Basil Grilled Tofu with Okra, Red Peppers and Portabellas

Basil Grilled Tofu

I was recently cleaning out my cabinets and discovered a treasure buried deep down underneath my twenty (and a half) cake pans…. my electric George Foreman grill!  I rescued it from my sister last summer when she was holding a garage sale. I don’t think it is actually made by George Foreman.. err, his brand name, but it works mighty nice.  Its extra big with a temperature control. Very fancy.

These types of grills are cheap and  easy to come by (I bought  our previous model at the drugstore for 7 dollars).  They also make the best tofu ever. Seriously, I could eat my weight in tofu grilled on one of these things.  Prior to seeing the magic these humble grills could perform on well drained tofu, I wasn’t a big fan of cooking it myself.  Mostly a scramble here and there.  But with the grill… anything is possible.

I have been happily serving my family various versions of grilled tofu almost every night since the grill’s re-discovery.  This recipe is my favorite so far.  Basil infused olive oil lends a spectacular flavor to this crispy and chewy tofu.  Served along a melange of red peppers, mushrooms, and okra this tofu becomes part of a wonderfully fragrant and tasty meal.

Basil Grilled Tofu with Okra, Red Peppers and Portabellas


  • 2-3 cups medium sized okra, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 large portabella mushroom cap, chopped
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • balsamic vinegar
  • 1 package of extra firm tofu, very well drained
  • 5 tbsp chopped basil


The night before:

Combine 2 tbsp finely minced basil with 1/4 cup olive oil and a dash of salt.  Cover and let sit in fridge overnight.

1 hour before serving your meal:

Drain your tofu well, I did two rounds with a kitchen towel.  I can’t wait to get my hands on a tofuXpress ….

30 minutes before your meal:

In large frying pan, combine okra, mushrooms, red peppers, green onion and 3 tbsp (or more) of chopped basil.  Saute  over medium heat with about a tbsp of flavored oil until red peppers are tender.   Salt to taste.

While veggies are still cooking, get out your George Foreman Grill.  Slice tofu about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, depending on your preference and grilling surface space.  Place tofu directly on grill and drizzle with more flavored olive oil and a dash or two of salt.  Top with minced basil.  Let cook until golden brown, flipping once if necessary to get both sides evenly browned and crispy.

Drizzle your plate with a little balsamic vinegar and infused olive oil and place tofu and veggies together on a plate.  Combine the veggies with the tofu for ultimate basil-y deliciousness.

okra, red peppers, mushrooms and basil

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13 Responses to Basil Grilled Tofu with Okra, Red Peppers and Portabellas

  1. Lourdes says:

    We just purchased a new tofu press from It is different from the tofu x press you mentioned above, but it does not require any assembly and completely presses tofu in 15 minutes….and it costs less. Take a look.

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  3. Mo says:

    Wow! That looks lovely!

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  5. Thanks for reminding me to take out my George. I’d like to add a tip. Cut the tofu thick and evenly so all sides touch both sided of the george. Perfect time to trim some basil from my garden. I absolutley love your website and still get praise for your bon bons. I give you all the credit. :)

    • allyson says:

      That is a great tip- then you will not have to flip!
      I think it’s pretty awesome you tried out the bon bons.. and others like them too! Yay! Thank you so much for such a sweet comment. :)

  6. What a beautiful meal, and such stunning photos! I adore basil and I think the flavor combos you’ve got going on in here are just perfect. I can’t wait to give this a try!

  7. Katrina says:

    This looks so yummy! I was just thinking about what to make for dinner tonight too..guess I know!

  8. Carolyn says:

    What is a Tofu Express? I googled it, but couldn’t find too much information.

  9. That looks great! I want to start using more tofu and grilling seems like a great way to prepare it.

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  11. Dianne says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had grilled tofu! Yours looks fantastic, and with that okra! Summer’s definitely on its way!