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teriyaki grilled tofu with grilled pineapple + coconut rice

It’s grilling season.

I’m so very excited!!

Not only does this mean a cooler house [from turning the oven on less] it usually means less to clean.  Usually.

If meat isn’t your thing, fear not.  The grill is used at least 4 times a week at our house for a wide variety of foods.  And if meat is your thing, maybe I can show you a few new foods to try throwing on your grill this summer.

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You can grill practically anything.  Except sauce.  Unless you have one of those fancy grills with a burner on the side where you can cook things in a pot or pan.  Then you can really do away with your oven in the summer.  And then I’m very jealous of you.


I’ve had this meal on my mind for some time now and it finally came into fruition this weekend.  We shared the meal with friends, some of who love tofu + some who are on the fence about it.  Reason being, a too-soft texture and oftentimes flavorless.

Enter this recipe.

  • using extra firm tofu and pressing it for at least 20min is crucial for the texture
  • grilling helps tremendously with the texture and flavor
  • marinating tofu gives a boost of flavor


While at the store I checked out the back of a teriyaki sauce bottle, noted the ingredients, and then whipped up a batch at home.  I also made a dressing to pour overtop, which I’ve now made 3 days in a row.  Obsessed.

There is no need to feel intimidated about grilling tofu.  If you follow one simple step you shouldn’t have any problems.  I learned this after a major fail the last summer when the outer layer fully stuck to the grill. 

Tip! Grease the grates after the grill is fully heated!  I had absolutely no issue with the tofu sticking at all and have tried multiple times.  I greased with a high heat safe oil [safflower] and a silicone sauce brush.

I suppose you want the recipe now?


Fair enough.

Print this!

Teriyaki Grilled Tofu with a Sweet + Spicy Vinaigrette [serves 6-8] The “notes” section follows all recipe instructions.

  • 2-3 – 8oz blocks extra firm tofu
  • 6 Tbsp cup tamari/soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp honey/maple syrup
  • 1 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  1. Drain the liquid from the tofu and slice evenly into 8 slices.  About 1/4 inch wide.  Detailed tofu pressing tutorial + tofu grilling instructions.
  2. Double up a kitchen towel and lay the slices flat on the towel.  Double up another towel and place overtop.  Place a large cutting board on top and stack a few large, heavy books.  Press for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Put all of the ingredients [except the tofu] into a blender and blend until combined.  If using a hand-whisk, make sure your garlic is minced.
  4. In 1-2 large plastic bags place the tofu inside in 1-2 even layers.  Pour half or all [depending on how many bags] of the marinade inside, press the air out, and refrigerate for 1-4 hours.  Flip the bag once or twice while marinating.
  5. After marinating, heat your grill to about 350-375*. 
  6. Once hot, grease the grates thoroughly with a grill brush and oil or with a misto spray canDo not use an aerosol grease can, as it can cause large flames.  Any oil can cause flames but the misto can or brush/oil method is much safer.  If using a misto can, you may want to spread the oil with a brush as well.
  7. Place the tofu in a single layer on the grill, leaving about 1-2 inches between each piece.
  8. Grill for 5-8 minutes, depending on how well done you like your tofu.  The grill marks will show up pretty quickly, but the tofu is not burnt. 
  9. Flip the tofu with a sturdy metal spatula and cook on the other side for another 5-8 minutes, until it’s done to your liking.  I usually cook about 1/2 well done and 1/2 a little softer because of the hot spots on my grill.

Sweet + Spicy Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey/maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp grain mustard
  • 3/4 tsp ginger, minced
  • 3/4 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne [optional]
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 5-6 days.  Shake/stir before using.
  3. Pour overtop the tofu + pineapple to serve.

Grilled Pineapple

  • 1 pineapple
  1. Make 1/2-inch thick slices of pineapple and cut the center core out of each slice.
  2. Grill at 350-375* [on a pre-heated grill] for about 2-4min per side.  *If your pineapple seems slightly dry you may want to coat it lightly with balsamic vinegar and a little oil before grilling.

