Balsamic Tomato Tofu Cutlets

These Balsamic Tomato Tofu Cutlets are crazy meaty, full of balsamic-tomato-garlic-y flavor thanks to a dynamite tofu marinade, and very easy to make! They are meal-prep and freezer-friendly and pair beautifully with pasta, on a sandwich, or straight off the pan. #vegan #tofu #balsamic #plantbased #veganrecipes #tofurecipes // plantpowercouple.com

These Balsamic Tomato Tofu Cutlets are crazy meaty, full of balsamic-tomato-garlic-y flavor thanks to a dynamite tofu marinade, and very easy to make! They are meal-prep and freezer-friendly and pair beautifully with pasta, on a sandwich, or straight off the pan. 


[This is the 3rd recipe in our tofu cutlet series. Click here to see all of them!]


In May, I bought a bottle of balsamic vinegar with dreams of creating all types of summery balsamic delights for the blog (and, you know, my mouth).

And then, what always happens happened. Summer arrived in all its beach-bronzed (haha, jk, I don’t do sun) and cocktail-by-the-pool (ok, guilty on that one) glory and suddenly, it’s Labor Day Weekend, and I’m like…WHERE DID THE TIME GO?!

If this situation doesn’t sound familiar to you, who are you and will you please teach me your ways?

Anyway, getting back to the point: I realized in this moment that my forgotten bottle of balsamic vinegar would be a heavenly addition to a tofu marinade for our cutlet series.

And now, here we are…

These Balsamic Tomato Tofu Cutlets are crazy meaty, full of balsamic-tomato-garlic-y flavor thanks to a dynamite tofu marinade, and very easy to make! They are meal-prep and freezer-friendly and pair beautifully with pasta, on a sandwich, or straight off the pan. #vegan #tofu #balsamic #plantbased #veganrecipes #tofurecipes // plantpowercouple.com

Just look at all that gorgeous crispy-on-the-outside / meaty-on-the-inside + PACKED with flavor decadence.

How to Make Balsamic Tomato Tofu Cutlets

If this is the first tofu cutlet recipe you’ve made from our site or your first time using the “freeze + press” method for preparing tofu, you may want to check out some of the awesome info in our first two posts of the series: lemon pepper tofu cutlets // sweet chili tofu cutlets.

These Balsamic Tomato Tofu Cutlets are made with the exact same method:

First, freeze your tofu.

Next, defrost, press, and marinate the tofu until flavorful.

Finally, slow-bake the tofu to meaty perfection.

The only change here is the marinade ingredients. The ingredients we’re going to use here are:

  • Balsamic vinegar (duh)
  • Tomato paste
  • Fresh garlic – If you’re a big garlic fan like we are, feel free to load it up!
  • Olive oil – Use the good stuff here!
  • Chicken(less) bouillon powder – You can use store-bought bouillon, but we HIGHLY recommend trying our homemade version because it will actually change your life and is stupid-easy.
  • Salt, pepper, and dried (or fresh) basil to round it all out!

With this combo of flavors, how can you go wrong?

These Balsamic Tomato Tofu Cutlets are crazy meaty, full of balsamic-tomato-garlic-y flavor thanks to a dynamite tofu marinade, and very easy to make! They are meal-prep and freezer-friendly and pair beautifully with pasta, on a sandwich, or straight off the pan. #vegan #tofu #balsamic #plantbased #veganrecipes #tofurecipes // plantpowercouple.com

How to Serve These Balsamic Tomato Tofu Cutlets

While my favorite way to eat these irresistible Balsamic Tomato Tofu Cutlets is straight off the pan, here are a few other serving ideas:

I have a feeling these cutlets are going to be the key to sooo many of the cozy fall dinners we plan to make in the months ahead. We can’t wait to see what you do with them too!

When you make these balsamic tomato tofu cutlets, be sure to let us know! You can rate the recipe and leave a comment below or tag us in your tofu-licious creations on Instagram. If you’re not already following along there, we’re @theplantpowercouple with the “the”.

We hope you enjoy this one, friends. Until next time!

Yield: 8 cutlets

Serving Size: 2 cutlets

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Balsamic Tomato Tofu Cutlets

These Balsamic Tomato Tofu Cutlets are crazy meaty, full of balsamic-tomato-garlic-y flavor thanks to a dynamite tofu marinade, and very easy to make! They are meal-prep and freezer-friendly and pair beautifully with pasta, on a sandwich, or straight off the pan.

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Ingredients

  • 1 16-oz block extra firm tofu
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste + 1 Tbsp warm water
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ Tbsp vegan chicken bouillon powder
  • 2 - 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. First, freeze your tofu: Place the whole container (do not open it) in the freezer overnight. In the morning, remove it from the freezer and set it in a shallow dish on your counter to thaw. This will take several hours.
  2. When the tofu is thawed, squeeze it gently over the sink and press it with a tofu press or on paper towels to remove any excess liquid. Place your tofu on a cutting board and slice it into 8 equal “cutlets”. I do this by slicing it in half, then slicing those halves in half, then cutting each of those slices in half.
  3. Place the cutlets in a shallow dish or container and pour the marinade over them, making sure they are all nice and coated. Cover + place them in your fridge for at least an hour or overnight.*
  4. When you’re ready to bake your cutlets, preheat your oven to 350F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the cutlets on this baking sheet, about an inch or so apart. Bake at 350F for 40 minutes, flipping them halfway through. Depending on the thickness / brand of tofu you’re using, you may want to flip and cook them another 10 - 20 minutes until they are browned and meaty. We end up cooking ours an extra 10 most times.
  5. Finally, let your cutlets cool slightly before slicing them up for all your salads or pasta or bowls throughout the week. They will firm a bit as they cool. You can store them in an air-tight container in the fridge or freeze them for up to 8 weeks!

Notes

*Since these cutlets are such a staple in our kitchen, I will usually marinate a large batch of them at a time, separate them into several containers and freeze them in the marinade BEFORE baking. This makes it easy for me to defrost and pop a batch in the oven for salads each week, AND I’ve found it gives them an even better texture. Highly recommend this method!

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