Tofu marinated in a sweet and savory hoisin sauce with spicy ginger. This easy Ginger Hoisin Tofu makes a perfect weeknight meal. It is incredibly versatile since you can use the leftovers in all sorts of dishes. Serve it over quinoa, rice or cauliflower rice.
This sweet and savory Ginger Hoisin Tofu has been my latest go-to meal. Served over quinoa, rice or cauliflower rice, it is an easy versatile weeknight meal. The leftovers are perfect for using in all sorts of dishes.
If you've never had hoisin sauce, you are in for a treat. It is a soybean-based sauce commonly used in Chinese cuisine as a glaze or dipping sauce. It has a sweet and savory taste.
Here, I've married it with ginger to add a slightly spicy flavor. I cooked the tofu on the stove, but a grill would work nicely too.
Pair the tofu with some quinoa or rice, plus a side of veggies, and you have a complete meal. Better yet, pair it with cauliflower rice and you don't need any extra veggies.
What To Do With Tofu
Are you unsure of what to do with tofu? Maybe you've had a few recipes that you've tried, but want something different. Well, I am here to help.
I know a lot of people who say that they don't like tofu. I say they just haven't prepared it enough ways.
Tofu is incredibly versatile. It can be made into Baked Tofu Fries, Tofu Frittata, Tofu Scramble, and even Chocolate Pudding. It can be baked, fried, grilled, roasted, blended, and boiled. The sky's the limit.
It takes on the flavors that you marry with it. If you don't like it one way, you might like it another way.
I know some people who only like it deep fried, the way many restaurants serve it. You can deep fry it at home, or not-so-deep-fry like in my Crispy Teriyaki Tofu and Cauliflower Rice
Aside from marinating the tofu, this recipe comes together pretty quickly. After marinating the tofu, you cook it until the tofu is golden brown on both sides.
- Ginger Hoisin Tofu: Mix hoisin sauce, ginger, tamari, brown rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and water.
- Drain and press tofu. Slice and marinate in mixture and hour to overnight.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Cook on both sides until golden brown.
- Quinoa: Rinse quinoa thoroughly.
- In a medium saucepan bring water and quinoa to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook about 15 minutes, then let sit 5 minutes until fluffy.
- Serve over quinoa, rice, cauliflower rice, or rice noodles.
This recipe will last about 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
Ways To Use Leftovers
- Add it to pizza with some red pepper, pineapple and green onions.
- Include it in sushi rolls with some sliced cucumber.
- Pile it on fusion tostadas with some mango and Sriracha Hummus.
- Stuff it in some tacos with pickled cucumbers and onions.
- If you decide to eat it with quinoa or rice, I would recommend doubling the sauce or serving it with hoisin sauce straight from the jar. That way you have extra sauce to drizzle over the dish.
- The marinade covers a lot of the quinoa, which is what I ate it with, but I like things saucy, so I used extra hoisin sauce on mine.
- If you buy your quinoa in bulk, make sure to thoroughly rinse your quinoa. It contains saponin, which gives it a soapy or bitter taste if not rinsed. If you buy packaged quinoa, make sure that it says it was rinsed before packaging.
- You can toast your quinoa for a more nutty flavor before adding liquid and cooking it.
Variations / Additions
- red pepper
- snow peas
- bok choy
- cauliflower rice
- brown or white rice
- rice noodles
Other Asian Inspired Recipes
- Tofu and Thai Noodles with Peanut Sauce
- Baked Tofu Temaki Sushi with Cauliflower Rice
- Gluten Free Vegan Tempura
- Sweet Potato Sushi Rolls with Quinoa
Tofu with Ginger Hoisin Sauce makes a versatile meal. The sweet and savory flavors will have you coming back for more!
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You May Need
Ginger Hoisin Tofu
Ginger Hoisin Tofu
- 5 tablespoons gluten free hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
- 2 tablespoons low sodium gluten free tamari
- 2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- ½ cup water
- 14 ounce extra firm tofu drained and pressed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- Ginger Hoisin Tofu: Mix hoisin sauce, ginger, tamari, brown rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and water. Slice tofu into large rectangles and add them to the marinade. Marinate for an hour to overnight.
- In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Place marinated tofu (not the marinade) in pan, and cook until golden brown on each side.
- Quinoa (if using): Rinse quinoa thoroughly. Bring water and quinoa to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add salt. Cook for about 15 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes until the water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy and tender.
- Serve ginger hoisin tofu over quinoa, rice or cauliflower rice along with marinade*.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results
Loved this recipe. I made it on a Sunday afternoon, so had to make a few substitutions. I used a teaspoon and a half of smoked ginger powder since I didn't have fresh (go figure - who doesn't have fresh ginger -.. I also added a tablespoon of maple syrup "just cause". I served it on basmati rice since, again, that's what I had on hand, with a side of roasted roasted brussel sprouts. So delicious. Thank you!
Willow Moon says
Thanks Barbara, I'm so glad that you liked it!
This is delicious! I ate it with brown rice and added some steamed broccoli.
Madison Pollard says
Mmm I love how simple this is and the photos look INCREDIBLE!
This looks delicious! I never know how to make tofu so I’ll have to try this !
This looks so succulent and delicious. As I am reading I am thinking that this may also work with ponzu. This is awesome comfort food and worth trying out. Thanks for sharing.
Willow Moon says
I don't think I have ever had ponzu. I am going to have to look for it the next time I go to the grocery store.
Cat Chiang says
Yum! This looks so delicious.
I love this! I am a vegetarian so this is perfect for me because I am always looking for new ways to spice up my tofu! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂
This looks great. I'm gluten-free so I was so excited the day I discovered gluten-free hoisen sauce. I'm pinning this right now so I can make this later!
Now I know what to make for dinner tonight!
Willow Moon says
I hope you enjoy it!
daneen rogers says
I have a love-hate relationship with tofu! I like it "in" dishes but not as a main...I do love love love this marinade though and think it would soooo good over salmon! Pinning this to my strictly vegetarian board too! Thanks for a great recipe!