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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.
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.
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.
Pat your tofu dry and cut into cubes. Place in a large dish (this is where it will sit while marinating)
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.
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.
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