This versatile 4-ingredient tofu marinade gives tofu tons of flavor. This easy weeknight tofu can be cooked in a skillet or baked.
Tofu! Today, we're talking about tofu. More specifically, a truly flavorful 4-ingredient tofu marinade that you can rely on over and over again.
I always keep tofu in the back of my refrigerator. It stays fresh for a long time and it's perfect for those nights when you're almost out of groceries and don't know what to make for dinner.
Sometimes I make crispy tofu schnitzel, either served with noodles or in a toasted bun to make tofu "burgers."
But more often than not, this easy weeknight tofu is what my family is eating. It's so quick and easy, and so flavorful. Flavorful tofu is hard to find!
4-Ingredient Tofu Marinade
I've been using this tofu marinade for so long that I can't remember where it originally came from. I love the sweet/salty/tangy flavor and I also love how easy it is. You only have to look at the recipe once to commit it to memory.
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons oil (sunflower, olive oil, or sesame oil)
- 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
If you want the flavor to be less sweet, use a little less maple syrup. If you want it to be less tangy, use a little less balsamic vinegar.
Add More Flavor (optional)
- Grated or finely chopped ginger
- Garlic, finely chopped
I mostly use this marinade with tofu, but it can also be used for chicken, pork, or beef. It's versatile, flavorful and deserves a spot in your regular weekly meal rotation.
Skillet or Oven
Usually, I pan sear this tofu in a skillet. It only takes a few minutes. The sugars in the marinade caramelize quickly, giving the tofu a nicely browned exterior.
You can also bake the tofu, if you prefer an easy hands-off cooking method. Baking the tofu takes about 25 minutes.
More Easy Weeknight Dinners
- Sheet-Pan Soy Sauce Chicken and Broccoli
- Fried Rice Night!
- Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili
- Turkey Meatballs Baked with Polenta and Mozzarella