Today my CSA partner in crime, Brandy, is taking over and talking tofu.
Stop. Don’t run away just because I said tofu.
Look at that picture below and tell me you don’t want to dive into that bbq mango abyss. It’s tempting me and I’m in the midst of a gelato and pasta free for all over here.
And if you are tempted by the horrific made up oreo concoction she mentions below, (which I think is hysterical & disturbing at the same time)
1. I have no idea why you’re on this site
2. please do the world a favor and resist the urge to make it. The asses of America thank you in advance.
So, thank you to Brandy and thank you to Averie for the recipe inspiration today. Enjoy, guys!
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be here! Gina and I know each other in real life but this is my first time guest posting here on Running to the Kitchen. I really hope you enjoy what this BBQ mango tofu I brought today.
It’s my try at being healthy.
I didn’t want to taint Gina’s blog with an Oreo stuffed deep fried donut drizzled with liquid Snickers hand pie.
Not that that exists, but I’m pretty sure after someone reads that they may give it a try…
I should admit that tofu is not something that makes a usual appearance in my house.
Unless it’s crispy air fryer tofu because that method is legit!
We are meat and potato people.
However, I knew I had to give this recipe a try after I saw it posted on Averie Cooks.
I saw the sticky glaze and sweet mango and all I could think of was “I want to go to there.”
Yes. I had a Liz Lemon moment.
After I brought home my tofu I stared it for a few minutes and finally called my little vegan brother to help me out.
He recommended freezing the tofu overnight, letting it thaw the next day and then draining.
Apparently letting the tofu freeze before cooking creates a better texture.
Now, after the draining process was complete I sliced it as evenly as possible and poured on the sauce.
I used a spicy mango bbq sauce but you could use just about anything that tickles your fancy. Regular bbq sauce, korean bbq sauce…it all works!
I let my tofu marinate for a few hours and then popped it under the broiler.
In a few short minutes I was eating a delicious lunch. Go me!
If you love the flavor combination of spicy BBQ with sweetness like in this BBQ mango tofu, definitely try this spicy mango shrimp recipe too!
For a more savory (without the sweet component) meal similar to this, try this sheet pan BBQ tofu dinner recipe. It’s a complete meal with broccoli, peppers and sweet potatoes!
More easy tofu recipes to try:
BBQ Mango Tofu
- 1 block extra firm tofu – frozen, drained and pressed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 12 ounces favorite bbq sauce
- 1/2 cup fresh chopped mango
- Freeze tofu overnight. Let thaw in sink and once thawed starting the draining process.
- Drain the lose water from the package and wrap the tofu in three paper towels. You want to make sure it’s wrapped up like a little tofu gift.
- Put on a plate and top with a small cutting board and heavy book (or cans, weights, etc.) You want to push down on the tofu to drain the water but careful not to squish the tofu.
- Put in the refrigerator and let drain for at least an hour but overnight is best.
- Once drained, slice evenly and lay out in foil lined 9×13 glass dish.
- Drizzle with olive oil and top with bbq sauce of choice. Let sit on the counter for about an hour to help the flavor marinade into the tofu.
- Put your broiler on high and cook for about 10 minutes. Flip tofu and cook for about 5 minutes on the other side. Once it’s browned on the edges take it out of the oven, top with mango, let it rest for a few minutes and enjoy!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.