Tofu kebabs with fresh mint, ripe tomato and onion make a delightful vegetarian supper from the grill. Pressing the tofu before marinating allows it to really absorb the flavors, plus the resulting firmer texture makes the tofu easier to grill.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 1997


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40 mins


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  • Cut tofu in half horizontally, making two large slices about 1 inch thick. Fold a clean kitchen towel and place it on a cutting board or large plate. Set the tofu on the towel. Put another folded clean towel over the tofu and place

  • a flat, heavy weight (such as a skillet) on top; drain for 15 minutes; remove the weight and cut the tofu into 1 1/2-inch pieces.

  • Preheat grill to medium-high.

  • Combine lime juice, soy sauce and ginger in a medium bowl. Add tofu and toss to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

  • Tuck a mint leaf into each tomato quarter and thread onto 4 or 8 skewers alternately with tofu, onion and jalapenos. (Discard any remaining marinade.)

  • Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the kebabs, turning occasionally, for 7 minutes. Brush with kecap manis and grill until the vegetables are softened and the tofu is well glazed, about 3 minutes more.


Equipment: 4 or 8 metal or bamboo skewers

Note: Kecap manis is a thick, palm sugar–sweetened soy sauce. It's used as a flavoring, marinade or condiment in Indonesian cooking. Find it in Asian food markets or online at To substitute for kecap manis, whisk 1 part molasses with 1 part reduced-sodium soy sauce.

Tip: Oiling a grill rack before you grill foods helps ensure that the food won't stick. Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

178 calories; protein 11g; carbohydrates 20.2g; dietary fiber 1.9g; sugars 15.6g; fat 6g; saturated fat 0.6g; vitamin a iu 602.9IU; vitamin c 20.5mg; folate 33.9mcg; calcium 188.8mg; iron 2.9mg; magnesium 65.3mg; potassium 350.3mg; sodium 545.9mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 12g.

1 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat