Think barbecuing is only for briskets, ribs and wings? Think again. There are many delicious barbecue options for vegetarians, thanks to tofu and firm vegetables made even more delicious by yummy sauces and marinades.
Spicy Thai-Style Grilled Veggie Skewers (The Wanderlust Kitchen)
This Spicy Thai-Style Grilled Veggie Skewers from The Wanderlust Kitchen is a gem for foodies who love Thai cuisine, but would like to avoid heavy meats. This recipe is basically bite-size chunks of vegetables soaked in a flavorful marinade of cilantro, fish sauce and chili garlic sauce.
"A cilantro-heavy marinade is the star in this versatile recipe for Spicy Thai-Style Grilled Veggie Skewers. An easy side-dish for a summer BBQ, these veggies can also take the center stage when served atop a bowl of rice or noodles."
- 1 1/2 cups packed cilantro leaves
- 8 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce (sub soy for vegetarian)
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon fresly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon chile garlic sauce
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 pounds vegetables, cut into bite-sized pieces (any combination of mushrooms, peppers, scallion, zucchini, and yellow summer squash)
Beer BBQ Tofu (Edible Perspective)
If you're a fan of classic beer barbecue, then you'll have to try this Beer BBQ Tofu from Edible Perspective. Extra firm tofu is pressed and marinated in a mixture of beer, barbecue sauce, garlic and ginger. This dish is so flavorful, you won't miss meat at all! Serve with a side salad and fries, and you're good to go!
"You want to press your tofu for a good 30min, or longer if you have the time. This makes all the difference with the texture when cooking."
- 1 bottle beer
- 1t finely minced ginger
- 2/3c BBQ sauce
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 blocks, extra firm tofu
Hawaiian BBQ Tofu Bowls (Fit Mitten Kitchen)
Fit Mitten Kitchen has a yummy and fresh dish called Hawaiian BBQ Tofu Bowls. Barbecued tofu is served with quinoa, pineapple and vegetables. Make different varieties of this dish by substituting red rice or cauli-rice for quinoa. You can also make it your own by adding in more of your favorite vegetables!
"This recipe is actually really simple; it’ll be in your bowl (and your mouth) in under 1 hour. All you have to do is cook your grain, pan-fry your tofu, and sauté some veggies."
- 1 14 ounce package extra firm tofu
- 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, plus more for topping
- Oil for cooking
- bell peppers, thinly sliced
- zucchini, thinly sliced
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 pineapple, cored and sliced
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
Never use silken tofu for grilling. Firm tofu makes a much better barbecue. Because it's porous, firm tofu can take in more flavors from marinades and sauces. It also holds up better when cooked on a grill.