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Vegan Grilled Tofu Satay on Zucchini Slaw Salad


Want to throw a summer barbecue and need some plant-based ideas for your vegan or vegetarian friends and family members? Try these amazing Grilled Tofu Satay Kabobs, on a salad, with noodles with the sauce as dressing or alone with a dipping sauce instead!


They make for a wonderful plant-based alternative to meat for grilling in the  summer. The smokiness and umami flavor of the marinated tofu paired with a nutty, creamy peanut sauce is truly a flavorful combination. This dish is sure to impress your guests, vegan or not!


What do I need to make Asian slaw?

  • 1 zucchini, julienned
  • 1 yellow summer squash, julienned 
  • 1/2 red onion, julienned
  • 1/2 purple cabbage, shredded
  • 2 large carrots, shredded, or julienned
  • 1 red pepper, julienned
  • 4 mandarin oranges, peeled, sectioned, and cut into bite-sized pieces

Just chop your veggies and mix together for a beautiful array of healthful flavors and crunch to top with you delicious tofu satay!


Why is Tofu great for you?


Tofu is made with minimal processing and is an excellent source of nutrition:


  • Tofu is a good source for protein and contains sources of iron, calcium, manganese and phosphorus. 
  • Tofu contains isoflavones that have estrogen-agonist properties which protect against some cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. 
  • Tofu is also gluten free, low calories, offers no cholesterol and contains nine essential amino acids. 


However, there are levels of risk for overconsumption, like many other products. Overall, adding a moderate amount of tofu to your lifestyle can be beneficial as there are large varieties of essential nutritions.  


What is the Best Type of Tofu for Grilling?


Tofu comes in an array of different textures such as soft, medium, firm and extra firm, Each texture, can be cooked differently in a variety of recipes. In this recipe, it is best to use firm or extra-firm tofu as these variants hold their structures better than softer tofu, allowing for ease of cooking and result in a wonderful char.


Sprouted Tofu is also a great option for this recipe as it is a plain firm tofu that many people have claimed to offer a cleaner taste and a more pleasant aroma especially when dressed in salad or tossed in a stir-fry. The firmness of the sprouted tofu will hold its structure after grilling and bring a different flavor to your kabobs. Nasoya® Organic Sprouted Super Firm tofu is pre-pressed, making it a time saver too!


Pressing Tofu is a method of packing the tofu so it will not fall apart, or end up soggy. When frying or grilling tofu in recipes, it is essential to press tofu to remove water from the tofu and help hold its shape, and also absorb sauces more effectively. Tofu that would most benefit from pressing are firm and extra-firm tofu. 


Tips for Grilling!

  • Soak skewers for ten to thirty minutes before grilling because without water, the skewers can burn to crisp and ruin the tofu. 
  • Using high quality bamboo skewers since the skewer is thicker and has a higher heat tolerance.
  • Using wooden skewers may require lowering the heat slightly or moving them to a lower area on the grill.


On top of making skewers, also add a zucchini slaw salad to be shared. Now it's ready to be enjoyed with your friends and family. 


Looking for more tasty plant-based meat alternative recipes to try at home?


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Please comment below any major alterations to this recipe you made or your favorite tofu or plant-based recipes! This recipe was originally posted by Kathy on kathysvegankitchen. Remember, you can also share your own personal recipes with the Assuaged community on our ➡️Share Your Recipe⬅️ page!

Grilled Tofu Satay Vegan Kabobs

Grilled Tofu Satay Vegan Kabobs

Yield: 4
prep time: 25 M cook time: 20 M total time: 45 M


  • 1 14 ounce package extra-firmpackage extra-firm or sprouted tofu
  • 1/4 cup preferred nut butter
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/8 cup water
  • Chopped peanuts (for garnish)
  • Chopped green onions (for garnish)
  • Sesame seeds (for garnish)
  • 1 zucchini, julienned
  • 1 yellow summer squash, julienned 
  • 1/2 red onion, julienned
  • 1/2 purple cabbage, shredded
  • 2 large carrots, shredded, or julienned
  • 1 red pepper, julienned
  • 4 mandarin oranges, peeled, sectioned, and cut into bite-sized pieces


How to cook Grilled Tofu Satay Vegan Kabobs

  1. Start by soaking wooden grill sticks (if using) in a container and cover with water until ready to use.
  2. Then press tofu to release excess water, then cut into 1-inch strips. Set aside.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients into a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a little water at a time until desired consistency.
  4. Pour a small amount of the marinade into a container and place a layer of tofu, add little more dressing on top, and repeat. Set aside to marinate.
  5. Pre-heat grill to 400° F or medium-low.
  6. Gently, insert a grill stick into the middle of each piece of tofu.
  7. Place marinated tofu directly on the grill, 4 minutes on each side, for a total of 16 minutes.
  8. Remove from the grill, drizzle with remaining marinade, sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired and serve.
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