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Marinated Tofu

The most delicious marinated tofu ever! After you marinate your cubed tofu pieces in a mixture of maple syrup, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, and garlic, you will saute the tofu in hot oil until they are crispy. SO amazing.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword tofu
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 5


  • 1 16 oz extra firm tofu
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp canola oil


  1. Press the tofu block one of two ways:

    1. Use a press (see my favorite press in the notes.) Press for 30 minutes.

    2. Place tofu block on a plate covered with a paper towel, place a baking sheet on top, then a heavy skillet on top of the baking sheet. Press for 30 minutes.

  2. Create marinade: In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup, sesame oil, garlic and ginger. 

  3. Place tofu pieces in a 13x9 pan and cover with marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for at least an hour, or overnight for even more flavor. I doubled the above recipe with two tofu blocks, so the 13x9 dish worked well for me. You can use 8x8 if you're using one tofu block.

  4. Cook Tofu: Pour 2-3 tbsp of canola oil in large deep skillet turn to high heat. Place tofu pieces in skillet and brown on one side. Very important: Let the pieces cook for 5 minutes, without moving them. With a large spatula, turn tofu pieces over to brown other side for another 5 minutes. Pour rest of marinade on tofu. Serve tofu over fluffy rice or salad. We served our's with shredded carrots and sprouts on the side - delicious. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Nora Cooks

  1. This is my favorite Tofu Press.  So easy to use and so easy to clean up! Tofu Press by Tofuture