This easy Tofu Satay recipe has a savory lemongrass-coconut marinade for a flavor-packed, vegan and gluten-free dinner with peanut sauce for dipping.

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If you’ve seen satay being cooked on a smoky outdoor grill on the street, then you know the mouthwatering smell (and flavor). Usually, satay is made with thin slices of beef, pork or chicken. For vegans and vegetarians, tofu is usually the alternative protein offered, so this is my take on this popular south Asian street food. It reminds me of all the years my family spent in Thailand and brings me right back!

This vegan satay is made with tofu for a high-protein dish that’s full of bright, savory flavor. This is a perfect vegan grilling recipe for summer.

How to Make Vegan Tofu Satay

The first step in making this satay is to prepare the marinade and let your tofu absorb all of the flavors.

To maximize the flavor, make your marinade in a high-speed blender. You want to break down the lemongrass and other aromatics so the tofu can absorb as much flavor as possible.

Marinade Ingredients

  • Lemongrass, which is a lemony, woody herb. On its own, lemongrass isn’t edible, but when you blend it into a smooth marinade, it adds tons of flavor.
  • Shallot. This adds deep savory allium flavor.
  • Garlic. More savory, earthiness.
  • Coconut aminos. You can substitute coconut aminos with gluten-free or regular soy sauce as well.
  • Coconut milk. This helps tenderize the tofu and adds a nice creaminess to the sauce.
  • Turmeric. This adds a nice color and earthy flavor to the tofu.
  • Cumin and coriander. I love these warming spices.

Serving Suggestions

The classic dipping sauce for satay is peanut sauce. Here’s my favorite easy peanut sauce recipe. You can also make it with almond butter if you don’t eat peanuts. Or sunflower seed butter for a nut-free option.

Other toppings include fresh cilantro, hot chili flakes and a squeeze of fresh lime.

I love enjoying this tofu alongside crunchy and refreshing Pad Thai Style Salad.

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Satay without a Grill

Traditionally satay is grilled on skewers. It gets a nice char on all sides.

However, if you don’t have a grill, you can still make this recipe! You can also make it in an air fryer or regular oven. Simply roast the satay at 370°F until crisp on all sides.

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Tofu Satay (vegan, gluten free, oil free)

  • Author: Remy


This vegan tofu satay has a flavor-packed marinade with lemongrass, coconut milk, and turmeric and makes a healthy, high-protein grilled dinner.


  • 16 oz high protein or super firm tofu

satay marinade

  • 1 stalk lemongrass, white parts
  • 1 large shallot
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander

serve with:


  1. Pat your tofu dry and cut into cubes. Place in a large dish (this is where it will sit while marinating)
  2. In a food processor or high speed blender, blend together all marinade ingredients. Pour into the tofu dish and let tofu marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Soak your wooden skewers in water before cooking and skewer your tofu chunks. Grill or bake, cooking on both sides until nicely charred. If air frying, cook at 370F for 6-7 minutes or until surface is nicely golden brown.
  4. Serve with peanut sauce, garnishes and enjoy.

Filed under: Eat, Gluten Free, High Protein, Main Dishes, Snacks

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BY Remy • August 3, 2021

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