Creamy Coconut Brown Rice [serves 6-8]

  • 2 cup short grain brown rice
  • 1, 15oz can low-fat coconut milk [1.5 cups]
  • 2.5 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil
  1. Combine all ingredients in a pot.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover + simmer for about 50min until liquid is absorbed.  Do not stir.
  4. Turn heat off and let the pot sit, covered, for 10min.
  5. Fluff with fork.

notes: If only making 1 block of tofu, use 1/2 of the teriyaki sauce to marinade and use the other half for dipping, if desired.  Sub maple syrup in both recipes to make this a vegan meal.  I cooked the rice beforehand, let cool for awhile, and stored in the fridge.  To reheat, I added 1T coconut oil to a large pan and stirred the rice until hot.


If you have leftovers throw them on a salad, top with your new favorite dressing, and call it a day.

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More grill action coming soon.


Reader Comments (19)

Great meal for summer!
June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaria
This sounds mighty delicious! Yum!
LOVE grilled pineapple - there's nothing that beats it!
June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
This. Was. So. Good.

So. Good.

Ashley--> Woop woop! Thanks, neighbor!
June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey
We started grilling tofu based on a recipe you posted in the past & just love it! I can't wait to try this one!

Ashley--> That's awesome!! Thanks for letting me know!
June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarissa
I totally admit I use bottled teriyaki sauce for the convenience but I had no idea how easy making my own can be! Thanks for the recipe!
June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
i'm digging the sauce recipe! sounds perfect for anything!

Ashley--> You must make the sauce!!! I already memorized the recipe!
June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
YUM! I assume this would work with chicken too...the meat-eating machine that dwells here would most definitely scoff at tofu.
June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
Your salad looks divine! I have never liked tofu (the texture just doesn't do it for me), but I may have to try grilling it!

Ashley--> If you don't like it grilled, then you really just don't like tofu. :) I always try to grill it or broil it for people before I let them conclude they definitely hate it. haha I'm anxious to hear if you try it out!
Mmmmm this looks so amazing Ashley! Grilled pineapples are so delicious and so pleasing to look at~because you know, food is always better when it's really pretty. :)
i'm just wondering, what made you start eating tofu more often? i know before you were kind of iffy about it and i have been recently too!

Ashley--> Hi Kate! Thanks for your question. I have been meaning to update this info on my about page for awhile now. :) You are right. I used to be a lot more skeptical of soy products. However, after a lot more research, my personal conclusion is that eating a few servings of whole-soy each week is okay. I really think it's the processed, GMO, non-organic soy that you have to be careful with. Since I keep most processed foods out of my diet, I am confident that my consumption of processed soy is quite minimal. I'm not obsessive about it, try my best to keep it out. So, I buy organic non-GMO tofu + tempeh, once in awhile I buy organic non-GMO soy milk, and once in a great while edamame. I would say we include tofu + tempeh about once a week each. Sometimes not at all though. I switch up to soymilk once in awhile just for a change of pace [and I actually do love it!] but probably not even monthly. This is what I've found works best for us and with the research I've done I feel confident it's okay. There are so so so many things you can question in the your diet, it can really drive you crazy! :)
June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate
I love tofu, but I've never tried grilling it before. It looks delicious! Unfortunately, I don't have an outdoor grill. I wonder if it would work to grill it on a panini press.

Ashley--> It would definitely work on a panini press!
June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
I have avoided tofu for those reasons, but you may have convinced me. recipe and photos look great!

Ashley--> I think a lot of times people try it out at restaurants [typically thai/indian/etc] and it's usually just cubed and steamed, hence the soft and tasteless qualities. Let me know if you give it a shot!
That looks amazing! It's like summer in a bowl. I need to go buy some pineapple asap.
June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLea
I love grilling vegetables! One of my favorite things to grill is cabbage! It sounds so weird, but with the right marinade and technique, it's perfect!

Ashley--> I totally believe that grilling cabbage is delicious. Have you ever tried grilled romaine? Yum!
I love the combination of flavors in this meal! Pineapple, coconut, ginger... yum! So summery!
This looks really great. Grilled teriyaki tofu, grilled pineapple, AND coconut rice? Yum! My lucky sister inherited our bbq when we moved to from Canada to Sweden, and now we're dealing with these silly little grills that just aren't the same as what we're used to working with. But I'm we still try our best, and now I know what I'm going to try next time we attempt to grill!
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
This looks delicious; thank you for sharing! Unfortunately, I don't have access to an indoor (or outdoor) grill, but I'd still like to try this. Could I still be (somewhat) successful with this recipe using an oven or even a skillet?
June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClaire
Great recipe!!! The grilled pineapples and coconut rice is the best!!! Thank you, thank you!
April 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterila

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