Looking for a great seitan or tofu marinade? Well, we got 12 seitan or tofu marinades in the house!!! After making my Vegan Seitan Tenders (a recipe designed to be similar to chicken), I've been having fun playing around with so many different flavour combinations and enjoying my seitan everywhere: on sandwiches, salads, pasta, as the main dish, in tacos or burritos, stir-fry, everywhere! Serving up my seitan with endless flavour combinations. SO MUCH YUM! So get ready, because with these seitan or tofu marinades, your life is about to take a turn toward the delicious!
How to Marinate Tofu or Seitan:
With these 12 Seitan or Tofu Marinade recipes on hand, you are on your way to some seriously scrumptious meals. Each recipe takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and makes enough to marinate 2 seitan tenders (or about 1 block of tofu), but you can make more or less as needed. Then just pop these in the fridge until ready to use! The flavours get even better the longer you marinate. Or you can put them straight in the freezer to save for another day. My 12 Seitan or Tofu Marinades are a real-deal game-changer! And for those of you looking to reduce the amount of plastics you are using, check out these reusable storage bags. I have a bunch in my kitchen and find they work perfectly when marinating my seitan or tofu. Now head on down to the recipe card and get marinating!
- Do I need to press the tofu before marinating? If using tofu, use a medium, firm, or extra-firm tofu. It's also recommended to press the tofu first before marinating.
- How long should I marinate tofu or seitan? Marinate your seitan or tofu for a minimum of 15 minutes, but up to 4 days in the fridge for maximum flavour or you can toss these in the freezer.
- Can you marinate and then freeze tofu or seitan? The seitan freezes beautifully, but tofu changes texture when frozen (it gets kind of spongey), so freeze tofu only if you enjoy that texture (personally, I’m not a fan).
- Why should I marinate tofu or seitan? In a word: flavor. By marinating seitan or tofu, you can elevate your meals to all sorts of levels. BBQ, Thai peanut, Italian spices, lemon mustard, it goes on. Marinating is key to a delicious tofu or seitan dish.
12 Seitan or Tofu Marinades
- 6 tablespoons BBQ sauce, (check to make sure it's vegan)
- ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
Lemon Mustard Marinade:
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoons jerk marinade, hot or mild (I like to do a combination of both)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
Thai Peanut Marinade:
Coconut Curry Marinade:
- ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
Sweet and Smoky Marinade:
- For any marinade you choose, simply add all of the ingredients to a resealable bag or airtight container, mix, then add your seitan tenders or sliced or cubed tofu. Let marinate for a minimum of 15 minutes or up to 4 days.
- These marinades are designed to be used with my Vegan Seitan Tenders recipe, but the marinades would also work gorgeously with tofu, tempeh, or another seitan recipe that calls for a marinade.
- If using tofu, use a medium, firm, or extra-firm tofu. It's also recommended to press the tofu first before marinating.
- Each recipe makes enough to marinate 2 seitan tenders or 1 block of tofu. Feel free to multiply or reduce the recipe as needed.
- I designed each recipe to be SUPER quick and easy to make- no chopping, mincing or cooking. Each recipe uses pantry staples- sauces, spices, and seasonings that you likely already have on hand. That said if you would like to sub in fresh herbs, garlic, or ginger, instead of the powdered versions, feel free to do so.
- Marinate your seitan or tofu for a minimum of 15 minutes, but up to 4 days in the fridge for maximum flavour or you can toss these in the freezer. The seitan freezes beautifully, but tofu changes texture when frozen (it gets kind of spongey), so freeze tofu only if you enjoy that texture (personally, I’m not a fan).
- If you prefer oil-free marinades, sub any oil in these recipes for water, vegetable broth, or aquafaba.
- Once marinated, cook up your seitan or tofu any way you like! Pan fry, grill, BBQ, bake. My favourite is to pan fry the seitan tenders over medium-high heat, a couple minutes per side so the seitan gets a bit crispy on the outside, and hot all the way through.