Grilled Tofu in Spicy Tangerine Marinade on a narrow white plate on a green cloth.

Spiced Tangerine Grilled Tofu Recipe

My delicious, spicy tangerine marinade can turn most foods into something very special -- especially grilled tofu recipes. The combination of the sweetness of the citrus with the heat of the chiles in marinade, is absolutely delicious.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Keyword grilled tofu ideas, marinades for tofu
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 76 kcal
Author Valentina K. Wein


  • 1/2 cup tangerine juice
  • 1 tablespoon Mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste (I like Sambal Oelek)
  • 12 ounces extra firm tofu
  • grapeseed oil


  1. In a shallow baking dish (8 X 8-inch is perfect), combine the tangerine juice, Mirin, Tamari and chili paste. Set aside.
  2. Drain the tofu and cut in into 2-inch squares, about 1/2-inch thick. Place them in the marinade, turning them to quickly coat both sides. Cover with plastic and marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature. Then flip each tofu square over and marinate for another 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat a stove-top grill, remove the tofu from the marinade, place it on a large plate and drizzle or brush it lightly with grape seed oil. (Save the marinade!)
  4. Once the grill is hot, put the tofu squares on, at least an inch apart. If you don't hear the sizzling sound, wait until you do, or your tofu will not brown and caramelize. Cook each side until nicely marked, about 2 minutes each.
  5. In a small sauté pan, bring the marinade to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer for about 5 minutes. Pour this over the tofu when it's done.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have a stove-top grill, you can sauté the marinated tofu.

Tamari is a type of Japanese soy sauce. It's a slightly deeper brown and thicker than regular soy sauce.

This is not a sponsored post -- I just love Ojai Pixie tangerines!