Grilled Tofu Tacos with Gochujang Glaze (Vegan- and Gluten-Free-Optional)

Description

Grilled Tofu Tacos with Gochujang Glaze (Vegan- and Gluten-Free-Optional) -- smoky grilled tofu tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce and loaded into tacos with refreshing pickles carrots, cucumbers, scallions and sesame seeds.

Ingredients

14 ounces
package of firm tofu (drained and sliced crosswise into about 8 rectangular slabs)
2  
Medium Carrots (finely julienned or spiral cut)
2 tablespoons
rice vinegar
2 tablespoons
Sugar
1⁄4 teaspoon
Salt
1 tablespoon
avocado oil (plus more for grilling, or other light cooking oil)
1 tablespoon
toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon
dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon
honey
1 teaspoon
gochujang paste* (or more to taste)
2  
persian cucumbers (or 1/3 an English cucumber, julienned)
1⁄2 cup
kimchi (lightly drained and finely chopped)
1  
scallion (green + white parts finely chopped)
   
---FOR SERVING---
   
black sesame seeds
   
lime wedges
6  
taco-sized corn tortillas (we love the soft, handmade variety)

Notes

* this is the Gochujang paste I like

● We heat our tortillas in a dry cast-iron skillet, preheated over a high flame, for 30 seconds a side, or until browned in spots.
● As written, these tacos pack a medium heat. For kiddos, I reserve a few pieces of the plain grilled tofu and drizzle it lightly with the gochujang sauce (or you could season it simply with a little soy sauce and omit the sauce completely for littles). We also gave Lana the choice of a taco or a bowl, so she chose to have hers over a little leftover sushi rice in lieu of a tortilla.
● For a salad version of this meal: skip the tortillas and toss together all ingredients with 1 head of chopped romaine, 1 julienned bell pepper, and a quick vinaigrette of 3 parts avocado oil, 1 part lime juice, a little sugar and a generous splash of fish sauce. Top with lots of fresh mint.
● Finally, to make these vegan: sub maple syrup or brown-rice syrup for the honey. To make these gluten-free, choose gluten-free tamari and certified GF corn tortillas.

Instructions

  1. Arrange tofu slices on a paper towel lined plate. Cover with another paper towel and microwave for 90 seconds. Remove from microwave and dab slices dry. (Note: this step is optional, but it does help encourage some of the moisture out of the tofu before it hits the grill.)
  2. Preheat a grill or indoor grill pan to medium-high heat.
  3. While grill heats, combine carrots, vinegar, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Stir to combine and set aside until ready to assemble tacos.
  4. Lightly drizzle tofu slices with a little oil and place on the hot grill pan. Grill, undisturbed, for 3-4 mins a side, or until pieces release from the grill easily without sticking or tearing. (I find a thin spatula or a fish spatula works well for this; tongs are too indelicate.)
  5. While tofu cooks, warm tortillas as desired (see note). In a small bowl, stir together 1 T avocado oil, toasted sesame oil, dark soy sauce, honey and gochujang paste.
  6. To assemble tacos, cut tofu bite-sized pieces. Toss with gochujang sauce. Load tortillas with tofu, “pickled” carrots, cucumbers, kimchi, scallions and sesame seeds. Serve with a squeeze of lime. Enjoy!

Yields 4 Servings