I have a hard time with grilling. This is mainly due to being a vegetarian. I know, I know, you can cook just about anything on the grill, but most vegetarian foods have their own unique challenges. Veggie burgers fall apart, veggie dogs just aren’t that good, and tofu sticks to the grill like crazy.
So I haven’t done a whole lot of grilling at home. Then last year I visited a restaurant where they served tofu on a cedar plank. I never even thought to grill my tofu on a cedar plank! I’ve only ever seen recipes for cedar plank grilled fish, but why should fish have an exclusive license to cedar plank grilling?
I went home and tried making my own cedar plank grilled tofu, and it turned out awesome. This is actually a pretty ideal way to cook tofu, not just because it prevents it from sticking to the grill, but it also gives the tofu some fantastic flavor and texture. The plank gives the tofu a hint of woodsy taste, which is delicious. It’s also a gentler of a cooking method than putting the tofu right on the grill, so the tofu gets cooked nice and evenly. Marinating the tofu infuses it with flavor, and then brushing some of the marinade over the tofu while cooking packs in even more flavor.
Pretty much any kind of sweet fruit salsa would be delicious on top of these grilled tofu slabs. I went with cherry salsa, because (1) I’m taking every opportunity to eat as many summer cherries as possible while they’re in season, and (2) cherries are a particularly sweet and juicy fruit, which is perfect in contrast to the smoky grilled tofu.
You can find the cedar planks you need for this recipe in most supermarkets, usually where they stock seasonal items like grilling charcoal. I’ve also found they’re great for grilling veggies, so stock up and consider grilling your whole dinner on some planks.
For the cedar plank grilled tofu:
For the cherry salsa:
Make the cedar plank grilled tofu:
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