This quick and easy Tofu Marinade is absolutely delicious! The paprika, maple syrup, and cayenne combine for a perfect flavor combo that's lightly sweet with a little kick of spice. Use the leftover liquid for a sauce, and you have a Marinated Tofu recipe that's sure to become a new staple.
Add the water, maple syrup, soy sauce, paprika, garlic, and cayenne pepper to a shallow dish and whisk to combine. Add the cubed tofu to the marinade, cover, and place in the refrigerator. Marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
When the tofu is done marinating, use a slotted spoon to transfer the tofu to a skillet. Set the marinade liquid aside for later. (Don't discard!)
Cook the tofu over medium heat, flipping occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tofu is crispy and browned on most sides. Remove the tofu from the skillet and set aside.
Add the cornstarch to the leftover marinade liquid and whisk to combine. Add the marinade to the empty skillet and whisk over medium-low heat for 1 to 3 minutes, or until the sauce thickens up. Add the tofu back to the skillet and stir until the tofu is coated in the sauce.
I recommend using super firm tofu, which comes vacuum sealed and doesn't need to be pressed. If you want to use extra-firm tofu, you will need to press the tofu for 15 to 20 minutes before you begin. (To press the tofu, take it out of the packaging, wrap it in a few paper towels, place it on a cutting board or plate, and something heavy on top).