Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Z's 3x Yellow Tofu Marinade

OK, so this recipe may have a weird title...but it's the best Z and I could come up with for his famous (well, in our house at least) tofu marinade recipe. You see, Z has been making this concoction for years, but it wasn't until last week I decided to write it down - and share it with all of you.

The inspiration to write it down came from my friends at Nasoya, who sent me a few coupons to try out their new TofuPlus products. TofuPlus is the first (and only) line of tofu “beefed up” with the nutrients commonly lacking in vegetarian and vegan diets. The best part? All of Nasoya's tofu products are organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

I'm a big fan of extra firm tofu when it comes to cooking, so I tried the Organic Extra Firm TofuPlus for this recipe. I really didn't find any difference in taste or texture between this tofu and "regular" tofu, but it was nice to know we were getting some extra nutrients in each bite - without compromising flavor.

So, what the heck makes Z's tofu marinade recipe three times yellow? Dijon, curry powder, and ground ginger. (OK, ginger is not really yellow, but you get the point!).

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Z's 3x Yellow Tofu Marinade
Yields: 3-4 servings
-1 package Nasoya Organic Extra Firm TofuPlus, drained and cut into cubes
-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
-1 teaspoon curry powder
-Pinch of cayenne 
-1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
-1 tablespoon olive oil (or canola or vegetable oil)
-Salt and black pepper, to taste

1.) In a medium-size bowl, carefully mix ingredients together. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
2.) Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in fridge. Let marinate for at least 1 hour (the longer the better).

We cooked our marinated tofu in a wok with sliced onion, garlic, pickled jalapenos, and a few sun-dried tomatoes (our current obsession) - but feel free to stir-fry this tofu with whatever vegetables you wish!

Z's 3x Yellow Tofu Marinade | The Economical Eater

The end result is a spicy, tangy, oh-so-flavorful tofu dish. The first time Z made this for me, years ago, I was skeptical of the Dijon - but trust me when I say, it works. Mixed with the other spices and ingredients, the Dijon gives the otherwise bland tofu a welcome punch of flavor.

Do you have a "famous" recipe in your house? If so, what is it?

Nasoya provided me with coupons to try their new TofuPlus products for free. As always, all opinions are my own.


  1. Love this idea! I'm always looking for ways to get more flavor into tofu.

  2. I've never tried mustard with tofu, but your recipe sounds delicious! Great idea to add pickled jalapenos too. I'll have to remember to try that.

  3. Sounds like a delicious marinade!