This easy vegan garlic soy lime tofu needs just minutes to prep! So simple and just 6 ingredients. You’re going to love this one.
When you learn how to cook tofu the right one, it’s almost impossible not to love it. It can easily take on any flavor profile that you want it to have and this vegan garlic soy lime tofu is one of the best ways possible.
This particular dish uses the marinating and freezing methods and cooking tofu so that you have an absolutely delicious tofu meal. Eat it on its own, put it into a rice bowl, or use it in wraps. The possibilities are endless!
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Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF TOFU TO USE?
We prefer extra firm for this recipe and would highly recommend using that.
This recipe will also work if it’s just firm tofu. We do not advise using silken or soft tofu for this recipe.
HOW DO I PRESS OUT TOFU?
The easiest way to press out tofu is to use a tofu press. We use this tofu press because it’s easy to use and works great.
However, if you don’t have a tofu press then you could wrap the block of tofu in a kitchen towel, place it on a plate, and then put something heavy on top like a cast iron skillet.
DO I HAVE TO USE SOY SAUCE?
You can easily swap with coconut aminos. You can also use tamari sauce if you need something gluten free.
CAN I MAKE THIS TOP 8 ALLERGY FRIENDLY?
This dish is tofu based, so soy is something that is included as the main component.
However, you could make our the sauce and pair it with cauliflower, chickpeas, or broccoli. if you would like for it to be Top 8 Allergen free.
Can I prep this dish ahead of time?
This dish is best served immediately to remain crispy. However, you can continue to enjoy it for 2-3 days after making. If you want to make it crispy again, we recommend that you throw it into an air fryer for a few minutes.
Can I make this dish oil free?
A main part of the flavor in this sauce is the taste from the toasted sesame oil. While we highly recommend it and don’t recommend swapping, if you are adamant on an oil free dish, this you can swap with half the amount of vegetable stock.
Do I have to marinate the tofu first?
Marinating the tofu first just heightens the level of flavor that is in the tofu.
That being said, if you need the tofu faster, then you can make it quicker. The recipe calls for 4-6 hours of marinating; however, you could do it in as little as 30 minutes if needed.
Alternatively, you could also just leave it overnight if it’s better for you to do it that way as well.
CAN I AIR FRY THESE INSTEAD OF BAKING?
Yes! Set your air fryer to 375 degrees F. Let cook for 7-10 minutes or until desired crispiness. Do not overcrowd your air fryer with the pieces. Watch carefully as it’s easy to dry out tofu in an air fryer.
CAN I PAN FRY THESE INSTEAD OF BAKING?
Yes! Add the marinated tofu and sauce into a pan. Since there is oil in the sauce, you do not need to add additional oil. Cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until cooked through. Move around so all sides get crispy.
What are other vegan dinner ideas I would like?
If you like the flavors of this dish, then you will also love our chickpea, cashew and broccoli dish in garlic sauce skillet.
Other dishes that you may like are:
- Vegan Kung Pao Cauliflower
- Vegan Walnut Meat Cheese Fries
- Dairy Free Taco Casserole
- Vegan Italian Meatballs
- Dairy Free Alfredo
- Easy Dairy Free Spinach & Walnut Pesto
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Vegan Garlic Soy Lime Tofu
- 1 package extra firm tofu
- ⅓ cup low sodium soy sauce, (soy free substitution ideas in the post)
- ⅓ cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
- 3 tablespoon sesame oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (can sub w/ ½ teaspoon garlic powder)
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- cooked rice, quinoa, noodles
- steamed broccoli or sautéed spinach
- sesame seeds, optional
- Press and drain tofu by either wrapping in a towel and placing a heavy bottomed pot on top for 30 minutes or using a tofu press to go faster.
- Once tofu is pressed, slice in half and then into ½ inch cubes.
- In a ziploc bag, add cubed tofu, soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, garlic and black pepper. Seal bag, removing excess air, and move around to evenly distribute sauce and coat all pieces. Place in fridge for 4-6 hours.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place tofu onto a baking sheet and spread out evenly. Bake for 20-30 minutes, flipping every 7-8 minutes or until all sides are golden brown *Air fryer and pan fry methods described in post above. *You can discard the sauce or pour it with tofu onto pan. If pouring onto pan, it will take closer to 30 minutes, if not using, closer to 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve over rice or other optional dish.
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