Thai Vegetable Curry with Grilled Tofu

PlateI just love when a dinner idea sparks my imagination and I happen to have everything on hand to create exactly what I envisioned. Inspired by my favorite Thai restaurant, I set out to make a sweet, spicy, creamy curry filled with fresh, delicious veggies and tofu. I really hit the nail on the head with this awesome recipe from


This dish is quick and easy to prepare, only taking a few minutes if you grill the tofu and cook the rice ahead to warm at service time. I am a real stickler about tofu texture and for me, the drier the better. This tofu has been drained, pressed, frozen, thawed and pressed again. This gives it a fantastically chewy texture that absorbs marinade very well.

I buy an extra block from time to time and keep it in the freezer for future use. Tofu keeps great frozen for a good six months, so it makes sense to stock up.

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At service time, top the hot rice with cubes of grilled tofu, then gently ladle the curry and vegetables over the tofu and rice. It will heat it enough while preserving the nice firm texture.

10 thoughts on “Thai Vegetable Curry with Grilled Tofu

  1. Looks delicious! Love your photos! Just wondering – do you press your tofu in a “tofu press”? I usually use a plate with a heavier object on top, but I’m wondering if a tofu press is better. (My husband can be a little fussy about the texture of tofu!).

    1. Thanks for the compliment! I press my tofu the old-fashioned way, usually because I press more than one block at a time and the press gadget doesn’t seem beneficial to me. I use the plate method as well. Then I wrap and freeze the pressed blocks. After thawing, I squeeze out even more liquid (by hand). This leaves it very nice and sponge-like, excellent for marinating. Once grilled, the texture is very similar to (dare I say) chicken breast, except tender and juicy (and cruelty-free). I use a grill pan.

    1. I can relate to what you are saying. My relationship with tofu has definitely evolved over time. In the beginning I found it bland and tasteless. I think that my palate has adjusted to the more subtle flavors. Not to mention, I have found and tried some great recipes that proved to me that tofu can actually taste terrific!

      I found for myself that I couldn’t fully appreciate tofu until my diet was completely free of animal products. I especially love it marinated and grilled after pressing and freezing. The texture is very close to that of grilled chicken when prepared this way. A good starting point for those just transitioning to a veg lifestyle.


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