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Spicy Tofu Marinade

Spicy Tofu Marinade

  • Author: Ido Zivli
  • Active Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 2-24 hr
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: Marinade


Looking for a little spice in your diet? You’ve come to the right place! This dish is the ideal balance of sweet and spicy – the chili powder mixed with molasses and other inviting flavors make this marinade absolutely mouth-watering! 

Use it in stir-fries, for skewers, on tofu, tempeh, or seitan, and even in salads. Add your veggies of choice, and some grains, and create a colorful and flavorful dish that will brighten your day.

Want a recipe without spice next time? Try our Asian Tempeh Marinade and you will come back for more.


  • 300 g firm tofu (or 10 oz), cut into cubes of 1-inch (2.5 cm), or sliced into 1-inch slices 
  • ¼ cup dried tomatoes, soaked for at least 30 minutes before use (or 14 g)
  • cup sugar (or 25 g)
  • 3 tbsp molasses or maple syrup (optional)
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ hot pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Mix everything (except for the tofu) in a medium-sized bowl, by hand, or blend it on high until well combined. 
  • Chill the marinade in your fridge for a few minutes so it can thicken.
  • Marinate the tofu in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but you can keep it for up to 24 hours to get a more flavorful result.
  • You can serve your marinated tofu in salads, or use it in hot dishes, like Pad Thai or fried rice.


  • You can replace the tofu with seitan or tempeh (but don’t serve them raw).
  • For a BBQ you can place the tofu slices straight on the BBQ, or thread the tofu cubes onto skewers.

Keywords: tofu, tempeh, marinade, spicy, hot, easy