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Grilled or broiled tofu is topped with smooth and delicious cilantro avocado cream sauce. This vegan and gluten-free meal is a quick and easy weeknight dinner to enjoy all year long.

Grilled Tofu with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce

Grilled or broiled tofu is topped with a smooth and delicious cilantro avocado cream sauce that's vegan and gluten-free. Ready in under 20 minutes (not including marinating time), this is a perfect weeknight dinner for the family.

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan
Keyword avocado, quick and easy, tofu
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jessica Levinson

Ingredients

For the Tofu:

  • 1 pound extra firm tofu, drained and pressed* (see Notes below)
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • oil or cooking spray for grill or broiling rack

For the Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce:

  • 1 small avocado, pitted and peeled (~4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro, stems included (~1 ounce)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons water, if needed

Instructions

For the Tofu:

  1. Cut drained tofu into 1/4 inch slices and place in a bowl or a sealable container. 

  2. Whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, and grated ginger. Pour over sliced tofu and toss to coat. Cover bowl or container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  3. If using a grill, brush grill with oil or coat with cooking spray and heat to about 400 degrees. If using broiler, turn on broiler to highest setting and prepare your broiler pan or rack. I line a baking sheet with foil and place a broiling/roasting rack coated with cooking spray on top. 

  4. Remove tofu slices from marinade, reserving the marinade, and grill or broil.

    If grilling: place tofu slices on grill for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Brush tofu with reserved marinade, flip, and grill another 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Transfer tofu to a plate and brush with remaining marinade.

    If broiling: place tofu slices on rack and broil on top oven shelf for 4 minutes. Brush tofu with reserved marinade, flip, and broil another 4 minutes. Transfer tofu to a plate and brush with remaining marinade.

  5. Serve grilled or broiled tofu topped with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce.

For the Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce:

  1. Add avocado, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and salt to a food processor and blend until smooth and well combined. Add water as needed to thin the sauce, and puree to desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl and use immediately. (To reserve the sauce, top with a teaspoon or two of water and cover tightly with a container top or saran wrap.)

Recipe Notes

Total prep and cook time does not include the time for draining and marinating the tofu.

Directions to drain tofu: