Planning appetizers for a dinner party is always tricky. But, it is even more difficult when you have to cater for different dietary requirements. In particular, finding recipes that are suitable for vegetarians, but aren’t boring, is often very difficult. There are lots of vegetarian-friendly recipes available, but it is often hard to find ones that aren’t repetitive.
Thankfully, to make this task easier, a handy little ingredient known as tofu exists. Tofu, and tempeh, and other ingredients like this make excellent substitutes for meat, and they are also really yummy. So, if you want to create interesting appetizers for your guests, it is always a good idea to include tofu.
In particular, one yummy way to serve tofu is to follow a tamarind glazed grilled tofu recipe. This recipe can be used to create appetizers, but it can also be used to produce tofu for larger meals too.
So whether you’re a vegetarian looking for a fun new way to serve your tofu, or if you’re trying to plan exciting veggie-friendly appetizers for your dinner guests, this recipe could be perfect for you. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best tamarind glazed grilled tofu recipes that we could find.
Let’s kick this list off with this amazing ‘grilled tofu with a tamarind glaze’ recipe by PETA. When it comes to recipes, PETA might not be the first company that you think of turning to, but this animal rights group actually offers quite a few different recipes on their website which use alternatives to meat. This recipe uses tofu instead of meat to create shish kebabs which are topped with a yummy tamarind glaze.
These kebabs are grilled to add even more flavor, and they are insanely versatile. You can serve these kebabs as a starter, as an appetizer, or as a main course if you wish. No matter the situation, this recipe is guaranteed to be a hit, so it is definitely one to try.
Moving onto a more conventional recipe website, we have this ‘Tamarind-glazed tofu sliders’ recipe from the FoodNetwork. As you will see, most of these recipes do not state that the tofu is grilled in the recipe title, and this is mainly because this is just assumed. Generally speaking, tofu is grilled, although it does sometimes go through other cooking processes after this.
While the last recipe served the tamarind-glazed tofu on skewers, this recipe instead serves it as a burger. So, if you are planning a BBQ and need to cater for vegetarian guests, then this could be the perfect recipe to spice it up. But no matter when you are serving this recipe, it is absolutely delicious and fairly straightforward to prepare, so you should definitely give it a go.
If neither of the ways of serving tamarind-glazed tofu so far have appealed to you, then you might prefer this recipe. This recipe differs a little as the tamarind glaze is cooked with the tofu, so you will find that the dish isn’t at all sticky. The main benefit of this is that it does give off a healthier vibe when you are eating it, and the dish does feel a lot lighter.
This recipe includes peanut oil, so it is best to avoid this if you have allergies. But, if you are a big fan of ramen, then this soba noodle recipe will be a hit with you. As well as containing these noodles, this recipe is packed with additional seasoning to give it a real twist. So, if you fancy something a little different, this could be the one for you.
Okay, so first things first, let’s address the elephant in this room. And that is, of course, that this recipe is not designed for use with tofu. The main difference between tofu and tempeh is that tempeh is more nutty in flavor, whereas tofu is more neutral.
This is why most people tend to prefer tofu. While this recipe is designed for tempeh, you can easily switch this ingredient out for tofu by substituting it at the same measurement. This dish is full of flavor, and even has a bit of a kick to it because of the wide range of ingredients within it. Ideally, you should serve this recipe with noodles and vegetables in a stir-fry for a yummy and filling main course.
If you are someone that loves spice, then this ‘spicy tamarind glazed tofu sticks’ recipe by V for Veggy might be perfect. Don’t get us wrong, the recipes that we have looked at so far have been great, but this one is ideal for lovers of spicy food.
Not only do you get the sweet and sour flavor of the tamarind, but this recipe also contains Chinese red chilies to make it even hotter. In this recipe, the tofu is grilled before being fried to give it a coated finish, so that the end result is somewhat similar to a spicier version of sweet and sour chicken. This recipe is a little complex, but it is insanely delicious, so it is definitely one to try.
This next recipe is fairly standard, and it is actually quite similar to the kebab-style tofu recipe that we looked at earlier. For this reason, this recipe is great for adding to a BBQ for your vegetarian friends, or for serving as a starter at a dinner party. It contains lots of seasoning, alongside the tamarind, to make it yummy, and it is also very straightforward to make.
Additionally, this recipe has the versatility of being able to serve it with different side dishes. So, if you are stuck for a recipe to follow, give this one a go.
If you are looking for a low calorie and heart healthy recipe, then this ‘grilled curried tamarind tofu’ by EatingWell might be perfect. This recipe is designed to be good for you, without being boring or flavorless.
While it is healthy, this recipe is packed with flavor, and can be served with lots of different side dishes depending on your preferences. But, for a healthy option, we would recommend pairing it with some steamed vegetables. This recipe is easy to follow, and actually very quick to make. So, if you want a healthy tofu recipe, give this one a try.
Finally, let’s wrap this up with this classic ‘sweet and sour tamarind tofu’ recipe by Abel & Cole. As you will see, this recipe is actually designed to be served with roasted cauliflower, so it is actually a fairly healthy dish.
But, of course, you can serve it with whatever you wish. Tamarind already creates a sweet and sour flavor, but this is even further intensified by the additional ingredients that are used in this recipe. If cauliflower isn’t your favorite, you could always swap this out for rice, or whatever side dish you prefer. So, this is definitely another great recipe to make.