Rosemary Coffee Marinated Tofu

This heavenly marinated tofu is infused with a rich coffee and rosemary marinade, taking your tofu from drab to fab in 30 minutes!

Rosemary Coffee Marinated Tofu

So the boyfriend-tulip-man is Dutch, which means he tells things like they are. No sugar-coating. No fluff. And as an American, this took a lot of getting used to on my part. Like “I know I’m having a bad hair day, but just say it looks good, dangit!” But his habit for Dutch directness has a flip side; when he does give a compliment, its sincere. Enter this Rosemary Coffee Marinated Tofu.

Upon first bite of this marinated tofu last night, the tulip-man uttered…a compliment. He, the man of meat and cheese and more meat, could not stop complimenting the marinade. And insisted we make it again tonight. And I mean, I was already way excited to share this with you all but now I’m SO EXCITED!

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Rosemary Coffee Marinated Tofu
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Rosemary Coffee Marinated Tofu

This heavenly tofu is infused with a rich coffee and rosemary marinade, taking your tofu from drab to fab in 30 minutes!
Course Main Dishes, Side Dishes
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 pieces
Calories 127 kcal
Author Live Eat Learn

Ingredients

  • 1 14-oz block extra firm tofu 396 g
  • 1 cup coffee 236 mL
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the tofu into about the size and thickness of a deck of playing cards. You should get 4 pieces to 6, depending on your tofu block. Lay the tofu slices on a few layers of paper towels, and place a few more paper towels on top. Set a baking sheet on the tofu and top it with a heavy plate or pan. Allow the moisture to be squeeze out for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine coffee, rosemary leaves, garlic, brown sugar, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place tofu in a sealable dish or ziploc bag, then pour in the marinade. Set in fridge for anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 hours.
  4. Set tofu on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F (204 C), flipping halfway through.
  5. You can finish these off on a grill/panini grill or in a saucepan.
    For grill, place tofu on medium/high heat and cook 2 minutes on each side, until lightly browned.
    For saucepan, heat a splash of oil over medium/high heat and add tofu. Cook 2 minutes on each side, until lightly browned.

Notes

If you cook for a meat-eater, this works well on meats too! The tulip-man sautéed sausage with the marinade and the coffee blended perfectly with the flavors of the meat.

Nutrition Facts
Rosemary Coffee Marinated Tofu
Amount Per Serving (2 pieces)
Calories 127
% Daily Value*
Sodium 250mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2.2g 9%
Protein 11.2g 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Comments (14)

  1. My friend would love this. I will pass this on to her.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks for sharing, Bella! 🙂

  2. I love the use of coffee in this recipe! I will share this with my veggie pals!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks, Mica! Coffee is so great as a savory flavor! 🙂

  3. My hubs is vegetarian and makes a lot of tofu. I love that it takes on whatever flavour you add to it. This flavour combo sounds amazing!

    1. Sarah says:

      Yea it definitely does! And between baking to dry it out and grilling, this tofu take on a really great texture!

  4. I love the addition of coffee in this marinade. What a great idea! And you know you have a winner when your meat-eating other half asks for more tofu. 🙂

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks so much, Annemarie! I never would have thought coffee would be good in a savory dish but booooy was I mistaken!

  5. Wow what a great marinade. I have meat eaters in my family and think they would love this flavoring. Perfect for Tofu or meats.

    1. Sarah says:

      Yes definitely! It goes well with darker meats because the marinade itself has a really strong flavor. 🙂

  6. Pinning this to my Coffee Love board! This is a way to have tofu that I have never seen before, so tasty and creative, love it! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Sarah says:

      Aw thanks so much, Sara!

  7. Susan Kolb says:

    Coffee and rosemary! What a gorgeous combination. Thanks for this beautiful site!

  8. Looks so good. Coffee marinated sounds awesome, thanks a lot

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