Tofu Marinade and Sauce With Rice Vinegar Recipe

Tofu Marinade and Sauce With Rice Vinegar
The Spruce
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 16 pieces (2 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
392 Calories
28g Fat
11g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16 pieces (2 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 392
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2378mg 103%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 29g
Calcium 784mg 60%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This tofu marinade does double duty as a marinade and sauce. Dry frying the tofu removes all the moisture, enabling it to soak up the flavors of the marinade. The recipe goes nicely with 1 pound of firm or extra firm tofu and is designed to have extra marinade to add to the stir-fry at the end to make a sauce.


  • 5 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons​ light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons​ extra virgin​ olive oil
  • 1 pound extra-firm tofu (cut into triangles and​ dry-fried)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. In a small bowl, whisk together ​the rice vinegar, light and dark soy sauces, Asian sesame oil, sugar, chili paste, garlic, and olive oil.

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  3. Cover and refrigerate while preparing and dry frying the tofu.

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  4.  Place the marinade into a large bowl or large resealable plastic bag. Add the dry-fried tofu pieces.

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  5. Cover bowl or seal bag and refrigerate overnight, stirring occasionally to make sure all the tofu pieces are covered.

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  6. Drain the tofu, reserving the tofu marinade to use as a sauce at the end of stir-frying. Thicken with a cornstarch/water slurry if desired.

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  7. Stir-fry and enjoy!

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