This past week as my husband and I were setting up our new gas grill (which truthfully was set up entirely by sweet husband), I started thinking about this super-delicious marinade that I used to make years ago. Of course this was long before I became vegan, but I used to make an  incredible Korean-style sweet garlic sesame scallion marinade for flank steak. I would marinade it for days, and the flavor only continued to get better. It was so good you wanted to put it on everything!

I decided to recreate the marinade, but this time subbing agave for the sugar (and cutting it back a bit), using gluten-free soy sauce, and then marinating tofu in it. I’ve made the tofu several times already, and found that the tofu is great marinated for several hours, but equally good marinated over night. The tofu can then be grilled, eaten straight out of the marinade uncooked (which was fantastic), pan-fried or baked. The best part is that the leftover marinade doubles as a sauce, so you can spoon it over your grilled tofu, steamed rice or grains, or even grilled vegetables. We had rice bowls with it last night, and along with the extra marinade as a sauce, I also made a quick peanut sauce based on this one. It was sooooo good! 

The flavors of the marinade develop and deepen as it sits with the tofu. If you’re making it for a crowd, you can easily double the recipe. When I made it the first time, I put it in a zip top plastic bag along with the tofu, and then shook and flipped the bag every couple of hours. 

To mix things up, you can add a small drizzle of seasoned rice vinegar and or some chili flakes or finely diced jalapeños. That’s part of the fun of this recipe, as you can customize it to your personal taste. If you prefer a less sweet marinade, you can reduce the agave to 2 tablespoons.

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Garlic Sesame Scallion Tofu
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This delicious Korean-style marinade is amazing with tofu, and takes just minutes to make. It's also gluten-free and vegan.
Servings
3-4 people
Ingredients
Ingredients
Servings
3-4 people
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil. agave, and water until well mixed. Stir in the scallions, garlic and sesame seeds. You can add a small drizzle of rice vinegar and or some chili flakes, if desired.
  2. Place marinade in a large zip-top bag (or covered dish), along with the tofu and marinate for several hours or overnight, shaking and flipping the bag as necessary so that the tofu is evenly coated with marinade. It might not totally cover the tofu with marinade, but it will evenly marinate by flipping it periodically.
  3. When ready to grill, remove the tofu from the marinade and place on a hot oiled grill. Reserve the extra marinade to serve as a sauce (or use it to marinate more tofu). You can also eat the marinated tofu uncooked, on a sandwich or diced in a salad.
  4. Variations: To mix things up, you can add a small drizzle of seasoned rice vinegar and or some chili flakes or finely diced jalapeños. If you prefer a less sweet marinade, you can reduce the agave to 2 tablespoons.

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