Sweet and Smoky Tofu, Seitan, or Tempeh Marinade

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Sweet and Smoky Tofu, Seitan, or Tempeh Marinade

This is my go-to marinade as it goes with any kind of dish! The smokiness really makes the tofu, tempeh, or seitan have a meaty kinda vibe (in a good way).
My Notes:
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Meal Type: Dressings & Sauces
Special: 10 Ingredients or Less, 30 Minutes or Less, Freezer-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Nut-Free, Oil-Free, Soy-Free
Tool: Air Fryer, barbecue, Oven, Stove
Servings: 1 make enough marinade for 1 block of tofu or tempeh, or 2 seitan tenders
Calories: 407kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil *see notes for oil-free
  • 2 tablespoon(s) agave or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon(s) soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon(s) liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) chili powder
Instructions
  • Add all of the ingredients to a resealable bag or airtight container, mix, then add your sliced or cubed tofu, sliced or cubed tempeh, or your two seitan tenders. Let marinate for a minimum of 15 minutes or up to 4 days. 
  • Once marinated, cook up your seitan, tofu, or tempeh any way you like! Pan-fry, air-fry, grill, BBQ, bake. My favourite is to pan-fry over medium-high heat, a couple of minutes per side so it gets a bit crispy on the outside, and hot all the way through.
Notes
Tofu: If using tofu, use a medium, firm, or extra-firm tofu. It's also recommended to press the tofu first before marinating.
Speed: I designed each recipe to be SUPER quick and easy to make- no chopping, mincing, or cooking. Each recipe uses pantry staples- sauces, spices, and seasonings that you likely already have on hand. That said if you would like to sub in fresh herbs, garlic, or ginger, instead of the powdered versions, feel free to do so.
Make ahead: Marinate your tofu, tempeh, or seitan for a minimum of 15 minutes, but up to 4 days in the fridge for maximum flavour. Or you can toss them in the freezer. The seitan or tempeh freezes beautifully, but tofu changes texture when frozen (it gets kind of spongey), so freeze tofu only if you enjoy that texture. Some people love frozen tofu, some don't. 
Oil-free: If you prefer oil-free marinades, sub the oil in this recipe for water, vegetable broth, white wine, or aquafaba.
Soy-Free: for soy-free, substitute a soy sauce for a soy-free option such as coconut aminos.
Nutrition
Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Sodium: 2042mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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