In defence of tofu, and a flavourful grilled tofu recipe

Tofu is one of those foods that you either love or hate. I grew up eating tofu (thanks to recovering hippy but still vegetarian parents), so I have a soft (silken) spot for it in my heart.

Tofu is basically soy bean cheese. It is made from soy milk that is coagulated then pressed into soft white blocks. Tofu comes in a variety of textures – from “extra-firm” to soft and silky (a.k.a “silken“). Texture is determined by the water content; the more firm the tofu, the more water has been removed (which can be replaced with flavour).

Tofu is also packed full of low calorie and inexpensive protein, perfect for vegetarians, those who want to reduce their animal protein intake or simply those who are on a budget.

Some say tofu tastes like nothing, and I agree, but that is the beauty of tofu. With a few boldly flavoured ingredients, you can make tofu taste amazing! It’s a flavour sponge!


This Cilantro-Jalapeño Grilled Tofu Salad has a super flavourful dressing, great for tofu, chicken or fish. And best yet, the tofu is grilled which gives it a slightly smokey and charred flavour. If you have never tried tofu, I suggest starting with this Quick & Easy recipe!


Photography by Jeff Coulson