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Charred Tofu and Veggie Skewers


Summer is in full bloom and the warm weather is an excellent opportunity to start grilling. As a plant-based option, these Charred Tofu and Veggie Skewers are a wonderful way to get creative during your next barbecue. Simple ingredients are transformed into a meal filled with smoky and bold, yet refreshing flavors.


This recipe works well as it is customizable to your preferences. Any vegetables, marinades, or seasonings can be used for your skewers, though the combination of soy sauce, barbecue sauce, and sesame seeds is a wonderful combination all on its own.



What Fruits And Vegetables Are In Season?



Fruits and vegetables that are in season during late Spring and Summer include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Squash (Eggplant, Summer, Zucchini)
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms (cultivated year round)
  • Mangoes
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches

How to Prep Tofu



  1. Wrap your block of tofu in a clean towel or paper towels.
  2. Place between 2 plates or 2 baking sheets and place something heavy to apply enough pressure, such as a pot or lid to a dutch oven.
  3. Do this while preparing the other ingredients and the tofu should be ready just before cooking, about 30 minutes should suffice.
  4. There are also tofu presses available, which are amazing if you plan to use tofu regularly!

Tofu comes in a variety of styles, differing mainly on texture. Typically, they include silken, soft, firm, extra-firm, and sprouted. For grilling, extra firm and sprouted tofu will yield best results.These are optimal choices as they mimic a naturally meaty texture and hold their structures while grilling, allowing them to char nicely as well!.


Pressing is a method that releases excess water out of the tofu. Watery or soggy tofu will not do justice to any dish, so this step is essential, especially for firm or extra firm tofu. This provides a meatier texture, crisper browning or charring, and ensures that the tofu won’t end up soggy and allows it to absorb sauces and marinades better, too. 


To avoid this step completely, try Nasoya® Organic Sprouted Super Firm Tofu instead. It’s pre-pressed and ready to go!


Prep and Grilling Tips





Take great care when grilling! To ensure that everything is evenly cooked, be sure to keep a close eye and rotate foods regularly. When working over an open flame, food can burn quickly and easily, especially tofu!


For more flavor, you can marinate the veggies and tofu ahead of time in your favorite homemade marinade mixture! Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and a squeeze of mustard with salt and pepper or your favorite spices is a great base to experiment with!


If using bamboo wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water in a baking sheet for at least 30 minutes before use to avoid them burning or catching flame.


Summer squash, mushrooms, and eggplant work wonderfully with this recipe, as well! We like to use veggies that are in season and can be cut into similarly sized pieces. Note that these all cook at a similar rate.


Adding other seasonings to your marinade, such as garlic powder, or glaze, such as Sriracha, can truly spice up your skewers! You can get really creative here!


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Please comment below to share your experiences with this recipe or other tofu or summer grilling recipes that you enjoy! You can also share your own personal recipes with the Assuaged community on our ➡️Share Your Recipe⬅️ page!

Charred Tofu and Veggie BBQ Skewers

Charred Tofu and Veggie BBQ Skewers

Yield: 4-6
prep time: 30 M cook time: 15 M total time: 45 M



How to cook Charred Tofu and Veggie BBQ Skewers

  1. Press tofu to extract liquid for at least 30 minutes. Then marinate in soy sauce or coconut aminos for 30 more minutes, flipping block once in between.
  2. Soak wooden skewers for at least 30 minutes if using. This prevents them from burning on the grill.
  3. Prepare veggies: slice zucchini, cut bell peppers, and red onions. Make sure every ingredient is cut to about the same size, about 1” cubes.
  4. Assemble skewers: stick vegetables and tofu alternately on bamboo sticks until you have used up all your vegetables.
  5. Heat a pan, grill pan or grill until sizzling hot and grease with some high-temp cooking oil. Cook skewers for a couple of minutes on each side and vegetables begin to soften and start charring. The tofu should be golden brown.
  6. Season with salt and pepper right at the end of cooking, then brush with barbecue sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  7. Remove from pan or grill and serve hot!
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