Spice Rub Grilled Tofu

Recipe Classifications


American, Indian


Lunch, Dinner, Side Dish, Snack


Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Whole30, Atkins, Kid-Friendly, Anti-Inflammatory Diet


Brown / White, Green, Orange / Yellow

Freezes well:


Prep Time  (total time):

Under 15 Minutes  (Under 30 Minutes)

Spice Rub Grilled Tofu Recipe

This Spice Rub Grilled Tofu recipe will absolutely blow your mind– you wouldn’t even think that there’s no meat in it! Oh, did I mention that it’s a great detox recipe too?

Tofu is a diuretic that helps flush out impurities through our kidneys via urine. Thus, this recipe is a great addition to your detox meals. It’s also a great source of protein, which is beneficial for those who are trying to lose weight, strength training, and improving their overall health. Tofu might be considered a simple or bland ingredient but people should actually be putting it in high regard. It contains 8 out of the 9 essential amino acids which help maintain the hair, skin, and nails, a contributor to the maintenance and repair of muscles and tissues of the body.

Spice Rub Grilled Tofu

As for the flavor of this dish, it features a caramelized umami flavor that is so irresistible! The spices add a variety of notes too! Just make sure to drain the tofu well so that it can soak up all the spice rub flavors and maximize the flavor profile of this dish.

Spice Rub Grilled Tofu Recipe

You can serve the Spice Rub Grilled Tofu on its own, as an appetizer, or pair it with fresh salad to turn it into a complete meal that’s so healthy and yummy!

Spice Rub Grilled Tofu

A great vegan detox recipe for the liver! This recipe uses tofu as your protein and it’s flavored with spices that can be easily found in the market (Or in your pantry!) Serve it with fresh salad and you’ve got a complete meal that’s so yummy and nutritious.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 120kcal


  • Grill


For the Tofu:

  • 1 12- oz package extra-firm tofu drained well
  • Spice rub recipe below
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

For the Spice Rub:

  • 2 teaspoons dried cilantro flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground bay leaf
  • ¾ teaspoon tamarind powder
  • ¾ teaspoon turmeric powder


  • Combine all the spice rub ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Rub olive oil and spice rub all over the tofu. Let it sit for about 15 minutes for the tofu to absorb the flavors.
  • Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. If you don’t have one, you can pan-sear the tofu in a frying pan.
  • Once the pan is hot, grill or sear the tofu steaks for 4 minutes per side, or until golden. Serve and enjoy!


  • This tofu is best served with fresh arugula salad.
  • You can multiply and do a large batch of the spice rub. Store it in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and keep it away from humid places like near the stove, oven, or refrigerator.
  • For Low Histamine Meal Plan, modify: remove paprika and red pepper flakes.


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 283IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg

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Hi! I’m Mike. I’m happily married and have a young daughter. I’ve lived all over the world and have learned a lot from seeing others’ perspectives. I’ve also had many life altering health challenges. Fortunately, my lovely and brilliant wife helped save me by finding a new and better way for us to live. We started The Healthy Treehouse to share what we’ve learned and to learn from others, too.