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My Jerk Cauliflower is one of the most popular recipes on here, so I kept going with the jerk theme for more recipes. This Jerk Tofu recipe is just as amazing, and it gives a flavor punch. This is a great dish to serve it with my Jamaican Rice and Peas and Baked Plantains. 

I have had so many friends and relatives visiting my family and I lately. I have recently had a friend who I haven’t seen since high school, my cousin who I saw over 15 years ago, a brother and wife in over 8 years. 2018 so far has definitely been the year of reunion for me and it has been so wonderful. Tomorrow, I’m expecting a friend who I haven’t seen in 7 years and the last time I saw her I made her and her twin sister my the Jerk Tofu recipe.

Jerk Tofu

I grew up on Jerk chicken so making a Jamaican Jerk Tofu is a no-brainer. I love tofu because it absorbs the flavor of the jerk sauce.

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Originally posted on September 27, 2018.

Jerk Tofu overlay showing one section of white bowl with jerk tofu

What Is Jamaican Jerk Seasoning?

Jamaican jerk seasoning is a special blend of spices that makes up a rub or a mix. Jerk spice is the most common type of spice mix used in Jamaica. It is made from about eight to ten spices and has such a complex flavor.

It is used on a variety of foods as a marinade or is made into a sauce. The term “jerk” is giving to a special type of technique in Jamaica. In this technique, holes are poked in the meat so that the spices can go deep down and give flavor to the meat.

I keep my Jerk Seasoning in my spice rack to use on various veggies, tofu, or anything I think it will taste good on. I also have a Jerk Sauce I love to drizzle on top of lots of different meals.

How To Make Jamaican Jerk Seasoning?

Now, because the jerk spice is made from several spices, you can’t pick them up randomly. Every spice has its own unique taste. So, if you randomly pick up and mix spices, you are not doing justice to the individual flavor. Therefore, the spices in the jerk seasonings are not picked up randomly.

There is a science behind it! Every spice is carefully picked so that when these spices are mixed together, every single spice shines through. You won’t find a single flavor take over others. Every spice has its own place in the mix. And above all, there is a balance of sweet, salty, spice, and tart. It is truly amazing!

Here are the necessary components that make up the Jamaican jerk seasoning:

  • Herbs: herbs bring in freshness and a distinct strong flavor. The most commonly used herbs are dried oregano, parsley, and thyme.
  • Aromatics: Aromatics add a strong fragrance to the mix. The most commonly used aromatics include onion powder and garlic powder.
  • Seasoning: Seasonings like salt and black or white pepper are a must. If you skip pepper, you can’t skip the salt. It is a major flavor!
  • Spice: Jamaicans love their spices. Especially cinnamon and nutmeg. So, these two are compulsory! Other than these, you can also use all-spice, cumin, etc.
  • Sugar: Sugar is another important flavor you can’t miss. It balances out the heat. You can use any type of sugar. For instance, use organic cane sugar. If you want to add more depth to sugar flavors, use brown sugar.
  • Heat: Now, a little heat is good. There are many options here. Use paprika, cayenne, chili powder. And if you want to make the heat to the next level, use dried scotch bonnet powder.

How To Make Crispy Tofu?

A big difference in your preparation process will depend on if you use extra-firm or super-firm tofu. With super-firm tofu, you will save yourself the task of having to squeeze the tofu beforehand.

However, it can be harder to find, or pricier. Near me, I can find super firm tofu at Publix, Sprouts, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s, so check similar stores near you.

It is important to note that silken or firm tofu will not be suitable for this recipe. Silken tofu will practically turn to mush in your hands before you can even slice it, and instead lends itself to creamy sauces and desserts.

Firm tofu is still not quite what you’ll need, and will crumble to pieces when manhandled. It also has an undesirably soft texture when eaten, and is the reason why many people are scared to try tofu.

Jamaican Jerk Tofu

How To Prepare Tofu?

If you don’t have super-firm tofu then you will need to drain the tofu. Do this by wrapping the block of tofu in a clean kitchen towel and placing something heavy on top, such as pot or books, and let the tofu drain excess liquid for bout 20 minutes.

If you find that the firmest tofu available to you is still too soft for your liking, an old method of mine is to freeze it. When the tofu is frozen and defrosted, the texture becomes firmer and spongier.

I used super-firm tofu to make my  Jamaican jerk tofu, so it didn’t need to be pressed to remove excess water. This is why I highly recommend this type of tofu. 

I baked the marinated cubes until they were crisp, then I smothered them with my amazing Jerk Sauce then I put it back in the oven for a final bake.

Note: Jerk Sauce can be prepared ahead and kept in the refrigerator. You can add Jerk Seasoning for extra flavor.

Jerk Tofu Recipe

  • Tofu
  • Olive Oil
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Paprika
  • Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • Jerk Sauce

How To Make Jerk Tofu

  1. Preheat the oven to 400℉. Lightly grease the baking sheet with oil.
  2. Add tofu cubes to a large bowl, and gently coat with oil, Bragg’s liquid aminos, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and nutritional yeast flakes. Allow the tofu cubes to marinate for 10 minutes in the refrigerator while you prepare the jerk sauce.
  3. Arrange tofu cubes in a single layer on an oiled baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Toss baked tofu with jerk sauce, and return to the oven to bake until sauce is cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.

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Nutrition

(Per portion)
  • Energy: 220 kcal / 920 kJ
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Carbs: 48 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 45 min
  • Ready in: 55 min
  • For: 6 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400℉. Lightly grease the baking sheet with oil.
  2. Add tofu cubes to a large bowl, and gently coat with oil, Bragg's liquid aminos, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and nutritional yeast flakes. Allow the tofu cubes to marinate for 10 minutes in the refrigerator while you prepare the jerk sauce.
  3. Arrange tofu cubes in a single layer on an oiled baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Toss baked tofu with jerk sauce, and return to the oven to bake until sauce is cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.

Notes

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.