marla June 28, 2011 at 4:56 am

Jennie, thanks! That fennel sounds wonderful. The only difference with the grill is I would probably cook it shorter, flip more and watch it carefully. I must try this! Thanks for sharing a recipe for Get Grillin’.

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32 the urban baker June 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I’m loving this! Such a wonderful piece of tofu. Levi is salavating over this at the moment. Will you make this, invite us over? I will do the dishes!

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33 Marla June 28, 2011 at 4:57 am

Susan, for your company and then followed up by the dishes? Sure! Anytime :)

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34 kris (everyday oats) June 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Grilled tofu+soba=amazinggg.
And your pics are beautiful! how come my grilled tofu never looks like that! ;)

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35 Marla June 28, 2011 at 4:58 am

Hi Kris! Because usually the tofu we all make doesn’t get all prettied up for the camera & then have light bounced off it! :)

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36 The Cilantropist June 28, 2011 at 8:08 am

I have a great tofu recipe I can definitely add for this week – I think ‘vegetarian’ food is always my favorite, because often it just means I am eating healthy and seasonally. :) Love your photos on this post Marla!

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37 Marla June 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

Thanks Amanda! I agree vegetarian meals are a win in many ways. Thanks for sharing your tofu with us.

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38 Mariko June 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm

You’re reminding me how much I like grilled tofu.
A vegetarian grilled recipe? Cool. I did that twice this week already. I wonder if my husband would get out the grill for me just once more…?

I just read your father’s day post too. Your wedding pictures are sooooo cute. And what a sweet tribute to dads. xoxo

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39 Marla June 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Thanks Mariko. Wish I could actually get my dad outside grilling for me. I could use someone else cooking for a change. Ahhh the thought of it. He is extra good on the grill. Would probably need to twist his arm to do tofu though, he is a steak lover and not easily swayed ;) Beg your hubs…..bet he will if you are extra sweet.

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40 Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Your grilled tofu looks fantastic! I want that whole dish.

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41 HeatherChristo June 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Marla- this looks so yummy! and the photos are out of this world.

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42 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective June 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Oh Marla, this looks utterly amazing! It seems like it would be such a satisfying “healthy” dish. The kebabs are a fun idea as well. :)

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43 Caroline June 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I dont have a blog, but my favorite vegetarian recipe for summer has to be a big watercress salad, with grilled pears. you combine a big head of watercress (making sure all the stems are trimmed to a length of your liking), with a simple dijon mustard-lemon-olive oil-garlic vinaigrette. (i like to let the vinaigrette sit for a while to let the flavors meld before i add it to the salad) you simply core and slice the pears and brush them with a mixture of lemon juice and brown sugar, then place them on the grill, flipping them when they start to brown. after you remove them from the heat, add them to the top of the watercress. next, take blue cheese and crumble it on top of the pears (i like to do this as soon as i remove the pears from the grill and place them on the salad, so that the cheese starts to soften or melt a bit). grind some black pepper over the top and add the vinaigrette, and enjoy! this is an amazing, incredibly sophisticated summer meal, and even the most dedicated carnivore wont miss meat at all when eating this!! feel free to add strawberries, some sweet corn, sugar snap peas, red onions, or any other kind of vegetable or fruit, if you like!
i can only imagine how great the pears would taste if they were cooked in that amazing pan, by the way- it would be a great way of making this dish in the colder months!! :)

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44 Marla June 28, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Caroline, that sounds fabulous. Bet that brings out so much flavor in those grilled pears. The dressing sounds fabulous. Makes me want to grill your recipe and take some photos – then have a feast! Very sophisticated, yet very do able recipe.

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45 Miranda June 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I like to do a grilled salad – brush olive oil on peach halves and grill. Sprinkle with feta cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette.

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46 bridget {bake at 350} June 29, 2011 at 5:23 am

You make tofu look GOOD! ;)

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47 Maureen June 29, 2011 at 5:58 am

As requested I added my potato recipe. I’ve done all the steps to help you promote your event. I’m not in the US so not eligible – best of luck to everyone!

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48 Marla June 29, 2011 at 6:12 am

Maureen, we LOVE having you anyway. Thanks for adding your delish potato recipe & thanks so much for helping to promote Get Grillin’ on your blog.

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49 Marina {Yummy Mummy} June 29, 2011 at 9:40 am

Hi Marla! Thanks for letting me know about this! Love it. We do a lot of vegetarian dinners, so I can’t wait to check out all the entries!

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50 Kate@Diethood June 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

You and Dara make tofu look like a million bucks! :)

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51 Marla June 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Thanks Kate, you are so sweet :)

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52 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 30, 2011 at 12:58 am

Sounds pretty amazing, I just love soba noodles!

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53 Joanne June 30, 2011 at 5:33 am

Well, I’ve never grilled tofu before but I think I’m going to need to for this upcoming barbecue weekend! Yours just looks too good not to!

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54 Deb @ Green V-Neck June 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm

YUM! I bake tofu several times a week but have never attempted grilling it. I am going to do so now!

One other thing–buckwheat IS gluten-free, but commercial soba noodles almost always contain wheat. Thanks for the recipe!!

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55 Marla June 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Deb, I did not realize Buckwheat was gluten free – I was almost certain those soba noodles were not. If the package does not clearly say GF then I know to be careful. Thanks for stopping by & I hope you get to grill up some tofu soon. You will love it!

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56 Angela FRS July 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

I Stumbled this post! This has been really fun–thanks for doing this. The tofu looks delicious.

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57 lindsay July 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm

what fabulous recipes everyone has submitted! love this!!! Lots of creative ideas for a fourth of july weekend ;)

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