Cilantro Lime Grilled Tofu

This cilantro lime grilled tofu recipe is one of the best ways to make delicious and easy tofu that everyone will love. It has so much flavor and pairs well with tons of dishes. Jump to Recipe

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If you love cilantro, this dish is definitely for you. Full of cilantro, lime juice, and garlic with a touch of sweetness and touch of heat–you'll want to drizzle this marinade on everything. It’s the perfect match for tofu since it adds a ton of flavor to what can sometimes be a bland ingredient. It's probably my favorite way to eat tofu, and that says a lot since I make heaps of tofu dishes.

Preparing healthy meals is an important component of wellness. I like to consider the sage words of Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” whenever I think I don’t have time to whip up a healthy dish. Cooking and eating well takes thought and planning. It’s easy to tell yourself there’s no time to shop and cook. Cooking is a luxury and a basic way to pamper and nourish your body. Fortunately, there’s a happy medium between all-out, time-consuming gourmet meals and fast food from the drive-thru.

Grilled tofu is a perfect example! With many ways to prepare tofu, you might be asking yourself where to begin? Warm weather is a fine time of year to light the grill and serve cilantro lime tofu instead of dogs and burgers.

The best part is that I can prepare the marinade ahead of time and leave the tofu soaking and absorbing flavor overnight. When it’s mealtime, the joy of doing nothing more than turning on the grill and cooking the tofu for 5-6 minutes on each side makes this grilled tofu recipe tops in the departments of quick cooking time, ease, taste, and nutrition.

Basic Info on Tofu

Tofu. I admit it was a bit of a mystery the first time I saw it in the produce section. I wondered what I was supposed to do with it. Over the years, I’ve grown to love it and have made a point of adding easy tofu recipes to my repertoire. If you’re new to cooking with tofu, don’t overlook it because it’s unfamiliar.

Long associated with vegetarians and vegans as an alternative protein to meat, at some point in culinary evolution, tofu crossed over into the mainstream. Proof of this is its appearance on the shelves of retail giants Target and Walmart.

When buying tofu, you’ll run into a few varieties: soft, medium, firm, extra-firm or super-firm. The difference being how much water has been “pressed out.” Soft tofu has the least amount pressed out, and super-firm is the densest, containing the lowest amount of moisture. Make note to purchase extra-firm tofu for this easy tofu recipe.

Other uses for the marinade:

Once you’ve made the cilantro lime marinade and like its taste, use it as a salad dressing.

Or throw it into a pasta, rice or couscous dish. Voila, you’re equipped with another meal you can prepare ahead of time:

  1. Boil pasta, rice, or couscous. Let it cool to room temperature.
  2. Cut up cherry or other tomatoes of your liking, and add them to the cooled pasta, rice or couscous. As an option, add black olives. Refrigerate your dish.
  3. Separately, prepare the same marinade used in the cilantro lime tofu dish. But don’t add the brown sugar.
  4. Drizzle the marinade on top and serve.
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Cilantro Lime Grilled Tofu

Cilantro Lime Grilled Tofu

PREP TIME: 2 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 2 Hours, 15 Min
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  • 1 lb. extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar (leave out for low carb/Paleo/Whole30)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

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Press the tofu to remove extra liquid. Cut the tofu block into 1 inch thick slabs.


Combine the remaining ingredients. Marinate the tofu in this mixture for at least 2 hours, ideally overnight, in the fridge.


When ready to grill, remove the tofu from the marinade, letting excess drip off. Grill for 5-6 minutes per side. Serve with excess marinade.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 4 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 187
Calories from Fat 122
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 602mg
Total Carbohydrate 8g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 4g
Protein 11g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

† SmartPoints™ calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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