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Quick and Easy Balsamic Tofu Recipe

Sweet tartness with a complex flavor combination- that’s how we describe Balsamic sauces. Truly, they just seem to call out for a fellow food to transport them to our tastebuds. And once there, that unique balsamic flavor dances around, creating almost musical harmony. And that is what brings us back time and again to the quick and easy balsamic tofu recipe. The flavors and the ease of making this dish create quite an appeal.

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Easy Balsamic Tofu Recipe Ingredients

We always have the basics on hand for this flavorful meal.

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • tamari or coconut aminos
  • maple syrup
  • dijon mustard
  • basil
  • fennel
  • thyme
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • extra firm tofu (frozen, then thawed)

That’s it, just the basics from our refrigerator and pantry. Oh, and a few basil leaves from our herb garden.

Gather the ingredients and begin. Dinner is ready in a half-hour. Yes, it is that easy and quick.


What to serve with our Easy Balsamic Tofu Recipe

Our favorite accompaniments include brown rice and stir-fried veggies. But of course, you might prefer steamed broccoli and noodles. In fact, either of these or other traditional sides, make this delicious meal quite complete.

easy balsamic tofu recipe

Balsamic Tofu

Balsamic flavors infused into chewy firm tofu create a delicious, yet quick and easy, dinner. For an even deeper flavor, marinate the tofu overnight. Yum!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 111 kcal


  • 2 blocks tofu extra firm (freeze for 24 hrs, thaw, then press out extra water before using)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 2 tbsp tamari or use coconut aminoes for less salt
  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup substitute allulose to lower the sugar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp basil (dried)
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes omit if you prefer
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 7 cloves garlic minced
  • 12 basil leaves fresh


  • In a wok or large saute pan, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil.
  • Cut the tofu into small cubes. Add to the hot oil and saute until browned, turning as needed.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients except for the fresh basil leaves into a small bowl. Whisk together.
  • Pour the sauce over the tofu (still in the pan) and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the sauce is reduced.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the fresh basil leaves.
  • Serve hot with brown rice or noodles and stir-fried vegetables.
Keyword balsamic, tofu


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