Jamaican Jerk Tofu Recipe

Photo Credit: Allyson Kramer
  • 11 hrs
  • Prep: 10 hrs,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
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This recipe comes from my second cookbook "Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats from Around the World", and is one of my favorite ways to prepare tofu. If you like a spicy main courses, try this recipe. If you prefer a milder, yet still zesty, dish simply replace the Scotch bonnet peppers in this recipe with a milder pepper, such as banana or long bell peppers.

You'll want to start preparing this a day ahead of the intended serving time so that your tofu has adequate time to marinate.

What You'll Need

  • 1 block (13.5 ounces) extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup rum, white or dark
  • 2 Scotch bonnet chiles, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 2 scallions (green onions), both whites and greens finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup water

How to Make It

Drain the tofu and press well using a Tofu Xpress or other tofu press, or by wrapping in clean kitchen or paper towels and pressing with heavy cans (place tofu in between two plates or cutting boards) and allowing to rest 2 hours until most of the water has been pressed from the tofu.

The day before cooking, place all of the ingredients except for the drained and pressed tofu into a medium sized bowl.

Whisk together to make a thin marinade.

Slice the tofu into 4 to 6 equal rectangles, and then arrange them evenly into a single layer in a 9 x 13 inch cake pan. Pour the marinade over the tofu to cover the tofu rectangles completely. Cover lightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and allow the tofu to rest overnight or up to 8 hours, flipping once time halfway through marinating time if desired. You can also leave them be, and they will soak up plenty of marinade this way as well.

The next day, once you're ready to cook the tofu, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the tofu onto a nonstick baking tray (like a large lipped cookie sheet) or a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Pour any remaining marinade evenly on top of the tofu to coat, letting the bits of spices and such rest on top of the individual tofu steaks.

Bake for one hour, carefully flipping after 30 minutes baking time. Scrape off any remaining spice mixture before serving.