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Vie de Cacao — vegan

Crispy Tofu with Cacao Nib Rub

Crispy Tofu with Cacao Nib Rub 0

Our Cacao Nib Rub is delicious on meat, but don't limit yourself.  Try it on fruits, vegetables, and even, as you’ll see here, tofu.


Makes 4 servings


1 14-oz package of extra firm tofu
2 ½ tablespoons Cacao Nib Rub  (more on cacao nibs here)
3 ½ tablespoons olive oil


Cut tofu into 1/3 inch thick blocks, yielding 8 blocks, each under 2 oz.  Lay paper towels on a cutting board, and lay blocks of tofu on the towels.  Cover with more paper towels.  Lay another cutting board on top of tofu to extract as much of the water as possible.  Leave for several minutes.


Stir together Cacao Nib Rub and olive oil.  Coat each piece of tofu with marinade, covering each side of each tofu piece.

Let tofu marinate in Rub and olive oil mixture for at least 15 minutes.  We used an indoor grill and grilled the tofu over low heat, for 15 minutes per side.  You can also broil the tofu on low for approximately 10 minutes per side.


The tofu will develop a crispiness and flavor that's a delicious meat substitute!  Once the tofu is done cooking, use any leftover marinade on the tofu for extra flavor.  Serve with your favorite sides.