Tofu is a great flavor sponge. And because it readily soaks up seasonings, it's a wonderful choice for marinating.
We used the flavors of Jamaican jerk chicken -- slightly sweet, slightly spicy -- to enhance an easy baked tofu. Served with pineapple salsa, this dish can be an appetizer or a main dish. Try it with rice or in a sandwich.
Be sure to buy extra-firm water-packed tofu for this recipe. The vacuum-packed varieties are too tender. If you have extra time, the best way to squeeze the water from tofu is to place it between multiple sheets of paper towels in a shallow bowl. Place a small plate over it and weigh it down slightly. Refrigerate it for several hours, draining periodically.
>Marinated Caribbean Tofu with Pineapple Salsa
For the tofu:
1 14-ounce package extra-firm tofu
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
For the salsa:
1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
Drain the tofu and slice into 1/2 -inch-thick slabs. One at a time, press each slice between paper towels to remove any excess water. Place the tofu in a large zip-close plastic bag.
In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, allspice, garlic powder, ginger, black pepper, cayenne, cinnamon and thyme. Pour the mixture over the tofu in the bag, then slosh around to evenly coat; close bag and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
For the salsa, in a medium bowl toss together the pineapple, tomatoes, cilantro, chives, garlic and salt. Set aside.
Once the tofu has marinated, heat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
Arrange the tofu slices on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the slices and bake for another 15 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil the tofu until the tops brown lightly, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve topped with pineapple salsa. Serves 6.
Per serving: 107 calories; 32 calories from fat (30 percent of total calories); 4g fat (no saturated or trans fats); no cholesterol; 13g carbohydrate; 7g protein; 1g fiber; 819mg sodium.