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Tofu Steak Is The Meat Substitute You've Been Looking For
Tofu steak might have elicited an eye roll or dose of skepticism in years past, but it's 2023, and a large, thick, well-seasoned piece of tofu makes a delicious meat alternative.
Tofu is essentially a blank canvas for all the smoky, hearty, umami flavors a marinade provides. It takes on the look and feel of steak with the size, cut, grill marks, and prep.
Unlike other plant-based "meats," a 6-ounce serving contains a respectable 18 grams of protein plus zero cholesterol and almost none of the saturated fat that's found in steak.
A good tofu steak starts with choosing an extra firm variety. If you can, try to get a pre-drained block rather than one submerged in liquid.
For a simple marinade that delivers the smoky, meaty flavor profile of actual steak, combine liquid aminos (a soy sauce alternative), liquid smoke, and sesame oil.
A bit of maple syrup, mirin, or agave syrup will add sweetness, and don't forget garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Marinate the tofu for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
Then heat up some oil and cook your tofu until browned. You might also want to try cooking your tofu on a grill or searing it in a grill pan to achieve those trademark char lines.