This sweet and savory Grilled Sesame Peach Tofu is out of this world bursting with flavor. It’s simple to make, perfect for grilling season, but great year round as well!
Figuring out ways to use fruit with savory or dinner dishes, isn’t always easy, but this grilled sesame peach tofu hits the spot every single time.
You will be amazed at how much flavor you get with each bite and it makes and absolutely delicious way to continuing grilling once you’ve gone vegan.
The peach preserves pairs perfectly with the smokiness that you get from grilling every single time!
Pair it with your favorite pasta or potato salad during the summer or use it as a variation to remind you of summer during the rest of the year and pair it with some rice and broccoli! The possibilities are endless.
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Why You’ll Love This Dish
- Simple – This recipe doesn’t need a lot of ingredients to make it, yet you get huge flavor results
- Perfect for the Grill – Figuring out recipes to grill in the summer once vegan isn’t always easy, but this recipe is the absolute perfect way to do so!
- Gluten Free – this is an easy recipe to make for our gluten free friends
Gather your ingredients!
- Tofu – We are using super firm tofu in this recipe because it holds up well and doesn’t crumble or break when adding to skewers
- Peaches – to make the most flavorful peaches we recommend using peaches when they are in season.
- Cane Sugar – is used when making the peach preserves. The sweetness allowing for the caramelization of the peaches to get the perfect ratio that you are used to from jams and jellies
See my recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.
Substitutions and Variations:
- Tofu – Firm or Extra Firm tofu that has been pressed out will also work. Alternatively you could try this with Pumfu or chickpea tofu for a soy free option or use something like chickpeas or cauliflower instead.
- Peach Preserves – If you’d like this recipe to go even faster, you can skip making your own peach preserves and skip for a store bought alternative. If you do this, you won’t need the peaches, sugar or lemon juice.
- Cornstarch – is used to get the crispy coating on the tofu when shallow frying instead of grilling. You want to make sure to evenly coat and not over coat them as that will leave a floury taste that’s unpleasant. You can sub arrowroot if you need.
- Stretch this meal – Feel free to add vegetables like peppers or squash to the skewers as well. Or even something like mushrooms.
Step by Step Instructions for grilled peach sesame tofu:
Step 1. If making the peach preserves, add peaches, sugar and lemon juice to a pot and stir together.
Step 2. Allow to cook until it’s broken down and the mixture coats the back of a spoon.
Step 3. Allow your mixture to slightly cool.
Step 4. Add in half a cup of the peach preserves to the other sauce ingredients and stir together.
Step 5. Add lightly oiled, skewered tofu to a medium heated grill and grill each of the sides.
Step 5. Brush on the peach sesame sauce and allow to cook for a few minutes, careful not to burn. Remove from heat.
Yes. Replace the tofu with something like chickpea tofu or pumfu. The soy sauce can be subbed with tamari, coconut aminos or no soy soy sauce depending on your needs. Lastly, you can just omit the sesame seeds.
Yes. Once cooled, place in a sealed container and in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
Yes! This recipe can be doubled, tripled, etc to be what you need.
Yes, the excess peach preserves
Other Vegan Grill Recipes to Consider:
Grilled Sesame Peach Tofu
For the Peach Preserves (Omit if using jarred peach preserves)
- 1 lb fresh peaches, peeled and pit removed, cut into cubes
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 ½ cups cane sugar (add more sugar if desired)
For the Peach Preserves
- To a medium saucepan over medium high heat, add peaches and lemon juice. Stir together. Bring to a boil. Use a spatula or mashed to break down the peaches to desired size.
- Reduce heat to medium heat and add in the sugar. Stir together. Allow to boil, stirring frequently until it coats the back of a spoon (about 15-25 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool.
For the tofu
- Start grill and bring to medium-medium high heat (around 300-350 F).
- To a small bowl, add ½ cup of the cooled peach preserves, minced garlic, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame seeds, onion powder, smoked paprika, cumin and cinnamon. Whisk together well.
- Place each strip of tofu onto a wooden skewer. Lightly spray or brush with avocado oil (or another high heat oil). Place skewers on grill and heat for 1-2 minutes, flip and repeat until all four sides are grilled.
- When back to the original side, brush on some of the sauce and rotate every 30 seconds, brushing as you go. Remove from heat and serve with more sauce on the side.
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