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Smoky Tofu Sandwiches

In Mains (Vegetarian) on July 23, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Smoky Tofu Sandwiches

Wow, it is incredible what a bit of sleep can do for you.

The good news is that Baby P is now home from the NICU but he has grown up enough such that his previous 3 hour around the clock feeding schedule didn’t come home with him. It was closer to every 2 hours when we were discharged home and let me tell you, when feeding can take 30-45 minutes and followed by a 20 minute pumping session, this doesn’t leave a lot of time before the cycle resumes once again.

Thankfully the last few days have been a bit calmer at night following his evening “witching hour”. Rob has also been helping with one feed at night, which has helped tremendously. Lookee here, I am actually writing a blog post!

Smoky Tofu Sandwiches

While I haven’t really been cooking these past few weeks (sometimes I am a sous-chef, as I sit at the counter and chop vegetables), I have been lucky to still be eating good food. (Thanks Mom! Thanks Rob!)

When I saw Kari’s Spicy + smoky tofu open sandwich, I knew this could be simple enough to tackle. Fresh from the stovetop, it was perfect. Crispy and warm, sweet yet salty. As Kari astutely put it, “Simple. but amazing”. We didn’t add as much sriracha, so this actually wasn’t that spicy.

We went with classic sandwich fixings (sliced tomato, pickle, spinach and vegan garlic mayonnaise) but Rob knew what would make it incredible: cooked beets. He claimed it always makes for delicious sandwiches. We used some leftover horse radish-beet salad, and it was a lovely combination. Rob was right. Bring on the sandwiches! (PS. the tofu was best fresh and warm).

Smoky Tofu Sandwiches


I am sharing this with Meat Free Mondays and Credit Crunch Munch.

Smoky Tofu Sandwiches
Adapted from Bited Sized Thoughts

350 g – 1 lb block extra firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch slices
Drizzle of oil
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp sriracha, or to taste
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp water

Sandwich fixings and bread, to serve

1. In a large non-stick pan over high heat, drizzle with a touch of oil. Once hot, place tofu slices in a single layer. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until golden. Flip and fry on the other side until golden and beginning to crisp.

2. Meanwhile, mix together the liquid smoke, soy sauce, sriracha, maple syrup and water.

3. Once the tofu is crisping up, reduce heat to medium-low and pour the marinade onto the tofu. Shake the pan so that the marinade coats every piece. Cook another 5-10 minutes until everything is absorbed and the tofu is browned. Remove from heat.

4. Use the tofu as-is (snack time!) or add to your favourite sandwich fixings.

Makes 4 sandwiches.

  1. Had a block of tofu in the fridge and I was going to use it for a scramble ,but I decided to make half a batch of the smokey tofu , instead. Really tasty! Thanks for sharing. Hope your little guy is doing well and that you soon remember/get to relive the feeling of sleeping more than 3 hours in a row 😉

  2. SO glad he’s home and doing well!!! And that you’re eating well. 🙂 This looks delish. I have a block of tofu in the fridge I was debating for dinner…. may do some version of this!

  3. Glad to hear that your wee one is doing well and that you are getting some rest and good food! I agree with Rob that beetroot is brilliant on sandwiches – just made bread and now want this in my sandwiches – will check if there is any tofu in fridge

  4. I love tofu but I have never tried it in a sandwich ! This looks great ! My kids don’t like tofu very much, I think they are missing out ! Maybe I can change their mind with this yummy sandwich ! Thanks for sharing

  5. I’m happy to hear the family is doing well! Tofu sandwiches are one of my favourites, and this marinade sounds delicious! I desperately need to pick up some liquid smoke, this is like the fifth recent recipe I’ve wanted to make that uses it.

  6. So glad you’re back at home with your little one, Janet! I LOVE the idea of a smoky tofu sandwich — thanks for the inspiration. Take care!

  7. Welcome back!! Hopefully baby P is giving you a bit more of a break now with the feedings. Rob is such a great, supportive husband/father. I’m so happy for your family =)
    This sandwich sounds so good!! I’ll be honest… I’m not sure I agree about the beets – we aren’t beet lovers, but everything else sounds delicious.

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