Another great lean protein for the grill pan is tofu.  Plain tofu is pretty dang boring; not much to look, mushy texture and not much flavor.  I jazz it up by hitting it with a pretty strong marinade overnight for flavor and color.  For extra color and a bit of contrasting texture I grill it.  The grill marks are a nice visual contrast and they add a little bit of crunch to the surface.  I have a little video of the process at the bottom of this post.

Grilled Tofu

In order to get the marinade to do much good you have to get some water out of the tofu.  I do this by pressing the tofu with a brick for a few hours.  After pressing the tofu gets cut into half inch slices and covered in Stubb’s Chicken Marinade in the refrigerator overnight.

Pat the tofu dry and add it to a pre-heated grill pan.  It only takes about two and a half minutes per side to heat through and get some nice marks.

I ate these plain as shown above.  These would be excellent on top of a warm rice salad or drizzled with dressing and served with some grilled green beans.  You get the idea…I’m not the most creative person in the world, I’ll leave that part to you.  What else would these be good with?


Here are some other takes on grilled tofu:

Grilled tofu and asparagus


Grilled Mexican tofu

If you are looking for ideas or equipment check out my page on grill pan starter sets!